1 Of 6: Pre-Production 1928 DeSoto Six

1928 DeSoto

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The seller of this DeSoto Six claims that it is one of six pre-production models that were produced and titled in 1928. The story may just be true because Chrysler introduced the DeSoto brand in 1928, but started selling cars as 29s. They sold a ton of them that first year (over 80k) so a first year DeSoto isn’t really a rare thing. A pre-production model might be a different story though. The seller doesn’t give us much other information in their eBay listing here so the photos will have to do the talking. Do you think this classic DeSoto is worth chasing?

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  1. James HGF

    See no value in unsubstantiated 1 or 6 claim.

    It’s a runner and that’s good, however the interior is a disaster. Horrid shades from a local hardware or big box store are a bizarre touch.

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  2. grant

    Terrible ad, horrible pictures, intriguing car. What’s up with the upholstery? It looks like they’re plastic. Did he take a picture of a poorly done model car? Still, it’s interesting and if the story’s real and the price doesn’t go much above where it is ($7100) this might be fun for someone.

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  3. Ed P

    I have no problem with the pictures. At least the seller cleaned up the car for a photo session. I do not see any big glaring problem areas with this car. I think it is a good buy as long as the price does not get weird.

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  4. Jim

    If there’s a way to document that it’s a pre-production model, the right thing would be to restore it. I don’t say that often but this is one of those times. It needs lots, personally I’d do a proper restoration but the tan/brown does nothing for me, I’d find another color combo, it’s only paint, it’s not hacking up the car, it is cool.

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  5. Kevin

    I bought a supposed ’28 2 door sedan in 2013. Original survivor with 96,000 miles, perfect wood, no dents and one small rust spot. No door glass and a bullet hole in the lower windshield frame (directly in front of the driver, hmm) took out the windshield. Original interior including the rear window shade. Even the canvas top was in reasonably good condition. I found the tool kit and engine crank beneath the rear seat cushion, the engine turned. I looked everywhere and found no ID plate so no VIN. Certainly a ’29 and possibly one of the first built in ’28. It was in my opinion, far too good to rat rod. Put an ad on Craigslist and sold for very little profit to a local 70 year old farmer, believing he’d restore it. 2 months later it became a nice street rod! I was dumbfounded/unhappy. But, he can do whatever makes him happy. It amazed me his level of competency and workmanship. He showed me another of his street rods that began life a ’39 Willys 4 door but is now a flawless 2 door. Pic is as it was before I bought it. Bad pic.

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