1930s Streamline Automobiles

In the 1930s the airplane symbolized all that was modern and up to date. Smooth, aircraft-inspired styling was applied to everything from refrigerators to pencil sharpeners. The 1939 Packard (top) incorporated flowing fenders, roofline, and headlights, but retained an upright grille. The 1934 Chrysler Airflow (below) was actually designed with the aid of a wind tunnel. However, its blunt, drooping nose did not fit the public’s image of what a streamlined vehicle should look like, and the car sold poorly.
Images from the Collections of The Henry Ford. 1) Automobile Product Literature. Packard 1939, 2) Automobile Product Literature. Chrysler 1934.

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