QUESTION: In what year was the very first air conditioner installed into New York City-based limousines and luxury cars, the original automotive A/C?
As Summer comes to an end, we continue our celebration of the artificial cooling of the air around us begun yesterday. America's love affair with the automobile means that our population not only loves sitting behind the wheel of a car, but wants to do it in comfort. So it was only a matter of time until the technology was created to reduce the size of air coolers and place them in our four-wheeled favorites. Aside from the experimental air conditioner mentioned in the "Question" section that didn't quite work out, the first functional air conditioner was actually produced for the 1939 Packard. It made the car cold, but it had disadvantages. For one, the cooling device took up half the trunk. It also did not have intensity controls, so it was either cold or off, and that's when it worked. All that aside, it was prohibitively expensive - a whopping $274 during the Great Depression. And then World War II stalled everything.
The Nash Company installed the "All-Weather Eye" into their Ambassador in 1954, one year after Chrysler's Airtemp debuted in their Imperial. This would become the first air conditioner that resembles the A/C of today, with a fully-integrated heating, ventilating, and air cooling system with controls in the dashboard and that does not take up all the space in the trunk. The $345 from 1954 was MUCH more affordable than $274 had been fifteen years earlier, thanks to inflation, and similar machines were installed in many cars soon after. Between home air conditioning and car air conditioning, the American South became a far more appealing destination for people, and the housing industry began to boom around this time.
ANSWER: C) 1933