Fashioned by Function - Chrysler Airflow
The development and testing of the revolutionary, streamline designed Chrysler Airflow. The Chrysler Airflow is an automobile produced by the Chrysler Corporation from 1934 to 1937. The Airflow was one of the first full-size American production car to use streamlining as a basis for building a sleeker automobile, one less susceptible to air resistance. Chrysler made a significant effort at a fundamental change in automotive design with the Chrysler Airflow, but it was ultimately a huge commercial failure. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Airflow S154
Chrysler Airflow Economy Run
Chrysler engineers thought they had a winner with their aerodynamic coupe the Chrysler Airflow. Created during the art deco, streamlined era of the 1930s the company was convinced that the public was ready for something really new and different. The engineers touted that fact that it was not only stylish but roomy and because its sleek design caused less wind resistance - it was fuel efficient. Unfortunately, the public stayed away from the futuristic vehicle and Chrysler stopped producing the Airflow after two years.
Early Chrysler History Pt. 1
Walter P. Chrysler and his engineers put late 1920s cars through their paces. Up hill and down dale -- they built cars that were as tough as they were.
Kaiser -- Cars That Challenged Detroit
When auto production started up after the cessation of World War II hostilities, major manufacturers simply picked up where they left off after Pearl Harbor introducing 1942 lines as 46s. Nobody was fooled but it didnt matter as demand far outstripped supply. Henry J. Kaiser, steel and ship building magnate, entered the fray with an advantage: a clean slate. Kaisers were truly all new when introduced as 47s and sales soared: Kaiser (with sister marque Frazer) outsold such established names as Studebaker, Nash, Hudson, Mercury and Chrysler. Today, Kaisers are rarely seen and thats part of their appeal. Kaiser is a remnant of a time when it seemed that, having vanquished that eras Axis of Evil, Americans could do anything, including start a car company from scratch.