1934 Chrysler Imperial Airflow CV

1934 Chrysler Imperial Airflow CV

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This all original 1934 Chrysler Airflow was the fastest closed stock car of its time and holds 72 AAA-sanctioned speed records; a brilliant design that was inspired by aircraft technology. The beautiful curvature that starts from the front with a smooth rounded hood and continues with a sleek body all the way back to the tailpipe foreshadowed the aerodynamic engineering of today’s industry. The Airflow was the first to be tested in a wind tunnel.

  • YEAR & MAKE - 1934 Chrysler
  • MODEL NAME - Airflow Imperial Eight
  • MODEL/BODY/STYLE NUMBER - CV
  • BODY TYPE - 4 Door, 6 Passenger Sedan
  • BODY BY - Chrysler
  • # CYLS. - Strt. 8
  • TRANSMISSION TYPE & NUMBER - 3 Speed, Conventional Clutch, RWD
  • WEIGHT - 3,974 lbs
  • ESTIMATED PRODUCTION - 1,997
  • HP - 130
  • C.I.D. - 323.54
  • WHEELBASE - 128″
  • PRICE NEW - $1,625
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Chrysler Corporation made automotive history when it premiered the Airflow at the New York Auto Show in January 1934. It was a radical departure from anything that preceded it. In addition to its streamlined, art-deco looks, the car was bursting with technical ingenuity. Its novel beam and truss design combined light weight and superb strength and was the forerunner of today’s unitized body construction. The enormous interior with 50-inch wide chair-height seats had the rear seat situated forward of the rear axle offering a better ride. Airflows were also the fastest closed body stock car at the time holding no less than 72 AAA-sanctioned records. Despite all the hoopla, the public never really warmed up to the advanced styling. The Airflow disappeared after 1937.

The CV was a larger version of the new Airflow with more standard equipment and luxurious appointments. This car was purchased new by Bruce Creveling in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He owned it until the early 1970s, using it to pull a travel trailer while wintering in Florida and on family vacations including Colorado. Creveling’s daughter Carol was reunited with the car in 2012. Creveleling was a founding member of the Airflow club in 1962 and became its technical director.