1934 DeSoto Airflow Brougham SedanSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $45,000 - $60,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$52,250 Sold

Specifications:
100hp, 241.5 cu. in. inline six-cylinder engine, Ball & Ball carburetor, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission with freewheeling, solid front and semi-floating rear axle with leaf spring suspension, Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5"

In 1934, the entire DeSoto lineup featured Chrysler Corporation ĺ s new streamlined Airflow design. Walter P. Chrysler expected the streamlined and futuristic Airflow models to take the nation by storm and to reap huge profits. To cover all customer appetites and desires, the 1934 DeSoto could be purchased in five body styles: the four-door sedan, four-door town sedan, two-door brougham, and three and five-passenger coupes.

A design far ahead of its time, the Airflow featured built-in headlamps and wider front seats that could accommodate three adults abreast. The hood was extended past the front axle, and the rear fenders had full fender skirts. There was also a rounded radiator grille and a modified vee-shaped windshield, further styling features that set this car apart from anything ever seen on North American shores.

Not just an exercise in styling, the Airflow series was also a mechanical marvel, incorporating many new concepts in an effort to improve the driving experience. For improved handling, neutral weight distribution was attempted and the body was lower to the ground thanks to a unit body construction and extra long leaf springs.

Of the 13,940 DeSoto Airflows sold in 1934, only 522 were two-door Brougham Sedans.

Disappointed with these figures, the two-door Brougham body style was dropped for 1935. The 1934 DeSoto Airflow Brougham Sedan offered here is one only four Airflow Broughams known to exist. The three other examples are still in private collections, and this one was just recently made available from a private estate.

The Brougham was recently treated to a complete ground up restoration. The exterior was painted two-tone medium brown and light tan using metallic finish paint, which is appropriate given that Chrysler was one of the first to introduce metallic, or as they called it, polychromatic paint, in the mid-1930s. To finish off the exterior, all the chrome was redone, and the undercarriage is clean and painted black.

The interior was fitted with tan cloth and brown vinyl bolsters following the correct pattern and seams, and shows excellent workmanship. The engine was completely overhauled; impressively smooth and quiet, it provides power to a three-speed transmission with the freewheeling option.

The vendor of the Airflow is a senior master AACA judge, and although the Brougham has never been shown, he is quite confident that it would have no problem earning a First Junior and Senior in its first two showings.

Reference Number 6343

as of 1/21/2007

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Car 1934 DeSoto Airflow Brougham Sedan
VIN 5073380 
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