To commemorate 90 years of Chrysler, we’re taking a tour through our automotive history with a nine-part video series highlighting some of our most iconic, groundbreaking vehicles. Starting with the founding of the brand in 1924, and through nearly a century of craftsmanship, we’re taking a closer look at the style and vision of Walter P. Chrysler and celebrating the vehicles and that have driven us through nine decades of innovation.
In this first installment, we’re taking off at the beginning — the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s — with a look at the Chrysler brand’s first vehicle, the 1924 Chrysler B70 Sedan, as well as the aerodynamic 1934 Chrysler Airflow and the distinctive 1948 Chrysler Town & Country “Woody.” Turn your attention to the rearview mirror and see Chrysler from its inception.
1924 Chrysler B70 Sedan
The 1924 Chrysler B70 Sedan was the first Chrysler vehicle. Designed by engineers Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer (the “Three Musketeers”), the Chrysler B70 Sedan — also known as the Chrysler Six — featured a high-compression six-cylinder engine and was noteworthy for its new, innovative features, including (four-wheel) hydraulic brakes, aluminum pistons, replaceable oil and air filters, full-pressure lubrication, tubular front axles, shock absorbers and indirect interior lighting.
1934 Chrysler Airflow
The 1934 Chrysler Airflow — spearheaded by Chrysler Research and Design Head Carl Breer — was one of the first automobiles to take aerodynamics into consideration for exterior design. In developing the vehicle, Chrysler employed engineering and design innovations such as wheels-to-the-corners design, a forward cab and unit-body construction. The 1934 Chrysler Airflow also featured longer front springs, giving it a more comfortable “floating ride.” For all of its groundbreaking innovations, the Airflow is considered by many to be the first truly “modern” automobile.
1948 Chrysler Town & Country
The 1948 Chrysler Town & Country “Woody” is famous for its distinctive Di-Noc mahogany side panels and structural ash framing. Popular with Hollywood stars of the time, the Woody epitomized “post-war elegance” and remains one of the most collectible Chrysler models today. The name Town & Country is derived from its steel front end (“town”) and wood rear (“country”).
Stay tuned for future video installments, and read more about our history as we continue Celebrating 90 Years of Chrysler Innovation and Luxury.