<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035

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Lot 149
From the Private Collection of Carroll Shelby
1955 DeSoto Firedome

Sold for US$ 24,640 inc. premium
1955 DeSoto Firedome
Chassis no. 55251035

330ci OHV Hemi V8 Engine
2 Carburetors
200bhp at 4,400rpm
3-Speed Powerflite Pushbutton Automatic Transmission
Independent Coil Spring Front and Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*From the personal collection of Carroll Shelby
*Stylish Two-tone Paint
*Forward thinking Virgil Exner design
*Performance modifications "Shelby style"


THE DESOTO FIREDOME

DeSoto, originally intended to be Walter Chrysler's mid-priced car, was re-positioned in the corporate lineup after Chrysler purchased Dodge. From 1933, DeSoto was an upscale "idea car," countering GM's Oldsmobile. Advanced features pioneered by DeSoto included an attractive, Miller-inspired grille in 1932-33, hidden headlights in 1942 and a long-wheelbase, highly-trimmed Suburban prestige utility sedan built from 1946 to 1952.
Of relatively modest mechanical specification for most of its life, DeSoto became the second Chrysler Corporation marque to get V8 power, with a smaller version of Chrysler's new hemi-head V8 in 1952. Named "Firedome," the new model developed 160 horsepower from 276 cubic inches, only ten percent less power than Chrysler from 55 fewer cubic inches.
A stellar example of Virgil Exner's forward look design, two tone paint with chrome accented trim, elegant fins topping fang-shaped panels, and a long, low look made the car a favorite with consumers. Inside, the aeronautic inspired cockpit featured a gull theme creating a driver and passenger dashboard that was beautiful in its simplicity, and plenty of power features controlled by chromed switchgear. A pushbutton Powerflite transmission, optional in '55 and standard in '56, controlled the Hemi V8 under the hood. Debuting with 200bhp, another 55 ponies were summoned in 1956—enough to propel the car from zero to 60mph in just eleven seconds.
The radical shape would eat away at Chevrolet and Ford market share and propel the DeSoto brand to the number 11 spot among car makers in the US.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The vehicle on offer is a sleek 2-door Firedome model owned by the late Carroll Shelby. The coupe is adorned by a lovely light and dark blue two-tone paint scheme. Inside, the interior matches with a light blue treatment. Under the hood, as with most of Shelby's vehicles, the engine has been worked over to extract all of the Hemi engines potential. The powerful DeSoto is offered with a Shelby vehicle authenticity certificate certifying that it was owned by Carroll Shelby, in addition to a trunk full of spare parts. A standout in 1950s automotive design, this DeSoto will surely make a fine addition to any collection.

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<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
<b>1955 DeSoto Firedome</b><br />Chassis no. 55251035
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