Early Car Aerodynamics: 1934 Chrysler Airflow - Jay Leno’s Garage

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10 ай мурун

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Early Car Aerodynamics: 1934 Chrysler Airflow - Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno's Garage

Fokkerd3red Күн мурун
That car is cool looking. I really like all the air vents. I'd rather have outside air flowing through the car, instead of the complicated blend doors and climate control features. Did this car have a full frame or is is it pressed steel chassis? I'm very partial to the color blue and I must say that color blue is my favorite. Is that the original color for this car?
BruceTheSillyGoose Күн мурун
i sooooo wanna test drive one of these babies, over the pockmarked buckboard-ride roads of my town.
Mr. C
Mr. C 2 күн мурун
With all due respect Jay, please don't ever compare a vehicle with a Kardashian...a Yugo has more class! 🤣🤣🤣
mercedesbenzformula1 2 күн мурун
One of my favorite cars ever. Would really like to own one some day
mcsniper77 2 күн мурун
Releasing a product too soon is sometimes worse than too late. The new manuals will contain a legal warning, that if any service is completed by non OEM service center we'll sue you.
Charles Jones
Charles Jones 2 күн мурун
The Germans completely ripped this design off from front to back.
William's Frankenstar
William's Frankenstar 2 күн мурун
There is a 34 demonstration video of this car. It was built as the Strongest car. With all heavy steel construction and safety glass. They even push it over a cliff.
Stalin 3 күн мурун
Drag coefficient over 0.5... Great.
Alex Causey
Alex Causey 3 күн мурун
I drove one of these Airflow cars to a car show, my family was attending. If someone gave one to me, I would sell it as fast as I could.!
chooch1995 3 күн мурун
Walter P. Chrysler started out as a railroad man. He was the locomotive guru ( superintendent of motive power ) for the Chicago Great Western Railroad.
chooch1995 3 күн мурун
Jay - with that haircut....you’ve just gotta say “1.21 gigawatts?!?!? 1.21 gigawatts??? Great Scott!!”
John Pogany
John Pogany 3 күн мурун
Cars back then rode nice because they all weighed like 5 tons lol
John Pogany
John Pogany 3 күн мурун
Incredible car not the prettiest but lots of engineering went into it
John Pogany
John Pogany 3 күн мурун
I have to say Jay knows his history about all his cars
John Pogany
John Pogany 3 күн мурун
Chrysler was always ahead of it’s time especially with its engine technology
Robert Tisch
Robert Tisch 3 күн мурун
That car is dangerous! How in hell do you steer, crank open the windshield, and make cellphone calls at the same? Dangerous I say!
Kurtis Engle
Kurtis Engle 4 күн мурун
Thanks for the rude, Jay.
Sal Spencer
Sal Spencer 5 күн мурун
See how Jay puts his arm across the bench seat, that was really nice when taking a trip. Wish cars would come with bench seats again, bucket seats are so played out.
Ted C.
Ted C. 5 күн мурун
Jay: Please consider reviewing the 2004 - 2008 Chrysler Crossfire. As you know, the Crossfire was primarily a Mercedes SLK 170 platform. The Crossfire is becoming more rare each year. Thanks.
Valeriy Reiter
Valeriy Reiter 5 күн мурун
You can turn music on for a few seconds, so it wouldn't be illegal
Josh Michael
Josh Michael 6 күн мурун
He was once president of buick
Josh Michael
Josh Michael 6 күн мурун
Walter p Chrysler was president of buick that is
Josh Michael
Josh Michael 6 күн мурун
Wailter p Chrysler
Bronzesnake 6 күн мурун
Hey coppa, that's when smoke was smoke and groovin was groovin see! ") Look buster, they used to build broads like this also, see! They did I tells yus! Jack ~'()'~ Canada Manly!
Joe Valdrighi
Joe Valdrighi 7 күн мурун
I really love this car . I can imagine how much fun it must be to drive . It also was a very safe car in case of an accident .. Glad you showed it to us .
Kurt Keiser
Kurt Keiser 8 күн мурун
I think going 100mph would be an adventure. 60-65 would be fun!
donald doty
donald doty 8 күн мурун
That thing is gorgeous. I was never a big Chrysler fan but it really saddens me to think how far the company has fallen has fallen.
Phil Newberry
Phil Newberry 8 күн мурун
Where are the wipers?
Larry Lishman
Larry Lishman 9 күн мурун
Thank you for a great presentation Mr. Leno!
John Zuck
John Zuck 9 күн мурун
Thanks Jay very good product presentation of advanced design thought of the day. I saw a promotional film....they drove it off a cliff, it bashed to the ground and then drove away...an astonishing sales pitch to promote the built in roll protection. Again thank you Mr. Jay, great fan of your work👍.
