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MetroMPG 12-23-2009 06:44 PM

Video: Chrysler Airflow cross-USA "economy run"
 
How times have changed...

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L.A. to N.Y.

Speed? Around the 50 mph mark, "even as you and I would drive on a leisurely tour."

3072 miles
18 mpg
$35 (incl. 2 quarts oil).

"Not only champion of all fine cars in performance, but the champion in economy as well!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZC5lQwq5g4

elhigh 12-23-2009 07:03 PM

I seem to recall reading somewhere that the drag coefficient of that body is better in reverse than forward. Pick the body up, spin it 'round on the chassis, do the trip again.

Frank Lee 12-23-2009 07:19 PM

Well you aren't recalling correctly.

MetroMPG 12-23-2009 08:28 PM

Where's Mythbusters when you really need 'em?

Frank Lee 12-23-2009 09:07 PM

Where is Google when you need it? Sometimes I think I'm the only one that knows how to use it.

NeilBlanchard 12-23-2009 09:51 PM

Hi,

According to this Popular Mechanics article, the Chrysler Airflow Cd was never measured:

Popular Science - Google Books

But, another Google-scanned book has the Cd at 0.50!

http://books.google.com/books?id=bn6...20drag&f=false

pstrbrc 12-25-2009 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by elhigh (Post 149702)
I seem to recall reading somewhere that the drag coefficient of that body is better in reverse than forward. Pick the body up, spin it 'round on the chassis, do the trip again.

That was the Pinto - ask Bob Glidden! (edit: or was that Jack Roush? Gawd, the '70's were a long time ago!)

Frank Lee 12-25-2009 10:08 PM

Will the third time be the charm? :p

wdb 12-26-2009 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 149699)
"Not only champion of all fine cars in performance, but the champion in economy as well!"

Heh. The only thing it wasn't champion of is sales. The cars were a major sales failure for Chrysler. People thought they were ugly.

References for the finicky :)

1934 Chrysler Airflow Series CU Images, Information and History | Conceptcarz.com

Great Cars | THE FUTURE THAT FLOPPED: 1934 - 1937 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW | Chrysler, Airflow, Had, Body, Design

Rokeby 12-26-2009 08:16 PM

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Sales, schmales; the rear wheel skirts are winners in my book:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/attachmen...1&d=1261876499


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