Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
1936 Chrysler Airflow C-9 Sedan
Recently acquired from a long term collector from Sandy Utah
One of only 1,590 Chrysler Airflows C-9 Sedans made in 1936
324 CID inline eight-cylinder engine with downdraft carburetor
Three-speed manual transmission with automatic overdrive with semi-floating rear axle
Harvard Maroon over black exterior with tan broadcloth interior
Uni-body construction, all-steel top and 123-inch wheelbase
Six-way adjustable front seat, hydraulic power-assisted brakes
Automatic electric choke, Floating Power engine mounts and Life Guard inner tubes
Crank-out windshield, recent MOPAR spotlight
Documentation includes poster of vehicle statistics
Own this Vehicle from $645 per month-call 636-600-4600
Looking for all the world like it belongs on the set of a Dick Tracy film, Chrysler went out on a rare limb in the mid-1930s and unveiled its Airflow models as the country recovered from the Great Depression. Rarely seen today, this example is just one of 1,590 Chrysler Airflows C-9 made at Chryslers Highland Park, Michigan assembly plant in 1936 and now it is for sale at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. We recently acquired this Airflow from a well known long-term collector from Sandy Utah.
Dressed in Harvard Maroon over black, the cars paint and trim are in overall very good order and even add a slight sinister air to the cars presence. The cars veed, two-piece windshield (which could be opened via hand crank), six side windows and divided rear glass are all clear and intact while the aerodynamic headlights and accented taillights enhance the cars avant-garde styling. The front side vent windows even roll into the doors with the main glass, however there is a crack in the drivers side rearmost window. As was common during that time, the rear doors open coach style, i.e., they are hinged at the rear (suicide).
With solid, original bodywork, including an all-steel top, the cars engine bay is quite tidy, its cargo area with a full-sized spare tire, is in very good order and the cars chrome bumpers are in very good, original condition. This Airflow rides on wide whitewall tires, size 7.00-16 at all four corners. Airflows in 1936 featured Life Guard inner tubes which had dual inner tubes. Each tire is mounted to red, vented factory wheel with a steel center cap. The tires and wheels are in good, original condition. Note that this car only has a working drivers side windshield wiper and a modern, Mopar drivers side spotlight.
Under the hood is Chryslers 324 CID straight eight-cylinder engine with downdraft carburetor. Backing this motor are a three-speed manual transmission with automatic overdrive and a semi-floating rear axle with a 4.1:1 rear end. Driver convenience features include power-assisted hydraulic brakes, automatic electric choke and Floating Power engine mounts.
Inside, the tan broadcloth interior is in overall great shape. The large, accommodating front and rear seats look comfy enough to fall asleep in. The front seat even has six-way adjustments. The matching carpet and headliner also are in very good shape. A black, three-spoke steering wheel faces the driver while the instrument panel, with its Art Deco design, center-mounted gauges, speedometer and tachometer combination and woodgrain accents, is in very good order, as are the inner door panels. In back, a long metal bar hangs from the rear of the front bench so one could hang overcoats or blankets on during winter or other, cold periods. The rear window also came with a roll-down sunshade.
The first thing prospective customers noticed about the Airflow was its conspicuously modern styling compared to other two-box and more traditional cars in the mid-1930s. Carl Breer, who led Chryslers Research and Development Group, realized that traditional automotive bodies were ill-equipped to handle speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour, top velocities becoming more common during this era.
Using small-scale and life-sized wind tunnels, Breer and his team discovered that some cars exhibited less drag going backward so Chrysler stylists gave the car a tapered rear end with a curved front. Designers moved the passenger cabin forward, reducing vibrations and moving rear seat passengers from sitting over the rear axle. Pushing the four wheels to the cars ends vastly enhanced the cars cornering and ride, 60 years prior to the companys Cab Forward designs. As a widely distributed promotional reel shown in movie theatres, audiences nationwide watched an empty Airflow tumble down a 110-foot tall cliff in Pennsylvania, followed by someone who gets in and drive the damaged car away under its own power.
Chrysler also changed things most customers never saw. A semi-unit-body frame replaced the ubiquitous ladder frame. The Airflows body was stiffer than comparable body-on-frame cars. Besides moving the cabin forward, the Airflow engines rested over the front axles, the rear seat set 20
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