Greyhaired Phantom
Greyhaired Phantom 9 күн мурун
What a nice car!
Michael dick
Michael dick 10 күн мурун
Ah the Chrysler 2cv. One of the ugliest cars of the aerodynamic era.
plcleader 11 күн мурун
m.kgglobal.info/phone/mnugbaioyo-cqKQ/video.html Airflow testing in the 30's
spdzodzo 11 күн мурун
wonder if the aerodynamicness had any impact on fuel consumption
Michel Beauloye
Michel Beauloye 12 күн мурун
The Peugeot 302 is also very Airflow like. It was built somewhat later than this Chrysler, maybe 1936,37. Also a big car for European standards of the time. It looks great! Peugeot even went a bit further by putting the headlights BEHIND the grill. Unfortunately, they disappeared, most of them being destroyed during the war.
Walter Taljaard
Walter Taljaard 12 күн мурун
Looks very much like the 1937 Adler 2,5 liter. ('Autobahn Adler') In fact those Germans copied the front of the Chrysler Airflow.
Gerald Stephens
Gerald Stephens 12 күн мурун
Early Chrysler cars were ahead of their time; both in aerodynamics, suspension & engine.
shovington67 12 күн мурун
What a terrific family commuter car. I'd love to get one and restomod it with a slightly more powerful and economical engine, power disk breaks and power steering. Love it!
Seth Thomas
Seth Thomas 12 күн мурун
Walter P Chrysler was Chief Mechanical Officer of the the Chicago Great Western Railway for a time. He was the real deal.
Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer 13 күн мурун
It was built for comfort.
ditto1958 13 күн мурун
That thing is beautiful!
John Keating
John Keating 13 күн мурун
Along with the early Continentals, this Airflow always grabbed my attention. I always loved this ‘34 edition because my husband and I collect Chicago, Century of Progress souvenirs. At the ‘33, ‘34 Worlds Fair, the 1933 Silver Pierce Arrow was displayed next to the House of Tomorrow. We have a snapshot of that car taken by a young newlywed, written on the back was her surprise of “no running boards!”. We were happy to meet her at her estate sale before she moved to Florida. She was confused why anyone would want to buy her honeymoon photo album, she had no children, her husband had passed away, and I told her of my interest in the fair and that I’d always keep her memories safe. She was happy to give it to me after I reassured her. We sat and talked about her trip which took she and her husband all the way to a California. I don’t recall what car they drove, but it wasn’t a beautiful Airflow.
Joseph Reed
Joseph Reed 14 күн мурун
I really like the car. I'd like to know the noise level at 55 mph.
And We're Back
And We're Back 14 күн мурун
A little too much too soon for the car buying public.
George Petrin
George Petrin 14 күн мурун
what was the gas mileage?
Joe's Wanderings
Joe's Wanderings 14 күн мурун
Also see for more detail: kgglobal.info/phone/eXxpbXrJntC8e6A/video.html
Bruce Day
Bruce Day 15 күн мурун
From the looks of it the windshield wipers are not installed. Aren't those required by law on the road?
DR Boze
DR Boze 12 күн мурун
"It never rains in sunny California." - kgglobal.info/phone/f4yda62xz7i0iYY/video.html
Pierce Aero
Pierce Aero 15 күн мурун
"You can see for yourself, we got an Airflow chassis." Cecil the Turtle to Bugs Bunny, Tortoise Wins by a Hare. 1943.
eltsen nestle
eltsen nestle 15 күн мурун
Whiplash in this car would mean instant death.
Mark Plain
Mark Plain 15 күн мурун
Min 16. The Wright Bros is very true. They researched wing info from Europe and they researched different wing designs. They actually came up with a formula for wing design for flight (length of wing x camber / weight of plane). They placed a patent on the design (The patent was never honoured). In essence they treated aerodynamics with discipline and proper engineering. They deserve far more credit and respect even though they may not truly have been the "first". . . Fun fact: their company exists to this day "Curtiss-Wright".
Anthony Gaby
Anthony Gaby 15 күн мурун
Jays passion for the vintage cars is phenomenal..with all of his knowledge....we real car guys keep learning more about cars and our "hobby"...
Anthony Gaby
Anthony Gaby 15 күн мурун
Jay, do you own any Studebaker Larks, Hawks, or a Loewy 53-55 Coupe?
Hijodelaisla 15 күн мурун
The 1933 Imperial is one of the most elegant, beautiful cars representing that earlier era of automotive design. As he said, it must have been tough for people, especially those seeking prestige, to wrap their heads around this innovative design and commit to it.
