Chrysler Airflow

Chrysler Airflow 1930s American classic car

The Chrysler Airflow was where Art met Science! The lines of its bodywork were drawn from aerodynamics - at a time when that discipline was a mere glint in a boffin's eye! Certainly, it was far from being routinely used in automotive design. Indeed, the Airflow was the first production car to feature the fledgling craft. A 'wind tunnel' was duly developed. Even today, such systems are considered arcane ... but, in the early '30s, they were tantamount to a black art! The engineering wizards overseeing the project were Carl Breer, Fred Zeder, and Owen Skelton. Breer was the catalyst ... he had been first to be smitten by the science of aerodynamics. Zeder and Skelton soon followed suit. And it did no harm at all when Orville Wright - father of aviation - was brought on board! More than 50 test cars were built. By means, then, of painstaking refinements, the Chrysler Airflow gradually took shape.

But the Airflow was not just about aerodynamics. 'Weight loss', too, was part of its brief. The car's svelte frame was made from metal - rather than the customary timber. Perched on that frame was monocoque bodywork - reducing weight still further. And what weight was left was carefully situated. For optimal ride and handling, the engine was above the front wheels. The seats were ensconced within the wheelbase. Thanks to the wind-cheating work, the Airflow was well able to 'turn up the wick'. In 1934, a top speed of 88mph was not to be sniffed at!

In sales terms, though, all this groundbreaking was for nought! Walter Chrysler had shown courage and commitment in commissioning the car. But, the Airflow was the future. Buyers were not ready for its 'free-flowing' design. And rumours of build quality faults - from new welding techniques - did not help! But, such is the way with innovation. Geographically-speaking, Chrysler were in Detroit. But, in engineering terms, they were in unknown territory! Ultimately, though, a car like the Airflow is not about sales. Rather, it is about the legacy it leaves ... and the design visions it engenders. The Airflow's blend of Art and Science would go on to affect motoring for decades to come.


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