3 December 2014
1935 DeSoto Airflow Sedan - Farther Out
If you aren't familiar with this car, then let me tell you first off: it looked like this from the factory in the 1930's.
Its a Chrysler Airflow, (the DeSoto version, to be exact), built from 1934 to 1937. It was one of the first full-size American production cars to use the concept of streamlining to cut wind resistance. The unfortunate thing was that it was too much for the 1930's American car buying public and it was ultimately a huge commercial failure. But, Chrysler made a significant effort at a fundamental change in automotive design with the Airflow and the chain reaction was started; newer car designs took cues from the Airflow and suddenly what was the extreme was the mainstream. Truly, a car 10 years too early.
As I stated in the first paragraph, this slippery customer looks more or less how the factory intended; the real changes are all under the skin and in my opinion, only serve to enhance the exterior.
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