1949 DeSoto Custom Series
|Model History||Auction sales research||Specifications||Body styles and Chassis Data|
Concealed under the bonnet was a six-cylinder L-head engine, same as found in the prior models engine bay, however the horsepower was given a boost thanks to a new cylinder head that raised compression to a 7:1 ratio.
Sales were strong for DeSoto in 1949 earning it a 13th place spot among American brands, surpassing Packard.
This Custom Convertible Coupe is one of 3,385 produced in 1949. It came from the factory fitted with ornamental chrome trim on the fender sections closest to the cabin, whitewall tires and dashboard amenities such as push-button radio and clock.
In 2005, the car was given a restoration and finished in lime green paint exterior and tanned hide interior in a two-tone scheme of walnut brown with panels finished in a matching shade of green.
The current owner acquired the car in 20007. Accompanying the car was the original jack and spare.
In 2010, this DeSoto Custom was offered for sale at Gooding & Company Auction held in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was estimated to sell for $50,000 - $75,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $27,500, inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010
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|Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction||1938-1949|