- FlatHead 6
- 3 Speed Synchromesh Transmission
- Great Condition
1936 DESOTO AIRSTREAM
The DeSoto Airstream was produced for the 1935 and 1936 model year and was sold along with the DeSoto Airflow, with the Airstream sedan priced approximately $220 less than its four-door Airflow sibling. The Airstream was powered by an L-head inline 6-cylinder engine with 241.5 cubic-inches, solid valve lifters, four main bearings, a Ball & Ball one-barrel carburetor, and delivered 93 horsepower at 3,400 RPM and 180 lb-ft of torque. The Airflow had a higher compression version of the engine (6.5:1 compression versus 6.0:1) and delivered 100 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Both engines were backed by a three-speed synchromesh transmission with floor-shift controls and a conventional clutch. Lockheed centrifuge hydraulic brakes were on all four corners, along with steel spoke wheels with Goodyear ‘Airwheel’ tires.
The Airstream had a 118-inch standard wheelbase and a longer 130-inch version, and the Airflow used a shorter 115.5-inch platform. The Airflow body style list was much shorter than the Airstream, with a coupe and sedan both priced at $1,100. A combined total of 5,000 examples of the Airflow was built in 1936.
The Deluxe Touring Sedan was the most popular body style with 13,093 examples built. 2,592 were Deluxe Business coupes and 2,207 were Touring Sedans. 13,801 were Custom touring sedans and 1,120 were Custom Touring Broughams. A mere 215 examples of the convertible sedan, priced at a range-topping $1,095, were built.
This 1936 Airstream Desoto is a rare find. It has received a high level restoration with only a couple aftermarket add ons such as a spare tire on finder and the continental kit on the back. This car has the correct flathead 6 engine with the 3 speed Synchromesh transmission. This beauty is ready for car show season.