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Engine
Inline 6
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Transmission
Manual
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Exterior
Green
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Interior
Green
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VIN
S538407

Description

93 HP, 228.1 cid, 2.1 Liter Side Valve In-Line 6-Cylinder Engine, 3-Speed Transmission Engine No. S5-36487 In 1938, recession hit the U.S. causing vehicle manufacturers to reduce production. Poor sales caused the Chrysler Corporation to respond by offering buyers special “dressed up” models during the midyear. The DeSoto version was called the “Custom”. The engine remained the same and th...

93 HP, 228.1 cid, 2.1 Liter Side Valve In-Line 6-Cylinder Engine, 3-Speed Transmission Engine No. S5-36487 In 1938, recession hit the U.S. causing vehicle manufacturers to reduce production. Poor sales caused the Chrysler Corporation to respond by offering buyers special “dressed up” models during the midyear. The DeSoto version was called the “Custom”. The engine remained the same and there were no fancy extras added to the exterior. The interior however, was much more “custom” with a special offering of fabrics, fabric combinations, contrasting plastic and knobs within the interior and many other “touches” that set it apart from its standard counterparts. Reports estimate that only 2,550 examples of these Custom DeSotos were produced in 1938. Until 1992, it was not know whether or not one was still in existence and hence it lovingly became known as the “Unknown DeSoto”. The National DeSoto Club, in the early summer of that year, released an article discussing the Custom DeSotos and by late summer, this particular car had been discovered. She is full of features and options that were not available on the standard model including: twin windshield wipers, twin taillights, chrome trim ringed wheel covers, twin Air-Tone horns, labels on all under dash knobs, “custom” matching steering wheel and gearshift knobs, twin sun visors, front passenger armrest, contrasting shade interior and many little chrome touches to the interior and exterior. The offering of this vehicle to public is a unique chance to not only own a piece of true Americana but also the chance to own what remarkably could be the only DeSoto of its kind left in the world.

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