CHASSIS NO: 5762299
• One of the last pre-WWII DeSotos produced
• Classic “suicide-style” rear passenger doors
• Reliable inline six with a three-speed manual transmission
• Fine presentation of a classic DeSoto waterfall grille
327 cid inline 6-cylinder engine, 109 HP, three-speed manual transmission, torsion bar front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 125”
The DeSoto Deluxe was produced from 1939 - 1952, beginning as a mid-sized family car and finally surviving the WWII years. It had a great, sleek style for the day, and showed a glimpse of the big chrome grilles that every car would sport after the war. Sold mostly as the four-door sedan offered here today, they also offered a two-door and the extended wheelbase Suburban. The new 1941 “Rocket” styling introduced the classic waterfall grille look, which would remain a DeSoto trademark through the mid ‘50s. The entire DeSoto line was a huge seller for Chrysler during this period, including the then radically designed Airflow beginning in the 1934 season.
This fine 1941 example is well-finished in beautiful maroon, with fine quality chrome and the original DeSoto hubcaps. No one can resist the classic ‘40s front end, complete with fog lamps, bumper guards, and the turn signals mounted into the headlamp bezels. Out back, the chrome is likewise in fine condition, with an ample trunk making this a very practical six-person sedan. It rides on period-correct wide whitewall tires with the factory chrome hubcaps. Inside, the huge chromed dash and vintage instruments immediately grab your attention, with excellent gray cloth seats and door panels and clean tan carpets. Entry into the rear compartment is easy with the rear opening “suicide” doors, and the entire impression of the interior is that of a very nicely cared for and well-loved sedan.
The engine compartment is tidy and correct, with only normal wear apparent, showing that this Deluxe has been driven and carefully enjoyed by an enthusiast for many years. The car starts and runs like a dream and is ready for show or go. If a fine driving ‘40s car is in your sights, don’t miss a chance to bid on this solid DeSoto, one of the last pre-war examples built.