Desoto

Elegant Hemi: 1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible

One of the Chrysler makes that doesn’t seem to get quite as much attention as some of the others is their DeSoto division, which began producing vehicles all the way back in 1929.  Many of these offerings were mid-priced… more»

330 Hemi Powered! 1928 Ford Model A Rod

Owning a vehicle you care for enough to give it a personalized proper name doesn’t seem to be anything new, nor does somebody referring to their car by “she”, “her”, or any number of other loving titles.  I can… more»

Barn Find: 1949 DeSoto Custom Club Coupe

And you thought that huge bumpers were a 1970s thing. This 1949 DeSoto Custom Club Coupe has a pair of huge bumpers, but that just protects this beautiful design, so there’s nothing wrong with that. This Colorado barn find… more»

Barn Find Project: 1929 DeSoto Six

Chrysler was in a big growth mode in the 1920s, adding Plymouth and Dodge to the fold, with DeSoto’s incorporation in 1928. They chose to honor Hernando DeSoto, the 16th Century explorer who was credited with discovering the Mississippi… more»

It’s A Hemi! 1953 DeSoto Firedome

The 1953 model year was a good one for DeSoto, which outsold its prior outing by nearly 35%. Much of that was finishing out pent-up demand after World War II and concerns that the Korean War might also limit… more»

Dusty Survivor: 1947 DeSoto Coupe

Looking at the number of comments that each type of car gets here on Barn Finds yields some surprising results.  Some of our most commented on finds are cars with low financial entry points that are what could be… more»

Golden Opportunity? Rare 1956 DeSoto Adventurer

In 1955, Chrysler launched the first luxury, high-performance muscle car salvo with the iconic C-300. Some called it the “Beautiful Brute” which is an accurate moniker. The totally redesigned ’55 Chrysler coupe was an awesome package of 50’s high… more»

1955 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman Coupe

DeSoto is an orphan marque in my mind. While the model was produced under the Chrysler brand from 1929 through 1961, it’s rare to see a DeSoto at a car show these days. Perhaps that’s because Chrysler couldn’t make… more»

Well Documented: 1948 DeSoto DeLuxe

Barn finder T.J. is at it again, this time with the discovery of this 1948 DeSoto DeLuxe coupe. And this may be the first listing that I’ve encountered where there are more images of documentation than there are of… more»

Custom One-Off DeSoto Sport Custom

The dreams of a homebuilder have been realized in this combination of DeSoto parts and expertise! The car is listed for sale as a 1957 DeSoto custom here on craigslist. It’s currently located in La Puente, California and the… more»

8-Passenger Sedan: 1951 DeSoto Custom

In 1951, DeSoto offered two “stretch” versions of their sedans that added 14 inches of wheelbase to the middle. There was the 9-passenger Suburban with a third bench seat, plus the 8-passenger sedan with jump seats for two in… more»

Ahead Of Its Time: 1935 DeSoto Airflow

The Airflow was one of the first production automobiles where aerodynamics played a role in the design of the car. Both Chrysler and DeSoto sold badge-engineered versions of the same cars from 1934-to 36 (and Chrysler one more year… more»

No Reserve Classic! 1960 DeSoto Adventurer

The DeSoto was a companion brand at Chrysler Corporation from 1928 to 1961. During this time, more than two million DeSoto cars and trucks had been made. But sales declined in the late 1950s and it was becoming evident… more»

Ready To Drive: 1957 DeSoto Firesweep Sportsman

While I often talk about the joy of owning and driving smaller cars with fizzy little engines, I admit that I love big American cars from the 1950s. However, they can’t be any old car. I’m talking about vehicles… more»

Hemi-Powered 1956 DeSoto Adventurer

There can be many attributes that make a classic car attractive for potential buyers. Some of these features include relative rarity and long-term ownership history. This 1957 DeSoto Adventurer fulfills both criteria perfectly. Until recently, it had been in… more»

Final Year Example: 1959 DeSoto Firesweep Sportsman

You will often hear people lament about how “they don’t make them like they used to.” In the case of DeSoto, that means that they don’t make them at all. The company produced its final car in 1961, but… more»