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Six cylinder inline engine of 3957 cc displacement
Maximum 100 horsepower @ 3400 rpm
Maximum 185 Ft-Lbs torque @ 1200 rpm
Bore : 3.3 in | 85 mm
Stroke : 4.5 in | 114 mm
Rear wheel drive
Three-speed manual synchromesh transmission
Car weight 3540 lbs
Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
Wheelbase 115.5 inches.
The DeSoto Airflow was built by the Chrysler Corporation for sale through its DeSoto division during model years from 1934 to 1936. The 1934 Airflow models generated interest for their engineering innovations.
The Airflow’s design represented a major attempt at aerodynamics. Headlights were flush mounted and it lacked the traditional upright radiator throat and decorative cap ornament.
The car’s split windshield was angled to redirect the air. Front and rear fenders were smoother, more form fitting curves.
The car had wider front seats and deeper back seats with more legroom. Because of the car’s unibody construction passengers rode within the frame of the car, and it boasted a stiffer body and better weight distribution.
The engine was between the front wheels which is an arrangement most new cars have followed.
The interior was among the most luxurious and safest in the world.
Ventilation was outstanding due to airspace beneath the front seats and elaborate dual action windows, twin cowl vents and crank out windshields.
- During the first year of production DeSoto sold 13,940 vehicles. The 1936 year saw 5000 DeSoto sales.The Airflow design remained mostly unchanged until 1935 when it was slightly revised. For 1935, the more conventionally-styled SF-Series Airflows debuted, outselling the more radical SG-Series cars by a factor of over three to one.In Europe the DeSoto Airflow was popular. The Monte Carlo Concours d’Elegence presented DeSoto with the Grand Prix award for aerodynamic styling.In America it was not popular, by 1934 DeSoto deliveries declined 47%. DeSoto fell from 10th to 13th place in the industry.In 1936, the Airflow line was canceled.Sources: Allpar, Chrysler
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- Concours/show results:
Winner Motorclassica 2014 – Vintage & Pre War