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1958 Desoto Firesweep Convertible
350 cid, V-8, 280 bhp

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The Firesweep was available in a 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, 5-door station wagon or as in the museums car, a 2-door convertible. The Firesweep model was only available from 1957 through 1959. As with the rest of the Chrysler Corporation line-up, the DeSoto was redesigned with Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” and included soaring tailfins fitted with triple taillights. The most lucrative sales year for the Firesweep was 1957 and thanks to a recession,  by 1959 DeSoto was all but dead. Options available for 1958 were a push-button transmission, power steering, power brakes, push-button radio and dual rear antennas. The 1958 Firesweep came standard with a 350 cid, 280 hp, V-8 engine. There were only 700 DeSoto Firesweep convertible coupes produced in 1958, less than 15 are believed to still exist, at a list of $3,219. Highlights:
  • “Firesweep” model available from 1957 through 1959
  • Desoto was a division of the Chrysler Corporation
  • Only 700 Firesweep convertibles produced
  • Price new: $2,939
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