1956 Desoto Convertible
Drivetrain: Front engine, rear wheel drive
Torque: 350 lb-ft
Transmission: Electro mechanical 4-speed
A Little History
The Fireflite was produced from 1955 to 1960 and sold as DeSoto’s flagship model. Initially, the car did very well, selling 114,765 units in 1955. In 1956, it was marketed as DeSoto’s luxury car. At a base price of $3,544, it was the perfect mid-range option for buyers looking for the showmanship of a Cadillac without the price tag.
The Design: Standard for the 1956 Fireflite was a snapy two-tone paintjob and a long list of innovative features. This particular model is equipped with every available factory option, including the push-button AM radio, power brakes, power steering, power seats, and power windows. A large hood ornament sat above the grille, trim adorned the hood line, a chrome-lined color sweep extended the length of the car, more trim was fixed to he lower rocker panel, and V-8 emblems abounded.
Did You Know?
- “DeSoto” was named after Hernando De Soto, a Spanish explorer who led the first European expedition deep into US territory.
- In 1956 a Fireflite Convertible was selected as the official Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.