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Lot 629
1934 Chrysler Airflow Coupe


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CHASSIS NO: 6598099

• 1 of only 10 known to exist
• Airflow Club National Best in Show; AACA Grand National First, Senior
• Complete body-off restoration; Striking original color of Sultana Sand
• Factory options include overdrive, leather interior, heater, and the only factory trunk rack known
• A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the finest from the Art Deco era

323 cid L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, 115 HP, two-barrel Stromberg carburetor, three-speed manual transmission with automatic overdrive, tubular front axle, live rear axle with rear leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 122.8”

The Chrysler Airflow was the first truly aerodynamic streamlined American car. “It bores through the air,” Chrysler advertised—and they could prove it, because the Airflow had been extensively tested in the wind tunnel. But it was more than its form that made the Airflow historically significant. Its steel, semi-unitized body was years ahead of the competition. Chrysler demonstrated the Airflow’s structural strength by pushing one off a 110-ft high cliff, then driving the car away.

Introduced in 1934, the Chrysler Airflow was offered until 1937. The first year, with its curved “waterfall” grille, was the purest expression of the design; the 1935 through 1937 models had a more vertical grille, designed to give them a more conventional appearance. Today, the ’34 is especially prized for its resemblance to the famed streamline train, the Burlington Zephyr. Both the Airflow and the Zephyr were ‘art moderne’ sensations at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. During the design’s four-year production run, about 55,000 Airflows were built.

All Chrysler Airflows were closed models and their interiors were unlike anything else on the road. Inspired by aircraft of the time, the Airflow’s seats featured exposed chromed tubular frames. Most featured cloth upholstery that had leather accents and piping; however, this Airflow is equipped with the seldom-seen all-leather upholstery. The vast majority of Airflows were four-door sedans and each year a very few long-wheelbase limousines were produced as well. The coupe body style is exceedingly rare and the most desirable. This stunning 1934 Airflow Coupe is one of only 732 coupes produced and only approximately ten are known to exist today. Other options include a factory heater and desirable overdrive. Additionally, this is the only 1934 Airflow Coupe to carry the factory optional trunk rack, adding to the rarity and desirability of this automotive art deco masterpiece. A powerful Chrysler L-head straight-eight engine allows the Airflow to take advantage of its innovative aerodynamic shape, resulting in comfortable freeway-speed touring on today’s roads.

In the late 1970s this Airflow was purchased by Mr. Rich Case from Gus Gundaker, a Chrysler dealer and collector in Upstate New York, who kept it in his collection until it would change hands in 1993. In 2015, a comprehensive, no-expense-spared restoration was commissioned in an effort to make it one of the finest Airflows in existence. The painstaking restoration efforts were rewarded when the car captured some of the highest awards achievable, multiple times. Some of these impressive awards include an AACA First Junior and Senior as well AACA Grand National First and Senior awards, plus being nominated for the Zenith Award. It also dominated the Airflow Club National meet when it was shown, taking home Best of Class, Best Junior Division, People’s Choice and Best of Show. It has also been honored with the coveted W.P. Chrysler Trophy for High Points.

Finished elegantly in the optional, and seldom seen, Sultana Sand color with complementary leather interior, this landmark of American automotive design is as striking to look at today as it was in 1934. The attention to detail and quality of the restoration are unmatched, as the bountiful collection of trophies attest. At the highest level of art deco decadence and form, this rare and coveted 1934 Chrysler Airflow Coupe is one the finest and most awarded examples of its kind.

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