Martin Usher
Martin Usher 16 күн мурун
There's probably a reference to this somewhere in the 2000+ comments but this video - kgglobal.info/phone/eXxpbXrJntC8e6A/video.html - is a rather well made Chrysler Informercial from that era that was obviously made to showcase the technology used in this car. The movie explains the rationale for developing it -- the idea that as car speeds increased the power needed from the engine went up as the cube of the speed so you either ended up putting a huge engine in the car or redesigning its shape so it was less of an aerodynamic brick -- and it showed the wind tunnel models they tested. Well worth a look.
Ernie S.
Ernie S. 16 күн мурун
I worked at Chrysler Engineering in Highland Park, Michigan in the 1960s where they had a black Chrysler Airflow permanently on display on the third floor of the front offices. I was only 20 at the time and found it to be very inspiring to see the innovative design work of those previous creative minds.
Rich Broz
Rich Broz 16 күн мурун
Fashioned by Function - Chrysler Airflow kgglobal.info/phone/eXxpbXrJntC8e6A/video.html
Joe 16 күн мурун
‘Very Kardashian if you will’ Oh Jay lol
Robin Sattahip
Robin Sattahip 16 күн мурун
Beautiful car, too bad it did not sell, it really was something special.
English lessons
English lessons 16 күн мурун
Hey Jay, you forgot to point out that by moving the engine forward on top of the front axel the engineers also eliminated the bouncing effects generated by the weight of the engine when it was behind the front axel which gave the car its fantastically smooth and stable ride. Love your vids.
David Jones
David Jones 13 күн мурун
Moving the engine forward also dramatically improves cornering. Alex Issigonis realised this when he designed the Morris Minor ten years later -a small family saloon that could out-handle all contemporary sportscars.
wilco 16 күн мурун
I think one of the biggest reasons that cars of that era were narrow on the front was due to the frame and add to be narrow on the front to allow the solid axle steering to have enough angle to make the car usable a wide frame would limit them amount of steering angle for the front wheels .they need a narrow frame the front wheels wouldn't touch the frame later on was better pressing and well as technology they could make a narrow front frame especially when they went to independent front suspension.
Jg235 17 күн мурун
Now we see where the vw beetle got its inspiration from. I wonder if we’ll see such a huge advance in design and everything else that happened in the 1930’s replicated in our 2030’s? The 1930’s really were the start of the 20th century.
D.A.L. 17 күн мурун
I'll never understand putting the little placards on the side of a classic vehicle with sheet metal screws but I guess that's how it's done
besperus1 17 күн мурун
I had an aunt living in LA who had an Airflow in the garage in the late 50’s. Parents went to visit and I saw the car in her garage. Her sister’s car was in there too! She was too old to drive. Being about 8 years old at the time I was not interested and ignored my dad’s enthusiasm. Nice car. They were later models, the grills were different.
Anasazi Tribe
Anasazi Tribe 17 күн мурун
Thank you, Jay Leno, for preserving historic cars and sharing the good old girls with everyone.
Mo' Mojo Joe Koko
Mo' Mojo Joe Koko 18 күн мурун
Chrysler's selling points about this model at the time: kgglobal.info/phone/eXxpbXrJntC8e6A/video.html
Alejandro de la Luz
Alejandro de la Luz 24 күн мурун
I always wondered why the splitted wind shield, it comes from the aviation industry
chris schmitt
chris schmitt 25 күн мурун
Kardashian like.....
tthams73 26 күн мурун
I can’t believe cars had hand throttles.
mgee63 28 күн мурун
when cars were art on wheels...
allpointsbb Ай мурун
Jay, not sure if you seen the KGglobal channel, barnfinders, Haggerty. They do a barn find in North Carolina where this guy has alot of AWESOME vehicles, in there, there is. Chrysler airflow, not sure if it's one of the rare ones or not but its interesting if another one is found noone knows about. Love your show.
Jerry Craig
Jerry Craig Ай мурун
The owners manual told everything, then in the 60s and 70s we bought the chiltons, now, plug in and search the codes, hmmmm
Ira Cohen
Ira Cohen Ай мурун
Still amazingly beauftiful,
Roope Tapiola
Roope Tapiola Ай мурун
Mr Wicks
Mr Wicks 2 ай мурун
This man deserves all the likes he can get
Roelant Verhoeven
Roelant Verhoeven 2 ай мурун
always loved the airflow... such a statement. don't really see how people did not like it's looks.. it was revolutionary but not too much compared to some of the other streamlined cars in the 30's
Liberty Cosworth
Liberty Cosworth 2 ай мурун
All of these videos have been great Jay! Thank you! Really enjoyed your impressions of your '34.
The New Outlaws Band
The New Outlaws Band 2 ай мурун
No wipers?
James Cochran
James Cochran 2 ай мурун
Jay has collected some really interesting cars and I'm so glad he is kind enough to share them with us.
