Welcome to the Street Prophets Coffee Hour cleverly hidden at the intersection of religion and politics. This is an open thread where we can share our thoughts and comments about the day. Today we’re going to look at a classic American automobile which was displayed in the Portland Art Museum (PAM) as a part of a special exhibit, The Shape of Speed.
The development of the Chrysler Airflow line was led by chief engineer Carl Breer and the coachwork was designed by Fred Zeder. According to the display:
“Unlike the more flamboyant French and European expressions of Art Deco, these cars were more linear and streamlined. The Airflow was superior in safety and strength, but its unconventional looks met with disappointing sales.”
The museum display also notes:
“With its unit body and streamlined design, the Airflow was a brilliantly conceived and well-executed machine that was simply too modern for its time. It remains one of the best examples of the Art Deco style in the American idiom.”
Shown below is the 1934 Chrysler Imperial Series CV Airflow Coupe
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