Excellent, 1955 DeSoto Firedome SpecialThis American classic 2-door hardtop offered by the Chrysler Corporation for its DeSoto brand vehicles built in 1955. As the picture is a Firedome Special its premium line of DeSoto vehicles, the Firedome also occupied the least expensive position in the model lineup during 1955 and 1956 model years.
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1955 DeSoto Firedome Special 2dr Hardtop
67,000 original miles, purchased from nephew of original owner, it's been parked/garaged since 1974.
291ci Hemi V8
Powerflite Automatic with dash lever
Power Brakes, all new hydraulics, shoes, turned drums and rebuilt original master/booster
Power Steering-no leaks
Fresh water pump rebuild from AFCO Rebuilders
Generator overhauled locally with new USA regulator
New cap, rotor, plugs and wires from Andy Bernbaum's
Heater, defroster functional
Original Radio overhauled and auxiliary input added-listen to your tunes through the original gear!
Recent Coker wide white bias-plys,
recent 6-volt battery (not correct size, but works well and looks the part).
All original interior, no headliner.
Original wide white spare, original jack
Have original fan shroud and battery hold down as well.
This car is very, very straight with original paint and "barn-fresh". It has moderately rusty floorpans (front driver's and passenger's floor patches needed), trunk is rusty but solid, very small rust bubbling in the lower quarters and below back window. See photos. All trim/emblems intact on car, almost completely straight. The pot metal has some pitting, the car is 60 years old, after all
This is a beautiful driving car. Easy steering, very nice braking, decent acceleration. Very comfortable and elegant interior, with very cool details. Does need weatherstripping and a fresh headliner. The original upholstery is beautiful, but has faded and is threadbare at seams. Perfectly fine for driving as-is. After all, it is only original once.
Starts every time, runs very very smooth and quiet. Drives, shifts, and stops very well. It is currently registered and tagged.
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