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1957 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman

One Owner Near Survivor Fireflite Sportsman 341 HEMI V8 3 Speed Automatic
Stock #
134995
Body Style
Hardtop
Engine
341 HEMI
Exterior Color
Fiesta Red & Frost White
Interior Color
Gray & White
Miles
88711

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1957 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman Red For Sale
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  • Original 341 cubic inch Fire Dome V8
  • Mostly original sheetmetal / Original trim
  • Mostly original 1-owner car
  • Original A488 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Correct Fiesta Red and Frost White paint
  • Sale includes original key tags and an original Service Certificate
  • 14-inch steel wheels
  • Mostly original Gray and White interior

SUMMARY

  • With the exception of select parts and a 2014 repaint, this DeSoto is a survivor
  • 1-owner car
  • Original 341 cubic inch Fire Dome V8
  • Original A488 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic transmission
  • Mostly original sheetmetal / Original trim
  • Our sale includes original key tags and an original Service Certificate
  • Mostly original Gray and White interior
  • Correct Fiesta Red and Frost White paint

Virtually every classic car enthusiast knows DeSoto as Chrysler’s quirky mid-lux division. And while the brand was originally envisioned as a stepping stone to the corporation’s namesake luxury marque, it also spawned performance and economy models to fend off internal competition from Dodge and Plymouth. That means the ‘50s power monsters MoPar enthusiasts know and love often have more exclusive counterparts like this stylish Fireflite Sportsman. Wrapping a hot 341 cubic inch Hemi V8 and stalwart pushbutton Torqueflite in a tailored interior and sweeping sheetmetal, this all-American cruiser HAS to be some of the coolest metal on the planet! And with only 7,216 companion cars, it’s some of the rarest Detroit iron ever produced. For fans of unique cars, it doesn’t get much better than an Exner era Chrysler. And if you’re a discerning collector who’s itching for a classic, big-fin MoPar that’ll be the star of every cruise night in town, this ’57 DeSoto is your ticket!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Based on legendary designer Virgil Exner’s ‘Forward Look’ body, DeSoto’s well-known Fireflite series is some of the finest metal to ever leave an American design studio. The spectacular Fiesta Red and Frost White example you see here was assembled at Chrysler’s Detroit, Michigan manufacturing facility and exceptionally maintained by one fastidious owner for close to 57 years. Its mostly original sheetmetal reflects a smooth, 2-stage finish that was applied in the summer of 2014. Yards of original brightwork and stainless feature no modern supplements, with the exception of fresh chrome on the car’s taillight housings and rear bumper. And, as far as we can tell, this coupe has never been fully disassembled, with the aforementioned owner instead opting to address issues of aging as they arose.

ENGINE

All that classy metal moves thanks to a Hemispherical Fire Dome V8, which is branded with a correct S26-27094 assembly stamp. Clocking in at 341 cubic inches, the square-bore mill turns hearty 9.25 to 1 compression into 295 horsepower and 390 lb./ft. of stout torque. And naturally, given the car’s ownership history, the engine appears to wear a roster of correct and original pieces, from its glossy air cleaner and rebuilt Carter carburetor all the way to its beefy radiator and tagged red cap battery. Fire is provided by a traditional points distributor, which sequences sparks between an old school generator and 7mm Copper Conductor Cables. Combustion comes courtesy of a correct camshaft, which breathes through a correct intake and original exhaust manifolds. Aesthetically, the engine’s clean Aluminum paint contrasts well against a fresh Fiesta firewall and glossy black fenders. And little details like gold valve covers, vivid “DESOTO FIREFLITE EIGHT” call-outs, stainless fluid lines and a Sparton horn round out this coupe’s natural eyeball appeal.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

The 1957 DeSoto was “the car that makes yesterday seem years ago”. Accordingly, the division’s marketing gurus drowned the print world in ads touting the brand’s new Torsion-Aire Suspension. And surprisingly, that statement still holds true today, as this big boulevard king sits on a freshly detailed chassis that veils pothole-shattering solidity in a silky smooth ride. Behind the Fire Dome V8, an original A488 Torqueflite 3-speed sends power to a correct rear end. That tough driveline spins in a factory-spec undercarriage that’s complete with Chrysler’s robust torsion bars and stiff outrider springs. At the corners of that chassis, heavy duty drum brakes ensure solid, fade-free stops. At the center of the car’s rust-free floors, a traditional true-dual exhaust system employs deep, glasspack-style mufflers. And all this road-worthy hardware rides on painted and capped wheels, which spin pliable 8.50-14 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls.

INTERIOR

Take a look inside this coupe and you’ll find a mostly-original Gray and White interior that sports enough room to haul the whole family in comfort! Wide bench seats prop piped and stitched vinyl under fresh centerpieces. In front of those seats, a Frost White dash hangs a crack-free pad over a correct AM radio and stylish, pushbutton transmission controls. That dash and seat combo is framed by rich carpet, textured door panels, chrome pillar covers and a white headliner that’s stretched across polished roof bows. In front of the driver, a 2-tone steering wheel spins a chrome horn ring around an intricate DeSoto logo. And behind the passengers, a large trunk props an original jack and spare tire on an original mat.

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

  • A variety of original marketing materials.
  • An original Owner’s Manual
  • An original Service Certificate
  • Two original key tags
  • A March, 2014 photo of the car with its only owner

This classy DeSoto is a super cool cruiser that’s easy to imagine as the focal point of a cross-country road trip. With its burly V8, tailored interior and dramatic styling, it represents the pinnacle of American design and manufacturing dominance. If you’re looking for a top-notch classic that’ll draw a crowd wherever it goes, your search is officially over!

Basic

Year
1957
Make
DeSoto
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Fireflite
Secondary Model
Sportsman
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Classic
Mileage
88711

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
341 HEMI
Engine Number
S26-27094
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
A488 Torqueflite
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM Radio
Battery Location
LH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
No
Air Conditioning
No

Interior

Interior Color
Gray & White
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl
Shifter Type
Push Button
Center Console
No

Body

Body Style
Hardtop
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Fiesta Red & Frost White
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Torsion bar
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
n/a
Front Wheel Specification
14"
Rear Wheel Specification
14"
Front Tire Specification
8.50-14
Rear Tire Specification
8.50-14
Front Brakes Specification
Drum
Rear Brakes Specification
Drum
Spare
Full Size
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Glasspack Style

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
* Original marketing materials. * Original Owner's Manual. * Original Service Certificate. * March, 2014 photo with only owner.

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