Rare 1935 Desoto Airflow SG Coupe - ultra rare icnic car in automotive history
- Location: San Fernando, California, United States
- Make: DeSoto
- Model: Airflow Coupe
- Type: 2 door coupe
- Year: 1935
- Mileage: 100,000
- Color: na
- Engine size: straight 6 w/ manual transmission with Over Drive!
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Transmission: manual 3 spd w/ OD
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: na
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1935 DeSoto Airflow Coupe overview
Up for auction is this ultra rare car, 1 of 307 produced in 1935! Our 1935 Desoto Airflow SG coupe is 95+% original and complete, and as such, an excellent restoration project.
If you've been looking for an Airflow coupe you know how rare these are. Nicely restored examples have recently been bringing very high five digits when they do come up for sale.
The Desoto (6 cyl) Airflow cars (1934-1936 only) were truly revolutionary groundbreaking cars. Credited with the introduction of many major technical advancements in automotive design, including; 1) the first car designed in a wind tunnel to improve drag and increase land speed without adding horsepower, 2) the fiorst car that moved the engine forward over the front axle so in turn moving passenger seats forward so riders would ride 'between the wheels' for a smoother ride without the 'buckboard' affect for the rear seat passengers, 3) the first car that incorporated the headlamps into the body of the car (instead of cans attached to the fenders), and perhaps the most significant, 4) this was the world's first 'uni-body' design car, the passengers rode 'inside the frame' which greatly improved survival in case of a crash. All these above features, common to automobiles ever since and all cars made today. were pioneered by the Desoto Airflow in 1934.
This Airflow 1935 SG Coupe has some minor rust in the usual places; rear truck area, edges of lower fenders, but overall it is a 95% complete and solid car with no structural rust issues and retains it's original drive train in tact (engine turns, but we never tried to start). Our seller told us it was driven on and off the trailer when he picked it up in Arizona many years ago. The seller was a well known Mopar collector and operated the largest Mopar salvage lot on the West Coast of America and was active in the Airflow Club of America. He had intended to restore this ultra rare coupe but Father Time caught up with him first. We had also to restore her but we have just too many projects already started and so we decided to let her go in order to help finish several other projects. Our loss can be you gain!
It is the way you like to see them, still in original condition...and most importantly, it has it's legendary waterfall original grill and mascot in tact with just minor pitting and no 'broken bones'....so we believe it will restore to show quality.
This airflow coupe has the rare optional window washing system and the original jar is in tact. Also has original under dash heater still intact as well. We may have additional parts stored separately that are not shown in pictures, please ask if you see something missing before bidding, otherwise what you see is what you get!
The Airflow Club of America is an excellent club for supporting your restoration and has re manufactured many of the rare items needed for restoration.
Free delivery within the SoCal area, or we can help to arrange transportation for you.
Note, we will also be listing a 1936 Desoto S2 sedan, in similar very restore-able condition in a separate auction.
Please see attached photos for details, and please ask us if you'd like to see more before placing your bid. This car is available for inspection at our Canoga Park (in San Fernando Valley, Southern California just 30 minutes from LAX airport) restoration shop during normal business hours, appointments on weekend possible. We can also offer full restoration services for this Airflow car in case you do not want to do this yourself. We have recently completed a frame off restoration of an award winning 1936 Desoto Airflow S2 sedan and can send you pictures in case you'd like to see the quality of our work.