Thursday, August 8, 2013
1935 Chrysler Imperial Model C-2 Airflow Coupe
Wind tunnel testing revealed that the typical, square-shaped 1930's automobile was more aerodynamically efficient when driven backwards, a revelation that led directly to the Airflow line. Breer focused on aerodynamics and had his colleague Fred Zeder design a strong unibody structure.
Snub-nosed, and with the passengers positioned in front of the rear axle, the bold new Airflow Chryslers and Desotos lacked the long hoods and sweeping fenders of conventional rivals. A lavish chrome waterfall grille, side strakes, skirted fenders, multi-bar bumpers and tubular chrome-plated seat frames showed Art Deco influences. The new Airflow was miles ahead in safety and strength, but its unconventional design failed to gain much public acceptance.
This 1935 Imperial C-2 Coupe is one of ten known to survive of just 200 built. The Airflow is perhaps the best example of Art Deco style in the American idiom. This rare C-2 Coupe is a brilliantly conceived and well-executed machine that was simply too modern for its time.