In the early 1930s, American engineers finally had access to wind tunnels and it was discovered that most of the cars in that period were more aerodynamic driving backwards. So in 1934, Walter Chrysler, who was previously a mechanic for the Union Pacific Railroad, set out to make an aerodynamic car.
The first car to be streamlined was rightfully named the Chrysler Airflow as seen above. It’s not hard to see the car’s relation to Locomotives (there’s a train behind the car in the photo). It is disputed that Ferdinand Porsche borrowed the idea for the Volkswagen Beetle.
Indisputably, the first Toyota was virtually a copy.
In 1934, Chrysler placed an advertisement in Fortune which said "By scientific experiment, Chrysler engineers have simply verified and adapted a natural fundamental law." But when Orville Wright actually tested the Airflow in a wind tunnel, its aerodynamics were no better than average.
In 1936, all Airflows got new die cast grilles, redesigned rear tail lamps, and a steel roof insert. Despite the celebrity and politician interest in the car, the Airflow was abandoned in 1937.
Motoriginal is dedicated to keeping all great cars on the road, looking and running tip top.
The mission is to restore a potentially great car to what it originally looked like and ran like rolling off the assembly line when the car was first released, hence the name "Motoriginal," a merging of the words "motor" and "original." When the car is finished and ready for the open road, it will be given a second chance being sold on to a new, proud owner and hopefully, in the near future, will be a highly valued classic car.