1956 DeSoto Firedome Seville 2-Door Hardtop
Mileage Shown 53941.8
Engine: 330 cu.in. 230HP Hemi Firedome V8
Transmission: 2 Speed Automatic “Powerflight” with Push Button Controls
1956 was a very good year for DeSoto with nearly 110,000 vehicles sold. 1956 Desoto’s exterior styling updates included replacing the toothed grille with wire mesh, adding tri-tower tail lights marketed as “the Control Tower”, as well as the addition of Virgil Exner’s tailfins.
This 1956 DeSoto is very solid car with lots of potential for someone seeking a great looking vintage ‘50s car that is a just little a different. With a few mechanical refreshments and new tires, the car would be an enjoyable vintage driver. The car has been repainted at some time in the past keeping its original two-tone black and white color scheme; the paint is showing age. The original style interior is intact and looks great but the- cloth portion of the front bench seat is worn to the point of needing to be replaced but the rear seat is in very good condition. All the original gauges are present and the dash is complete and looks classic! There is rust through found in the drivers-side toe board, but the rest of the floors seem solid. All the stainless is present but there are some dents in the moldings.
The 330 Hemi Firedome V8 engine runs good and sounds great! The right exhaust manifold has been recently replaced and so will need a new exhaust pipe and muffler. The 2-speed Powerflight automatic push button transmission works and shifts well. The brakes do work but the pedal is a little low- would recommend a full brake job before driving. The emergency brake does work. The tires look fine but are old, and would recommend replacing them before street driving. It comes with a new reconditioned battery just installed. This car has been displayed and cared for in a clean environment as part of a large collection for well over a decade.