The Chrysler Corporation made automotive history when it premiered the Airflow at the New York International Auto Show in January 1934. A product of Chrysler designer Carl Breer along with fellow Chrysler engineers Fred Zeder and Owen Skelton the Airflow was a monumental breakthrough in automotive design. In addition to its streamlined Art Deco looks the car was bursting with technical ingenuity: a novel beam-and-truss design combining light weight and superb strength a precursor to the unibody; an enormous interior with chair-height 50-inch-wide seats; a rear seat situated forward of the rear axle offering unprecedented room7592 1936 Chrysler Airflow Coup a first an automobile; and an engine placed over the front axle 20 inches further forward than in other Chryslers making for a very spacious front seat. All passengers sat within the wheelbase resulting in a remarkably smooth ride.Although the press was generally positive in its reaction and enamored with the cars technology the public was not. The blunt shape did not arouse enthusiasm and many of the design cues that are now cherished by enthusiasts were shunned in their day. Airflows disappeared after 1937 but are today regarded as automotive icons due to their myriad of technical and stylistic advancements.This 1936 Chrysler Airflow Series C9 Coupe is particularly rare as one of just 110 examples built and only 5 known to survive. A copy of the factory build card supplied by FCA Historical Services confirms this Airflow C9 was built with such desirable features as overdrive and power-assisted Lockheed hydraulic brakes. Its known and unbroken provenance stretches back to 1958. A detailed concours-level restoration was performed during the early 2000s and more recently elevated in 20162017. Resplendent in Fawn Beige the presentation is exquisite with outstanding paint and impeccable brightwork and detailing.The cabin is expansive and accommodating and is beautifully trimmed with herringbone broadcloth upholstery. A large speedometer and multigauge highlight the beautiful Art Deco dash which is finished in a complementary shade of dark brown.At the heart of the Airflow is Chryslers 323 c.i. inline eight producing 115 horsepower. A smooth-shifting three-speed manual backs the engine and while the overall design is somewhat conventional for such an advanced car it is beautifully engineered and constructed imparting the Airflow with the outstanding road manners for which they are well known. The engine is finely detailed as befitting of a concours-restored car.The car has been active on the show circuit and concours entries include the Hilton Head Island Concours dElegance in 2018 and again in 2021 when the Airflow earned the esteemed Palmetto Award. In 2019 the rare Chrysler was exhibited in Tampa Florida at the Gasparilla Concours dElegance winning Best in Class. It has earned AACA National First Place Junior Senior and Grand National awards AACA Presidents Cup in the SE Region in 2018 First in Class honors at the 2022 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival as well as the Walter P. Chrysler (Best of Show) award at the Airflow Club of Americas 2022 meeting. While the Chrysler Airflow was only briefly made its advanced design foreshadowed numerous design principles still in use among the worlds automakers. This exceedingly rare and sporting C9 Coupe is a true design landmark and a most fitting touchstone to the engineering excellence of Walter P. Chrysler and his staff.Offers welcome and trades consideredFor additional details please view this listing directly on our website https://hymanltd.com/vehicles/7592-1936-chyrsler-airflow-c9-coupe/
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