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This DeSoto Firedome is presented in Spruce Green Metallic and Willow Green with a white power-operated soft-top, complementary green top boot and a green vinyl with white accent and gray cloth interior that was available as factory code 632.
The power unit for this ’50’s cruiser is the 361 CID, 295 HP V-8 with 10.0:1 compression, dual exhaust, TorqueFlite three speed push-button automatic transmission and a 3.54:1 rear end axle ratio. The car is appropriately large with a 126 inch wheelbase and an overall length of over 18 feet. Among the features are Electro-Touch Tuner AM radio, dual rear antennas, tinted glass, windshield washers, factory wheel covers, whitewall tires, power steering and brakes.
As one of only 519 produced by the factory during the course of the 1958 model year, this is a very rare example. The DeSoto has been awarded AACA recognition in the form of AACA National First Place, Junior Division at Greenville, South Carolina in April 2003, backed by an AACA Senior Division First Place Award in the Sendior Division at Hershey, Pennsylvania in October 2003. To best illustrate the continuing quality nature of this vehicle, the DeSoto received the AACA Grand National First Place Award in Lebanon, Tennessee in 2014.