Skip to main content

1955 DeSoto Firedome news, pictures, specifications, and information
Sportsman Hardtop
Chassis Num: 64026633
Sold for $36,300 at 2013 Auctions America by RM Auctions.
Sold for $42,900 at 2014 Barrett-Jackson.
1955 was the first year for the new DeSoto Forward Look that was complimented by the classic 7-tooth grille. This particular example is a restored Sportsman 2-Door hardtop that is finished in Coral and White. It has a 291 CID HEMI V8 mated to an automatic transmission. Options include power steering, windshield washers, factory radio and new chrome wire wheels.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2015
In 1952, the FireDome became DeSoto's answer to the demise of the large family cars powered by inline six cylinder engines. Under the hood of the six-passenger, four-door sedan was a powerful Hemi-Head V-eight engine producing 160 horsepower capable of propelling the FireDome to a top speed of around 100 mph. The 3700 pound vehicle could race from zero-to-sixty in 15.5 seconds, about five seconds faster than its nearest competitor.

In 1953 the entire DeSoto model lineup was restyled, adorned in chrome and given luxurious amenities and a cozy interior, all for a base price of $2740. During the 1953 model year, around 64,211 examples were produced.

The FireDome was large and luxurious. The ride was smooth and the list of available options appeared to be endless. By 1958 the horsepower had increased to over 300 with the optional of the 361 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine. Zero-to-sixty now took just under eight seconds with a top speed of 115 mph.

By the close of the 1960's, DeSoto was struggling to find buyers for its automobiles. In an attempt to retain and acquire buyers, DeSoto offered the FireDome in twenty-six solid colors or 190 two-tone combinations.

The FireDome stayed in production until 1960. Production of all DeSoto's came to an end on November 30th, 1960 after 32 years in production.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2014
For more information and related vehicles, click here

Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's : Class Previews
Here is a little preview of two of our special classes for St. John's upcoming show. Featured Designer: Virgil Exner The 2014 Concours d'Elegance of America will honor the work of famed chief designer Virgil Exner with an unprecedented display of Chrysler Corporation's 1955-1961 'Forward Look,' a daring two-pronged styling revolution that changed the look of the American car. First up were the 'jet-age'1955 Plymouths, Dodges, DeSotos, Chryslers and Imperials. Then came the 1957 m...[Read more...]
Nine rare and important Chrysler Concept Cars from the forties, fifties and sixties will be presented together for the first time at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 9, 2014. From the two-seat Chrysler Thunderbolt roadster and the dual-cowl Chrysler Newport of 1941 through the radical 1963 Chrysler Turbine car, Amelia's Chrysler Concept Car Class shows the genesis of the styling and engineering philosophy that summoned Chrysler's industry-changing 'Forward Look...[Read more...]
After decades in obscurity Chrysler's La Comtesse Concept Car will re-debut at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 9, 2014. The Fifties introduced new automotive chemical and paint technologies that helped summon a sea change in the way cars were purchased. It was a subtle component of Detroit's marketing equation, but color had risen near the top of the car buyer's priority list. The important fact was that women invariably chose the color of the new family car....[Read more...]
 August 13, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC will bring more than 70 vehicles to this year's Woodward Dream Cruise where each brand—Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, FIAT, SRT and Mopar—will wheel in some of their latest production and buzz models, along with a collection of iconic, classic cars from America's past. In addition to vehicles on display, each of the Chrysler Group brands will offer a variety of events to this year's Dream Cruise. All of the Chrysler Group ...[Read more...]
Joe Bortz to Host Historic Dream Car Discussion Panel
Dream car collector and historian Joe Bortz has prepared a special treat for participants at the 40th Annual Pontiac-Oakland Club International Convention in St. Charles Illinois, this coming July 17-21. In addition to bringing his four historic Pontiac Dream Cars, he has also assembled a panel, conisisting of two noted designers, a retired engineer and two veteran authors to examine the topic of Pontiac's early concept vehicles. The panel discussion will be held on Friday, July 20th at 1...[Read more...]
Model CF
S-11 Series

Image Left 1954 FireDome1956 Firedome Image Right
© 1998-2015. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.