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Old 12-23-2009, 07:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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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
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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!)
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"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.

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

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