1936 Desoto Airflow S2 Sedan - iconic design that changed automotive history!
- Location: San Fernando, California, United States
- Make: DeSoto
- Model: Airflow Sedan
- Type: 4 door sedan
- Year: 1936
- Mileage: 100,000
- Color: na
- Engine size: in line 6 cyl, 3 spd manual transwith Over Drive
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Transmission: manual 3 spd w/ OD
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: na
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1936 DeSoto Airflow Sedan overview
Up for auction is a very rare car; a 1936 Desoto Airflow S2 Sedan that is 95% complete, an excellent restoration project that ha already been started with many restored and some NOS parts included with the sale.
If you've been looking for an iconic Airflow you know how rare these are, and they do not come up very often.
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.
1936 was the final year for this amazing car and saw styling improvements including it's beautiful waterfall grill and flying lady mascot, so the 1936 Desoto is widely considered the most beautiful of the Airflow line.
This Airflow 1936 S2 Sedan 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 all of it's original drive train. The original engine and trans are currently out of the car, and this car comes with an extra block as well. Some parts are already restored, such as both the front and rear bumpers and bumper emblem parts which are already rechromed. There is also a brand new clutch, the radiator has been refurbished and all the window and door rubber parts have been purchased and are NOS sealed in their plasic bags...so the restoration is well on it's way. Now it's body, paint and 'some assembly required'!
This S2 Sedan also has the rare option of an electric clock built into the right glove box door (the S2 came with TWO glove boxes!), and also has both of it's fender skirt w/ unique emblems (one skirt emblem needs a minor repair, the other is perfect).
Most importantly, it has it's original iconic grill and flying lady mascot in tact with just minor pitting and no 'broken bones'....and easy resto so this car can be restored to show quality.
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.
We can arrange free delivery within the SoCal area, or we can help to arrange export transportation for you. Note, we will also be listing a 1935 Desoto SG coupe, 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 Woodland Hills restoration shop during normal business hours, appointments on weekend possible. We can also offer full restoration services for this S2 car in case you do not want to do this yourself. We have recently completed a frame off restoration of another award winning 1936 S2 sedan and can send you pictures in case you'd like to see the quality of our work.