Auction Block: Steve McQueen & Carroll Shelby’s ’35 Chrysler Imperial Airflow C2

May 13, 2020

Category: Rides

Though their contributions to motorsports are vastly different, Carroll Shelby and Steve McQueen are undoubtedly two of the all-time most celebrated and influential figures in the automotive world. Both the actor and the car designer possessed massive and eclectic stables of elite vehicles over their illustrious lifetimes, though there’s only one specimen we know of that’s been under the tutelage of both motorsport legends — albeit at different times — and it’s now come up for sale.

One of 2,398 units from its year of production, this 1935 Chrysler Imperial Airflow C2 sedan was purchased by McQueen in the 1970s, though after his death it was acquired by a private party at McQueen’s 1984 estate sale, before later being bought by Carroll Shelby in 1998. Adorned in “Envoy Red” and sporting a tan mohair interior, the American sedan is powered by a 5.3L straight-eight engine married to a three-speed transmission. In addition to the vehicle itself, the sale also includes a catalog it was featured in from the ’84 McQueen estate sale, a Shelby Vehicle Authenticity Certificate, and California registration cards in the Shelby’s name. The car is currently being offered by a Missouri dealership via Bring-A-Trailer, where (as of the time of writing) bidding has reached $28,000.

Purchase: $28,000+

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