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1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU

The Carl Breer designed Chrysler Airflow was ahead of its time in terms of aerodynamics. The design was revolutionary for the 1930s; the sales however would be its downfall. The design of the vehicle came about after many hours spent in wind tunnels. Orville Wright, an aviation expert, was called upon to help design a vehicle that achieved aerodynamic similar to an airplane. Lightweight, rigid materials were used to help compliment the vehicle's design. A prototype called the Trifon Special was constructed in 1932. In 1934, the production model was completed and ready for sale.

Chryslers Airflows used strictly eight-cylinders while the De Soto version used 6 cylinders. The vehicle could be purchased in five different wheelbase lengths. The largest length being 145 inches and labeled the Custom Imperials.

The front of the car had a large grill that extended from the hood to the bumper. When sales did not do well, the grill was changed to a more conventional 'skyscraper' gill in 1935. This also did not produce desirable sales results so the grill was once again modified. Sadly, sales still were unacceptable.

Hydraulic brakes were fitted to the car. A three-speed manual gearbox was used. The 122 horsepower Inline-8 could power the car from zero to sixty in 19.5 seconds and attain a top speed of about 88 miles per hour.

During the first year of production, 11,292 Chrysler Airflow's were sold. The cheaper De Soto alternative sold 13,940 vehicles. The 1936 year saw only 6,285 Chrysler Airflow sales and 5,000 De Soto sales. In 1937, the vehicle was taken off the market.


Related Reading : Chrysler Airflow History

The Chrysler Airflow was introduced in 1934 as an exercise in aerodynamics, form, and function. Soon, the Airflow would be used by the Chryslers counterpart, the DeSoto Motor Company. The interior was surprisingly roomy and comfortable. The eight-cylinder engine provided around 115 horsepower, more depending on the options selected. It was a design that was far ahead of its time. Unfortunately,....
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Related Reading : Chrysler Airflow History

Produced from 1934 until 1937, the Chrysler Airflow was the original full-size American production vehicle that used streamlining as a basis for building a sleeker automobile, one less susceptible to air resistance. Though it ended up being what is considered by some a commercial failure, Chrysler did made an effort at a fundamental change in automotive design with the Chrysler Airflow. Chryslers....
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1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU vehicle information

Sedan

No other automobile influenced vehicle design more than the Airflow. There were numerous imitators (some better) of its styling, but it started a revolution in ride, interior seating packaging, engine packaging and body engineering. This car was th....[continue reading]

1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 6597700

Wind-tunnel testing aided in a host of engineering innovations including the engine moved forward over the front axle, passengers placed ahead of the rear axle, and welded, unitized body construction instead of the traditional carriage body bolted to....[continue reading]

1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU vehicle information

Sedan

The Chrysler Airflow was a full-size American production car and the first to use aerodynamics for more efficiency. Wind tunnel research was used in the vehicles design and it was given unibody construction. The wheelbase measured 123.5 inches and it....[continue reading]

1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU vehicle information

Sedan

Chassis Num: 6597265
Engine Num: C17-3113

This Model CU has been treated to a full restoration and is powered by the original 299-cubic inch flathead straight-eight engine, which produces 122 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual floor shift transmission with overdrive, and four-wheel hy....[continue reading]

1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU vehicle information

Sedan

The Chrysler Airflow is considered to be the very first production streamlined car. Produced from 1934-1937, it was far ahead of its time. The basis for the Chrysler Airflow was rooted in Chrysler Engineer Carl Breer's curiosity about how forms affec....[continue reading]

Sedan
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 6597700 
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Sedan
Chassis #: 6597265 
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1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU Base Price : $1,345

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chrysler
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)67,749
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)41,496
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)107,872
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)71,295
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)50,010
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)36,929
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)30,220
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)25,291
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)65,500
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)77,881
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)167,843

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