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1936 Chrysler Airflow

Chrysler's 1934 Airflow was a breakthrough in design. It incorporated a number of highly unusual and technically advanced features. Its breakthrough streamlined shape was developed in Chrysler's own wind tunnel. The wheels were located in the far corners of the body and the engine far forward to improve the ride. The chassis and body were a rigid, integrated structure. Regarded today as a milestone in engineering and an important example of Machine Age design, it proved to be more advanced than the American market, still struggling with the Depression in the middle years of the Thirties, could accept. Chrysler then did what it could to recoup its investment, retaining the Airflow's basic design and structure but giving it a more conventional look This 1936 C-11 is the only one of its kind known to survive out of only 37 built. Known as a "Limousine by Chrysler", it seats five luxuriously on beige broadcloth upholstery in the rear, with rear-facing jump seats, a clock and a rollup division window. There is additional seating on the chauffeur's front bench seat. It is nearly completely original and has been carefully preserved by a long-term owner from 1968 until 2001, giving it mechanical and cosmetic attention as needed. It has a long show history including Concours wins both for its type and for its originality. With magazine features, articles and photos -- even a copy of its original build sheet -- it is one of a kind, carefully researched and sympathetically and accurately presented. It is one of only four Chrysler Airflows and the only C-11 accepted as a Full Classic [TM] by the Classic Car Club of America. It is literally unique and a marvelous example of Chrysler's engineering and design leadership in the Thirties.


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