The Desoto Series CF was introduced in January of 1930. It was a low-priced vehicle that ranged from just under $1,000 - $1075. It was available as a roadster, phaeton, business coupe, deluxe coupe, convertible coupe, sedan, and Deluxe sedan. Total production reached 20,075.
The Series CF was powered by an L-head eight-cylinder engine that displaced 207.7 cubic-inches. It produced 70 horsepower and was mated to a three-speed selective sliding gear transmission with a single-plate dry disc clutch. At all four wheels were hydraulic brakes and wood spoke wheels.
Standard equipment on the Series CF included hydraulic brakes, mono-piece body construction, fuel pump, downdraft carburetor, Lovejoy shock absorbers, seven cross member frame, NorthEast ignition, and mono-piece body construction.By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2011
A straight eight was the engine of choice for medium-priced cars in 1929-1930. The CF got a 70 horsepower 207.7 cubic-inch engine and a new 114 inch wheelbase for a seven-model lineup offering all K-model body styles, plus a rumble-seat convertible coupe. It was also sold as a bare chassis for commercial applications and, perhaps, the occasional coachbuilder. Priced at $965 - $1,075, the CF undercut ostensible rivals such as Graham, whose cheapest eight sold for $1,445, but clashed directly with Hudson ($885 - $1,295).
It also had to contend with the first eight-cylinder Dodge, introduced at almost the same time. Designated DC, this rode on the same wheelbase as the CF, but offered five more horsepower from a 220.7 cubic-inch version of the same basic side-valve design (an extra quarter-inch of stroke made the difference.) Despite being pitched slightly upmarket of DeSoto at $1,095 - $1,145, the Dodge DC modestly outsold the CF with production of more than 23,000 units.Source - AACA