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1934 Chrysler Airflow - Chicago Century of Progress Exposition REV
The Chrysler Airflow was an attraction at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition in it's second year in 1934. It was put through various controlled tests and stunts promoting safety features and design before crowds in the stands at an oval track. There were cast model souvenir miniature "Airflows" with decals that indicate they came from the World's Fair.

The Airflow is a full-size car produced by Chrysler from 1934 to 1937. The Airflow was the first full-size American production car to use streamlining as a basis for building a sleeker automobile, one less susceptible to air resistance. Chrysler made a significant effort at a fundamental change in automotive design with the Chrysler Airflow, but it was ultimately a commercial failure.
Within six months of the Airflow's introduction, the vehicle was a sales disaster. Adding insult to injury, General Motors mounted an advertising campaign aimed at further discrediting the Airflows. Most automotive historians, though, agree that the Airflow was shunned in large part because buyers did not like its looks. The hood, waterfall grille, headlamps, and fenders were all merged into one continuous form that was interpreted as an "anonymous lump". While thoroughly modern, the public was slow to embrace the Airflow.
Rumors also persisted that the "new-fangled" body was unsafe, which was mostly untrue. In one widely distributed advertising film shown in movie theatres, an empty Airflow was pushed off a Pennsylvania cliff, falling over 110 ft once righted, the car was driven off, battered, but recognizable.

This Airflow is feeling comfortable alongside my 1939 Chrylser New York Worlds Fair and my 1935 Ford San Diego Exposition medals.

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