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Jay Leno talks prewar aerodynamics and drives a Chrysler Airflow

The evolution of the automobile is nothing short of fascinating, and once you dive into its history, you’ll soon discover many cars that were tragically ahead of their time. Cars like the Nash-Healey or Tucker 48 may have been commercial failures, but decades later, they’re gold mines to enthusiasts (and, in some cases, to collectors). On this week’s episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno takes a look at one such vehicle—the 1934 Chrysler Airflow.


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All '34 and '35 DeSoto and Chrysler Airflows had trunks or boots. They were accessed interiorly behind the rear seat by the hinged rear seat back. 1936 DeSoto's and '36 & '37 Chryslers had trunks accessed externally by the bustle back lid. Most Chrysler Airflows had the 323 straight 8 rated @ 130HP.