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Lot Number
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1935 DeSoto Airflow SG Coupe
The Auburn Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: SG5751
• 1 of just 12 remaining examples known
• Recent cosmetic refreshing
• Exciting color with optional leather interior
• Desirable Art Deco design and rare piece of Chrysler history

241.5 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine rated at 100 HP, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle with leaf springs and anti-sway bar, semi-floating rear axle with leaf springs, Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115.5”


Walter Chrysler had a mechanical aptitude that seldom few are gifted with, but he also had a talent for organization. When he introduced his first “Chrysler Six” in 1924, the automotive world quickly took notice. It wasn’t long before he had presented another great car with the introduction of Plymouth in 1928, but what he really needed was the immense capacity of the foundries that Dodge held. He negotiated to purchase Dodge, but the bankers were reluctant to make a deal. He then threatened to build his own car to compete with Dodge if they didn’t surrender to his offer to buy the company. Development began on the new DeSoto and when the bankers heard of this they relented and sold Dodge to Chrysler in one of the biggest deals of the century. With the threat over, everyone thought DeSoto would die quietly on the drawing room table, but Chrysler was on a mission and DeSoto went into production just four days after the Dodge acquisition. It was a smashing success selling just over 81,000 cars in its first year. As one of the most stellar car companies on the American landscape DeSoto had many interesting chapters, but perhaps none more so than the Airflow. Introduced in 1934, this radical and new car was light years ahead of its time and was actually one of the first to use wind tunnel testing in its sleek and aerodynamic design. Sadly, the motoring public just couldn’t handle its drastic new look and production of the Airflow ended in 1936 after just three years.

Offered here is an excellent piece from one of DeSoto’s finest chapters, a rare 1935 Airflow coupe that presents today just as did when Clark Gable ruled the silver screen. DeSoto built just over 6,000 cars for 1935 and just 418 were five-passenger coupes in the SG series like the one here. It is reported that only 12 are accounted for in the present day, making this one a very rare car indeed. This Airflow was owned for many decades by a doctor in Indiana and was never wrecked or allowed to deteriorate before being placed into storage where it sat untouched for 50 years before being liberated and treated to a cosmetic refresh that has returned it to the open road. Its straight and rust-free body was properly refinished and taken down to bare metal and then repainted in DeSoto’s factory color of Envoy Red. The engine was completely rebuilt and it now runs just as it should. Indeed, the 241.5 cubic-inch inline six is well-known as one of the best and most reliable engines ever produced. The engine compartment on this Airflow is nicely detailed with correct colors and all wiring and hoses properly sorted. The interior is a sea of Art Deco-inspired design with flowing curves and supreme elegance found in every facet of its components right down to the dashboard knobs. The gauges on this Airflow were replaced with NOS units and carry a beautifully artistic look. Crank handles on the dashboard allow the front windows to open for ventilation and a large and impressive speedometer is center-mounted for easy viewing. This Airflow also carries the optional leather interior, which was only available in tan. The entire interior of this DeSoto was fully restored and looks today just as it did when it left the factory. This Airflow rides on new wide whitewall tires from Universal and an elegant winged goddess hood mascot points the way.

DeSoto was part of the America car landscape for many decades and, when the end came in 1961, many lamented the passing of a great car. Through the years, DeSoto featured many fine cars that served the needs of everyone, but for just three years the mighty Airflow showed what the future of the car looked like. This 1935 Airflow coupe, with its fine appearance and excellent mechanical reliability, is sure to be a car that gathers looks wherever it goes.

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