The Turner Foundation’s 1936 DeSoto SG Airflow sedan won the Australian International Concours d’Elegance Vintage & Pre War trophy at Motorclassica in 2014.
Motorclassica is one of the most successful classic motor shows in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts more than 20,000 people to the historic Royal Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne, Australia.
On display inside the National Trust classified building stands around 500 of Australia’s finest vintage, veteran, classic and historic motor vehicles.
The win at the 2014 event was testament to the extremely high level of workmanship involved in the restoration of the SG DeSoto which was in a sad state when it first arrived at Charles Restorations.
Mr David Turner, after whom The Turner Foundation is named, owned the vehicle and had planned to restore it having taken on training courses to learn metal work and automotive engineering.
He stored Airflow serial number 5086508 for some 15 years at a remote property in the mountains near Melbourne while he performed a limited amount of work on the vehicle.
Body panels and the engine were dismantled and used as training modules at the Melbourne Technical College.
In 2009 the car was taken to Charles Restorations in Williamstown, Melbourne for its ground-up restoration where it was transformed from a shell with a collection of parts to the award winning vehicle that was shown at Motorclassica in 2014.
Please see the Gallery page on this website for more photos, history and the specifications of this vehicle.