• July 17, 2015

1935 Chrysler Airflow

1935 Chrysler Airflow

Automobile Driving Museum

Chrysler was first in the industry with an all steel body for production cars.  The airflow design was introduced in 1934.  It was indeed a revolutionary car and a most interesting one by any standard.   Chrysler’s triumvirate, or the Three Musketeers as they were known back then, Zeder, Breer, and Skelton, were looking for a new design.  The trio had determined that a Zeppelin-like oval design tapering to the rear was the automobile’s optimum shape.  Thus, the Airflow began as a miniature in a wind tunnel to get the right design.  From this followed a series of engineering decisions creating this most innovative car.  Chrysler described the Airflow appearance as “The beauty of nature itself”.  Unfortunately the public did not agree and found it bizarre or just plain ugly.  Only 10,794 were sold in 1934 and total production for 1935 was 7,751.

In the 1991 movie, Bugsy, a gold '35 Chrysler Airflow can be seen to the lower right of the screen.

In the 1991 movie, Bugsy, a gold ’35 Chrysler Airflow can be seen to the lower right of the screen.

 

 

1935 Chrysler Airflow 
 
 
Body Style 4 door sedan
Factory Price $1,245
Production 4,617 this model
Weight 3,928 lbs.
Engine Straight 8 L-head
Horse Power 130 @ 3,400 rpm

B15
Cubic Inches 323.5
Wheel Base 123 in.
Transmission 3 speed floor shift w/overdrive
Brakes 4 wheel hydraulic

 

1935 Chrysler Airflow at the Automobile Driving Museum. Photo: Michelle Leveille

1935 Chrysler Airflow at the Automobile Driving Museum. Photo: Michelle Leveille 

The 1935 Chrysler Airflow at the Automobile Driving Museum features an all stamped metal unibody design.

The 1935 Chrysler Airflow at the Automobile Driving Museum features an all stamped metal unibody design.