1934 DeSoto Airflow Sedan

Summary

The Airflow offers a cautionary tale: incredibly well-engineered, with a shape developed using wind tunnel tests and an interior that incorporated new and durable material -- its sales were hugely disappointing. The design was too advanced for the public, at a time when the market was strained. However, its influence on the style of other cars began to appear almost immediately.

The Airflow offers a cautionary tale: incredibly well-engineered, with a shape developed using wind tunnel tests and an interior that incorporated new and durable material -- its sales were hugely disappointing. The design was too advanced for the public, at a time when the market was strained. However, its influence on the style of other cars began to appear almost immediately.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1934

Creators

Chrysler Corporation. DeSoto Division 

Breer, Carl, 1883- 

Place of Creation

United States 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by the DeSoto Division of Chrysler Corporation; based on a design by Carl Breer.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

86.52.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Hardy W. Trolander.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Chromium

Color

Gray (Color)
Beige (Color)
Brown

Dimensions

Height: 66 in

Width: 70.25 in

Length: 196 in

Wheelbase: 115.5 in

Weight: 3378 lbs

Inscriptions

Plate above each headlight: DESOTO / CHRYSLER MOTORS / PRODUCT Rear lights: DESOTO Spare tire carrier: DESOTO Plate on spare tire carrier: DESOTO / CHRYSLER MOTORS / PRODUCT

Specifications

Make & Model: 1934 DeSoto Airflow

Maker: Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, Michigan

Engine: inline-6, L-head valves, 241.5 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 66 inches

Wheelbase: 115.5 inches

Width: 70 inches

Overall length: 196 inches

Weight: 3378 pounds

Horsepower: 100 at 3400 rpm

Price: $995

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