The DeSoto Adventurer was a high-style, high-content American muscle car powered by the division's top 'Hemi' V-8 engine. The powerplant delivered one horsepower per cubic-inch, similar to its Chrysler 300 stable-mates.
This particular example is a replica that offered both the look and performance of an original. It has been given a nut-and-bolt restoration and modification process that began with an original Arizona car - an original Firedome chassis that has been expertly modified to replicate the Adventurer's design features. The interior features correct Adventurer-specification upholstery, added wood-grain dash, door-panel appliqués and air conditioning. Mechanical features include a conversion to a street rod-style front and rear air-suspension system. The original 345 cubic-inch 'Hemi' V-8 engine provides power with aftermarket dual-quad induction and modern 12-volt electrics, plus many painted and polished accessories. A GM 700R4 four-speed overdrive automatic transmission offers relaxed cruising, while a modern, dual-circuit master cylinder with vacuum-assist enhances braking.
Additionally with the car is a matching black and gold trailer that carries a restored fiberglass-hulled Duofoil Flying Fish boat from the late 1950s, mildly modified to match the DeSoto with a black and gold finish, tailfins and Adventurer upholstery.
In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Amelia Island auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $140,000. As bidding came to a close, the car and the boat had been sold for the sum of $110,000 including buyer's premium.