1934 Chrysler Airflow

Walter Chrysler was known for his willingness to push the envelope of innovation, and his company’s 1934 Airflow was no exception. Chrysler engineer Carl Breer styled the radical body shape through the use of a wind tunnel. Breer’s colleague, Fred Zeder, created an early ‘unibody’ design consisting of a square tubing skeleton welded to the chassis. The Airflow offered a host of advanced features, including all-steel construction and a vee-profile windshield.

Hailed by the motoring press as revolutionary, the Airflow was spurned by the public as too radical. Low sales saw Chrysler facelift the line to a more conventional look in subsequent model years before discontinuing it entirely in 1937.

Country of Origin



Number Built

United States Inline Eight, 299 C.I. (Ford) 122 8,389 (732 Coupes)

Exhibited courtesy of Charles W. and Charlotte Cochran of Shelbyville, Indiana.

Hood Ornament on a Chrysler Airflow. Two long wings sit on the front of the hood.

Did you know?

Despite its lukewarm reception, the Airflow spawned several imitators, including the Toyota AA and the Peugeot 202.

Photo Credit: Visit South Bend



About this Series

Streamlined: Style on Motion was on display at the Museum in 2019.  This series of articles comes for the displays from that exhibition.

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