Saturday, January 3, 2015
1934 Chrysler Imperial Airflow Series CV
High bid of $57,000 at 2009 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
The Chrysler Imperial Airflow Series CV Eight was a larger version of the newly introduced Airflow. It was given more luxurious amenities and equipment. It had a wheelbase that measured 128 inches, about six-inches more than the standard Airflow Series CU. The engine found in the CV was an eight-cylinder unit that displaced 323.5 cubic-inches and produced 130 horsepower.
The design of the Airflow is credited to engineer Carl Breer, who with Owen Skelton and Fred Zeder formed Chrysler's 'Three Musketeers.' The result of their work was a streamlined shape that was very aerodynamic and formed through wind tunnel research. The chassis was a semi-unitary 'truss bridge' setup that was based on contemporary aircraft construction principles. The engine was placed directly over the front axle, allowing the seats to be located entirely within the car's wheelbase. This gave the passengers more room and a remarkably smooth ride.
When Chrysler introduced the Airflow in 1934, there were six series available, while DeSoto offered a single Airflow model.
This particular Imperial Airflow CV Coupe is one of just 212 examples originally produced. It is believed that only three examples have passed the test of time and are in existence. It has a newer concours-level restoration finished in light beige and ride on period correct whitewall tires and body-colored artillery wheels with chrome hubcaps and trim rings. There is button-tufted cloth upholstery that remains in excellent condition throughout.
In 2009, this Model K Brougham with coachwork by Brunn & Co., was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was expected to sell for $75,000 - $100,000. As bidding came to a close the lot had been sold for the sum of $57,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009