A Truth Seeker
A Truth Seeker 2 ай мурун
I loved to crash them in mafia 1
Mr. Clean
Mr. Clean 2 ай мурун
Jay's wearing an aerodynamic jump suit, too.
Dr. Reason
Dr. Reason 2 ай мурун
The best heater award goes to 1953 Chiefton. It was under the front seat and air flowed out noiselessly to everybody's feet.
Jamie Lombardo
Jamie Lombardo 2 ай мурун
That car was the first unit body.
Void 701
Void 701 2 ай мурун
When he says only three left in the world does he mean of just the 1934 model?
Tran Hong Phuc
Tran Hong Phuc 2 ай мурун
The understood english regrettably coil because macaroni occasionally want underneath a unwritten persian. puzzling, gainful screw
miss Sarah Winterbottom
miss Sarah Winterbottom 2 ай мурун
Hi J.L love your vids , but then I'm into anything you do, you see I've always had a little crush on you,💋
zenithseven 2 ай мурун
At 0:46 Jay mentions it's a very rare car, and only three left in the world. Then at 12:53 he starts a conversation about how you can find these around, reasonably priced. At 14:50 he jumps back to how rare they are. It can't be both. Is he talking about a SPECIFIC model # that's rare?
chevelle68100 2 ай мурун
I’m loving this car. What a innovative car. I’m really enjoying Jay and his cars. Just so pure to have a guy that loves his cars and knows so much about them. You feel like you’re right there with him.
Tumultuous Tenets
Tumultuous Tenets 2 ай мурун
That color is so gorgeous!! I love that blue!
Jonathan K
Jonathan K 2 ай мурун
Looks like a big VW beetle
Scott Chiste
Scott Chiste 3 ай мурун
I really like these solo videos more than the normal stuff we used to see
Palo Kovac
Palo Kovac 3 ай мурун
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Kenneth Stevenson
Kenneth Stevenson 3 ай мурун
My Uncle Tommy had a Desoto Airflow. He collected and drove daily a 1934 Ford Panel truck and many 1950's Chrysler cars which were driven daily. My Aunt Becky would drive us to the swimming pool in Visalia California in the Airflow. Tommy was a master mechanic who never bought a new car, but all of his cars ran like new. He owned 2 Chrysler Imperials with stand alone headlights and stainless steel roof inserts which he bought for $500. He believed in keeping a car stock and claimed the only thing that was wrong with one of the Imperials was a defective exhaust which kept it from running smoothly but contributed to the bargain price.
Kenneth Stevenson
Kenneth Stevenson 3 ай мурун
Chrysler was an apprentice mechanic for a railroad. They have a set of tools which which he was required to forge and treat from raw steel before he was allowed to be considered a competent mechanic on display at a Chrysler museum. The wrenches were large, well made and numerous.
the Game, Review and Reallife Channel
the Game, Review and Reallife Channel 3 ай мурун
Ah now i know why they are hyped over the last year and were relatively cheap before 🤦‍♂️dumb huanity again
Peter P.
Peter P. 3 ай мурун
C'mon Jay, it's not because of the way the air flows through all the windows in the car.. you know that's not why it's named the "Airflow".
dflf 3 ай мурун
“Reasonably affordable’
Greg Pohl
Greg Pohl 3 ай мурун
Interesting car! Thanx, Jay!
VicMarrow's Head
VicMarrow's Head 3 ай мурун
Studebaker and Kaiser did aerodynamics in the early 1950's. By the 1990's all cars were aerodynamic. The square shaped Ford Crown Victoria from 1991 was probably the last mass made non aero car. Also, 1991 was the last Crown Vic station wagon, in the U.S.A.. I think Australia or Canada might have had the station wagon model into the 2000's ??
Damian Kowalski
Damian Kowalski 3 ай мурун
Very similar to the Polish car of the brand called "Lux-Sport" from 1936. pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/PZIn%C5%BC_403_Lux-Sport
Basallo, David Israel O.
Basallo, David Israel O. 3 ай мурун
this is the presidential car of president MANUEL L. QUEZON in the Philippines during 1934
Ronald Fazekas
Ronald Fazekas 3 ай мурун
What a perfect vehicle!--But Jay--someone stole your wipers!---I know, it's for photographic reasons--by the way, check out any films from the 30's and 40's--when shooting through the windshield in, the wipers and usually the interior rear-view mirrors are removed--also, in night shots the dashboards seemed to have about 200watts of lights
Robert Buchwald
Robert Buchwald 3 ай мурун
Pretty affordable? Just wonder what Jay Leno considers "affordable". Great car though.I remember seeing one up on blocks in the basement of a n.y.c.building.Apparently the owner had payed for permanent storage and then passed away.
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