1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible Pace Car / 50383348 Chassis Information

1956 DeSoto Fireflite photograph

1956 DeSoto Fireflite photograph

1956 DeSoto Fireflite photograph

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Convertible Pace Car
Chassis #: 50383348
Sold for $115,500 at 2012 RM Auctions - The Charlie Thomas Collection.
Sold for $75,000 at 2015 Mecum : Monterey.
In 1955, DeSoto unveiled Virgil Exner's fresh new 'Forward Look' lineup and sales nearly doubled over the previous year. Their flagship for 1955 was the FireFlite. It had a plush interior and like all DeSotos, was powered by Chrysler's Firedome Hemi V8 engine with a choice of either a 3-speed manual or push-button operated Powerflite automatic transmissions.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony Hulman and his organizing committee chose the FireFlite as the Official Pace Car of the 1956 Indy 500, citing its 'outstanding performance and superb handling characteristics.' DeSoto produced about 400 Pacesetter special-edition convertibles with White and Gold paint to commemorate the honor and supplied dealerships with stencils to recreate the lettering on the official race vehicles.

This particular restored example is formerly part of the Charlie Thomas Collection. It has seen little use in recent years. It has vinyl lettering, power-operated Saddle vinyl top, Gold vinyl upholstery with tweed seat and door inserts, and a rare Highway Hi-Fi 45 RPM record player. Other features include special-edition Gold wheel covers, power front seat, power steering, dash-mounted clock, push-button radio with dual power rear antennas and a well-detailed trunk and undercarriage.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2016


2015 Mecum : Monterey

Sale Price :
$75,000

2012 RM Auctions - The Charlie Thomas Collection

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$100,000-$125,000 
Sale Price :
$115,500

2019 4
2018 5
2017 4
2016 3
2015 3
2014 2
2013 3
2012 6
2011 3
2010 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$39,669$104,5004
2018$101,310$225,5005
2017$69,268$175,0004
2016$90,333$187,0003
2015$49,563$75,0003
2014$88,475$140,0002
2013$42,117$62,7003
2012$122,870$165,0006
2011$143,367$368,5003
2010$29,700$29,7001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 DeSoto Fireflite
Sold for $23,100
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1956 DeSoto Fireflite
Sold for $22,000
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Pacesetter Convertible
Sold for $104,500
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1956 Desoto Fireflight Sedan
Sold for $9,075
  2019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale
 
1956 Desoto Fireflite
Sold for $14,850
  2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago
 
1956 Desoto Fireflite Convertible
Sold for $121,000
  2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago
 
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible
Chassis#: 50381576
Sold for $100,100
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Adventurer
Chassis#: 50386077
Sold for $45,100
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 50384411
Sold for $225,500
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Indy 500 Pace Car
Sold for $175,000
  2017 GAA : November
 
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
Sold for $66,000
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Four-Door Sedan
Sold for $4,070
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 
1956 DeSoto Fireflite
Sold for $32,000
  2017 Spring Carlisle Auction
 
1956 DE SOTO FIREFLITE
Sold for $42,000
  2016 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 60
 
1956 DE SOTO FIREFLITE
Sold for $42,000
  2016 McCormick's Auction # 60
 
1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 50384411
Sold for $187,000
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE COUPE
Sold for $17,588
  2015 McCormick's Auction # 59
 
1956 Desoto Fireflite Pacesetter
Chassis#: 50383348
Sold for $75,000
  2015 Mecum : Monterey
1956 DeSoto Fireflite image  1956 DeSoto Fireflite image  
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Indianapolis Pacesetter Convertible
Chassis#: 50383118
Sold for $56,100
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 50372001
Sold for $140,000
  2014 Mecum - Monterey
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 DeSoto Fireflite's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$110,000$155,000$175,000
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Hemi503683422018 Silver Auctions Arizona : Fall Auction$8,000  
1956 Desoto Fireflite Convertible 2018 Mecum : Hershey$90,000  
1956 Desoto Fireflite Convertible 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$125,000  
1956 Desoto Pace Car Convertible503826052016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction $145,000$175,000
1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE CONVERTIBLE503660592016 BarrettJackson : Northeast   
1956 DeSoto Fireflite 2014 Leake Auction : Dallas Spring$140,000  
1956 Desoto Fireflite Coupe620509312013 Russo & Steele Newport Beach$57,500  
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible 2011 Leake Auction Dallas, Texas$146,000  
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible 2011 Leake Car Auctions Tulsa 39th Annual Leake Auto Auction$267,500  
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible 2011 Leake Car Auctions Tulsa 39th Annual Leake Auto Auction$165,000  
1956 DESOTO SPORTSMAN HARDTOP 2011 Auctions America Spring Carlisle$25,000  
1956 Desoto Sportsman 2D 2006 RM Auctions Michigan International Spring Classic Car Auction$6,600  

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