Recently acquired from a long term collector from Sandy Utah
One of only 1,590 Chrysler Airflows C9 Sedans made in 1936
324 CID inline eightcylinder engine with downdraft carburetor
Threespeed manual transmission with automatic overdrive with semifloating rear axle
Harvard Maroon over black exterior with tan broadcloth interior
Unibody construction, allsteel top and 123inch wheelbase
Sixway adjustable front seat, hydraulic powerassisted brakes
Automatic electric choke, Floating Power engine mounts and Life Guard inner tubes
Crankout windshield, recent MOPAR spotlight
Documentation includes poster of vehicle statistics
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 mid1930s 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 C9 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 longterm 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, twopiece 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 avantgarde 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 allsteel top, the cars engine bay is quite tidy, its cargo area with a fullsized 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 7.0016 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 eightcylinder engine with downdraft carburetor. Backing this motor are a threespeed manual transmission with automatic overdrive and a semifloating rear axle with a 4.1:1 rear end. Driver convenience features include powerassisted 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 sixway adjustments. The matching carpet and headliner also are in very good shape. A black, threespoke steering wheel faces the driver while the instrument panel, with its Art Deco design, centermounted 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 rolldown sunshade.
The first thing prospective customers noticed about the Airflow was its conspicuously modern styling compared to other twobox and more traditional cars in the mid1930s. Carl Breer, who led Chryslers Research and Development Group, realized that traditional automotive bodies were illequipped to handle speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour, top velocities becoming more common during this era.
Using smallscale and lifesized 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 110foot 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 semiunitbody frame replaced the ubiquitous ladder frame. The Airflows body was stiffer than comparable bodyonframe cars. Besides moving the cabin forward, the Airflow engines rested over the front axles, the rear seat set 20 inches forward of the rear axle, putting driver and passengers between the axles. This also allowed the front and rear suspensions to operate independently. Chrysler engineers also created the cars Floating Ride, which had spring actions people found natural and restful.
For 1936, the Airflow surrendered its smooth backside when a trunk was tacked onto the body of the car. The grille also became more pronounced. That year, only the C9 and C10 Airflow body styles broke the 1,000unit mark. Otherwise, total Airflow production sank to 6,275 units compared to the concurrent Airstream models, which sold more than 52,000 units for 1936. Nineteen thirtysix would be the last year that Chryslers premium Imperial model range would carry the Airflow. Life Guard tires were introduced, which had two tubes inside the tire.
Prospective customers gave the Airflow the cold shoulder, saleswise. Some people derided it as too ugly, others found it to be too radical to put one in their driveway or on in front of their home. Chrysler made some attempts to change trim and minor styling pieces from 1935 to 1937 but the basic shape remained. The Airflow damaged Chrysler far more than one would think; the company lost market share, time and credibility forcing Chrysler to become overcautious in its products for 30 years, and, erasing, to a degree, its main strength; and styling became more important. The key technical lessons of the Airflow would be put aside though some were picked up outside the company.
General Motors responded to the Airflow with its Turret Top models. Volvo and Peugeot quickly copied and condensed the Airflows styling and advantages for themselves. Volvo released the PV 36 Carioca between 1935 and 1938 while the Peugeot 202 was built between 1938 and 1942 and after a stint of 20 models in 1945, it continued from 1946 until 1949. The Airflows biggest imitator may have been a new car company called Toyota with its first production model, the AA in 1936.
Competition to this Airflow in 1936 included Buicks Century, Cadillacs Series 60 sedan, Chryslers Airstream, DeSotos companion Airflow and Airstream, Dodges D2 fourdoor touring sedan, LaSalles Series 50, the LincolnZephyr sedan, Oldsmobiles Series L, Packards OneTwenty Sedan and Pontiacs DeLuxe Eight.
The Airflow is an American classic, a 1930s styling icon and it directly or indirectly influenced automakers worldwide. You probably would not see another one like it at a local car show or cruise event but you would field a lot of questions from curious passersby and maybe even hear a few stories from those whose parents or grandparents used to own an Airflow. If youre interested in getting your hands on this rolling, Art Deco masterpiece, you should visit MotoeXotica Classic Cars today
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 83,625 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE
Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.
This 1936 Chrysler Airflow C-9 was listed for sale on 3-23-19 15:56:09. The vehicle color is Harvard Maroon over Black and VIN is
not available . Kindly check ad for seller's location. Seller`s stock ID is motoe181101. There are 13 other Chrysler cars currently listed for sale on our website. You may desire to see what other Chrysler cars are selling for by visiting our Sales Data page.
Exterior: Harvard Maroon over Black
This vehicle is no longer available. Check out our other cars like this one or browse all of our classic, vintage and collector cars listed for sale.
Note from the publisher: Welcome to our collector car marketplace where we feature thousands of classified ad listings of vintage cars for sale. We hope that you will bookmark our site and visit often; our cars are updated every day. Furthermore we encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list so that we may periodically notify you of interesting classic cars that become available.