Lot 436- 1955 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman


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DeSoto had a terrific year in 1956, with the new Adventurer two-door hardtop
challenging the Chrysler 300 and DeSotos pacing both the Indy 500 (at a
record speed for a pace car) and Pike’s Peak Hillclimb. The highly-regarded
Hemi V-8 could push the FireFlite from 0-60 mph in 10.9 seconds, on its way
to 110 mph, while the Adventurer topped out at a healthy 137 mph.
DeSoto had benefited enormously from Chrysler Corporation’s 1956 makeover.
Gone was the old frontal appearance, replaced by a mesh grille and a “V”
badge. Tailfins altered the appearance as well, and the rear taillights were
vertically stacked. Electrics were now 12 volts, with constant-speed
windshield wipers; power steering was standard, and automatic transmissions
had “typewriter key” push buttons on the dash. It has been the subject of a frame-off restoration. It is dazzling in its original. Blue and White with matching interior.