That aerodynamics are an integral part of automobile design today cannot be denied. Some complain that it makes all modern cars look alike, but that was not the case at all back in 1934. In fact, just the opposite was true. This film from Chrysler Corporation explained their new design in clear and simple terms. In it you can learn much of what the company discovered in the quest to build the new streamlined Airflow. At the same time, it clearly demonstrated to the public the refined approach of using design and aerodynamics instead of brute horsepower to move a car through the air.
By turning the body of a Plymouth sedan around and mounting it on the chassis backwards in 1933, Chrysler Engineering demonstrated that the wind resistance was reduced significantly and built on that for the introduction of the Airflow in 1934. Racing great Harry Hartz promptly followed that up with a 24 hour run at Bonneville in the new car where he set 72 class “B” records. After that performance, he next made a coast to coast economy run in a DeSoto Airflow averaging an outstanding 18.1 miles per gallon. You can watch films of both of the runs here. Thanks to Mac’s Motor City for introducing us to today’s video.