My own connection to DeSoto goes no further than knowing it was Howard Cunningham’s vehicle of choice on “Happy Days”. However, as one of Chrysler’s marques it has an interesting history which we’ve discussed numerous times. This DeSoto 1954 Firedome Sedan was built in Detroit (Los Angeles was the other plant) as per the vehicle number with a base price of $2,673, was finished in Azure Blue and equipped with pricy options such as the new for ’54 Powerflite 2-speed automatic transmission ($189), power windows $101), radio ($101), electric clock ($33) and heater ($78) as the ones that I can readily identify.
The engine, sadly long gone from this one, was a 276 cu.in Hemi V-8 producing 170hp and 255lb-ft of torque, heady numbers for the day. As the standard Firedome sedan with 45,095 built that year it is the most common bodystyle by far. Since the total number of DeSoto vehicles built that year was only 78,579 (of which 57,375 were Firedomes as opposed to the Powermaster 6) these don’t pop up every day, hence worthy of inclusion here. This was found very recently at a different yard than the prior subjects of this series and is part of the general population, so it’ll likely unfortunately be no more by around tax time.