1937 Chrysler Airflow Imperial C-17
Rotisserie Frame & Body-Off Restoration Completed in '97 - Kept Indoors
L-Head Rebuilt 8-Cylinder Engine - Rebuilt
3-Speed Manual Transmission & Overdrive
Two-Tone Exterior Paint
Restored Interior to Orignal
Restored Chassis & Underbody - Original Metal
Factory Steel Wheels & Spare - B.F. Goodrich Silvertown Wide Whitewall Tires
Vent Windows & Cowl Doors
Factory Gauges & Cluster
Stunning Vintage & Restored Brightwork
This beautiful Airflow has been Texas owned since 1966, having underwent an extensive no expense spare frame-off restoration in Amarillo completed in 1997. We have many photos of this car in its disassembled bare form along with the engine and chassis. The original L-head 8-cylinder engine was rebuilt during the restoration by Cecil Johnson at Tristate Machine.
Chrysler's Airflow was produced from 1934 until 1937. Sales dwindled year by year to only 4,600 units for '37. This advanced stream-lined design was perhaps too ahead of its time. This particular example is in beautiful condition, boasting a seasoned restoration of which originality as the focus. Always a dry climate car, the undercarriage is very solid with no signs of panel replacement or rust.
The paint is in beautiful condition, as is the body throughout this car. The paint work was by Ken Henson, completed in 1997. The Airflow design was subjected to extensive wind tunnel testing by Chrysler engineers including Carl Breer, Fred Zeder, and Owen Skelton. Orville Wright was also involved in the wind tunnel testing. The dashboard is a work of art in itself. The factory gauges and dash are in gorgeous condition on this Airflow.
The sleek fender skits are another stream-lined design features. The bright work is in beautiful condition, from the grille to the bumpers. These photos were taken at the Dallas Love Field Frontiers of Flight Museum, located only minutes from our showroom. Be sure to visit the historic museum if you find yourself in Dallas, Texas. The old World War II era ration sticker is in place and speaks volumes in itself.
The interior upholstery shows very well and appears correct. The seats were noted for comfort of the time. The front seat is 6-way manual adjusted according to Chrysler brochures. A design features also noted was the forward movement of the seating over the chassis for increased leg room and a more stable, comfortable ride. This back to original interior restoration was completed by Earl Edder.
Under the hood is the Straight-8 engine. This powerplant is factory-rated at 130 horsepower. The engine compartment displays well throughout. This is a running and driving vehicle that is very well maintained. Again, the dash displays just beautifully. The floor shift works correctly through the gears. Overdrive was a standard feature of the '37 Airflow model. The Airflow also boasted one of the first push-button starts.
The windshield's crank out for driver & passenger as do the engine compartment cowl doors. The vent windows roll up and down with the side glass, another unique Airflow feature. The door panels are in excellent condition and the door undersides are solid.
The undercarriage displays very well, attributed to the beautiful restoration work. The flooring, chassis, engine & transmission underside and suspension show well. During the body-off rotisserie restoration, the underbody was deemed original throughout with no sign of panel replacement or rust. The following photos are more of this Airflow's extensive restoration process.
The large trunk contains a new full sized spare tire/wheel and plenty of room for luggage. The trunk is completed finished out, as is the trunk lid underside. There is a spare Airflow wheel cover and a few assorted parts.