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Car Collection: DeSoto Fireflite Convertible

The DeSoto’s two-door Fireflite Convertible built in 1955 has become one of the most sought after 50’s Classics from the Chrysler family today.

Mar 07, 2018 | By Andrea Sim

DeSoto Fireflite Convertible

One of the only 775 built in 1955, the Fireflite Convertible by DeSoto was introduced as the company’s flagship model. With a shiny and stylish external appearance, the DeSoto Fireflite has a Jamaica Bronze Metallic over Surf White finish.

This example, was formerly owned by S. Truett Cathy collection (founder of Chick-Fil-A restaurants) and it stood out in many ways as the private seller described it as “a beautiful older restoration that still presents very well, and although the paint is showing some age the slight patina only adds to the charm.”

Start the Engine!

The DeSoto Fireflite is managed by a 291ci 200 hp hemi V8 engine over the 276 version featured in the 1954 models. Of all 1955 DeSoto models, the Fireflite was the only example to receive the early HEMI in S21 specification, with a four barrel carburetor that nudges 200hp.


Complete with a beautiful white leather interior and matching convertible top, the exterior styling features a lower front hood scoop, a separate mounted hood ornament, larger tail lights and the bumper was reshaped to mimic the shape of the body-style.

About $6,200 had been spent on servicing that was performed by a marque specialist, offering the DeSoto Fireflite Convertible as an investment-grade vehicle to the most astute investor or car collector who appreciates one such rarity of this great American marque.

The DeSoto Fireflite presents a forward-looking combination with vehicle parts, including “Power-Flite” automatic transmission with “Flite-Control” shift on dashboard, Power convertible top, Power steering, Power brakes, Dual exhaust, AM radio, Whitewall tires.

Selling at $69,000 (private seller), the DeSoto Fireflite will not only “perform wonderfully” but also a car of a true “collector’s dream!”

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