Desoto

1 of 12 Left? 1958 DeSoto Firesweep Convertible

The Firesweep was DeSoto’s entry level model from 1957-59 during Chrysler’s “Forward Look” years. What a bodacious era the late 1950s were for automotive design as almost every car maker went to one styling extreme or another. This ’58… more»

Fast Finds

Early Aerodynamics: 1934 DeSoto Airflow

The Airflow was built by Chrysler Corp. between 1934-37. It was the first full-size American production car to use streamlining as a basis for production. Chrysler, DeSoto and Imperial all had their versions of the Airflow whose aerodynamic shape… more»

Magnificent 1949 DeSoto Deluxe Woodie!

Woodies turn up here on Barn Finds with some amount of regularity, in particular Fords and Chrysler Town and Country models. We have even uncovered rarer models such as a ’47 Pontiac and a ‘50 Plymouth. Located in Quincy,… more»

Rare Woodie: 1949 DeSoto Deluxe Station Wagon

Wood-bodied station wagons were on their way out by the end of the 1940s. They were expensive to build relative to the number that were sold. Steel-bodied wagons were starting to materialize and would be the way to go… more»

BF Classifieds: 1918 Oldsmobile Model 45 And More

This 1918 Oldsmobile Model 45 7-passenger Touring Car is one of approximately 8,100 produced. It appears to be in really nice shape but that’s about all we know. However, the seller has listed not just the Oldsmobile but 26… more»

1959 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman Barn Find!

  In the late 1950s, the auto industry was witnessing the collapse of the Edsel, Ford’s ambitious effort that flamed out after little more than two years on the market. Fewer noticed the decline that DeSoto was experiencing over… more»

Aerodynamic Re-Do: 1934 DeSoto Airflow

Chrysler Corp.’s Airflow was an effort in aerodynamics that didn’t quite impress the buying public. Chrysler, DeSoto and Imperial all had their versions of the Airflow during the mid-1930s and pop culture ranks it just behind the Edsel as… more»

No Reserve: Rare 1957 DeSoto Explorer Wagon

Desoto, what an unusual name for a car. Usually cars are named for their founders like Ford, Olds(mobile), Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, etc. But picking a somewhat random Spanish explorer is a bit different. Why not a Magellan, Columbus, Balboa,… more»

BF Classified: Magnificent 1948 DeSoto Club Coupe

While brands like Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge are stock in trade, defunct marques like Plymouth, Mercury, Pontiac and Oldsmobile still get their share of press here at Barn Finds. But things get even more interesting when we reach further… more»

Hidden Surprise: 1950 DeSoto Deluxe Carry-All

For such a seemingly unassuming sedan, this 1950 DeSoto Deluxe Carry-All has a sweet surprise hiding within its restored Andante Green candy shell. Yes, this car has been restored, it’s not a dusty barn find. My apologies for that… more»

Fintastic Driver! 1957 DeSoto Adventurer

After some dabbling with fins in 1956, Chrysler went “all in” with fins across its brands for the all-new Virgl Exner-penned 1957 redesigns. This flashy 1957 DeSoto Adventurer in Hardy, Virginia flicks its tail fins at the world, punctuated… more»

Hemi-Powered Project: 1955 DeSoto Firedome

If there was ever a car that sounded like it belongs in a James Bond movie it’s this 1955 DeSoto Firedome. What a great name and a great line of cars with an interesting history of moving up and… more»

Hemi-Equipped: 1956 DeSoto Firedome

This 1956 DeSoto Firedome Sedan has been languishing in this barn since the 1980s. When it was recently dragged out of hiding, it packed a bit of a surprise. Classics from this era were renowned for developing some pretty… more»

Hemi Powered: 1957 DeSoto Firesweep Sportsman

Since the dawn of the automotive era, many manufacturers have come and gone. For me, DeSoto is one of the more interesting, because while many of its problems were self-inflicted in the style of the infamous Edsel, it is… more»

Stored Since ’70: 1950 DeSoto Custom Suburban

A car “built for owner satisfaction”, the 1950 DeSotos were slightly restyled but it was more of a refresh than a major change. Those of us who were fans of the tv show, Happy Days, will have memories of… more»

From Storage To Street: 1941 DeSoto Custom Coupe

We all dream of finding some dusty but solid barn find car in the corner of a building that is just waiting to be put back on the road. A little cleaning, a little fixing, a little tinkering, and… more»