1936 DeSoto Airflow CoupeSOLD
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Estimate: $55,000-$65,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $55,000

100hp, 241.5 cu. in. inline six-cylinder engine, Ball & Ball carburetor, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission with overdrive, Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5"

In 1934, the entire DeSoto lineup featured Chrysler Corporation ĺ s new streamlined Airflow design. A design far ahead of its time, it featured built-in headlamps and wider front seats that could accommodate three adults abreast. The hood was extended past the front axle, the rear fenders had full fender skirts, there was a rounded radiator grille and a modified vee-shaped windshield were some of the styling features that set this car apart from anything ever seen on North American shores.

In 1936, the general Airflow design was only slightly revised, the most prominent change being an all-new and very elegant ornamental radiator grille design. Mechanically, the DeSoto was virtually unchanged with the exception of a new flanged steel roof panel insert bolted to the perimeter of the roof, it was acoustically treated and electrically insulated and served admirably as the antenna for the radio.

Of the 5,000 DeSoto Airflows produced in 1936, only 250 were coupes, of those only eight are believed to survive and just one of them is fully restored. The 1936 DeSoto Airflow Coupe offered here is a very original survivor that shows 86,904 miles (believed to be correct). In the late 1960s, its owner at the time painted it black, overhauled the engine, refinished some of the chrome, and had the interior reupholstered with the correct material (which was still available back then).

In 2005, the DeSoto was awarded Second Place in National Airflow Club and AACA Jr. Division where it scored 365 of a possible 400 points. Today the interior remains in outstanding overall condition. All the gauges, including the extremely rare optional tachometer which runs off the distributor, are operational, with the only exception being the optional electric clock which does not function. The grille has never been rechromed and shows only a very small degree of pin-size pitting, which is a testament to the care and preservation the car has received. The engine starts easily and runs without any smoke, steering is tight and the overdrive is operational; overall the Airflow Coupe is very roadworthy and ready to be enjoyed as is.

Reference Number 11140

as of 7/12/2007

Car 1936 DeSoto Airflow Coupe
VIN 5091863 
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