1948 Desoto Custom
1948 Desoto Custom
$45,500
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1948 Desoto Custom

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West Coast Classics are proud to present and exceptional example of this 1948 De Soto S11 Custom Convertible 2 Door Coupe in its original Butterfly Blue color paint with a matching and correct specification two tone Bedford cord & leather interior trim with tailored front floor carpets, power top, all weather air control system, Comfort master heater, 8 tube radio, electric clock, directional signals & White sidewall tires! The top-of-the-line model of the De Soto line in 1948 and one of the most unique post war DeSotos ever built. CHASSIS NO: 5891198Quality restoration finished in desirable Butterfly Blue1 of only 8,100 Custom Convertibles built from 1946-1948Resident of two long-term collectionsWell-accessorized236 cid inline six-cylinder engine, 109 HP, three-speed manual transmission, drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 121.5A sub-series of the American automotive giant the Chrysler Corporation, the DeSoto nameplate was in production from 1928 till 1961. Like all of Chryslers post-war marques, the 1946-1948 models were considered one series. The post-war demand kept the company busy for three straight years, with 8,100 of these Custom Convertibles leaving the factory. Since only about 2,500 were built per year, the Custom Convertibles are positioned as one of the rarest American Convertibles of its era. The design was one of the newest among the automotive titans, keeping the basic shape of the 1942 models but with numerous changes. Most notably, returning the design aspect to fixed, open headlights, rather than the hidden air oil lights. In total, DeSoto produced over 93,000 units for 1948, meaning this Custom Convertible only accounted for approximately two percent of total production.Offered here is a nicely restored example that has been a resident of two long-term collections. Originally part of the Lloyd Needham Collection located in Canada, The Rockhound Collection would take ownership in 2018 with the restoration having already been completed many years before. The exterior is finished in its original color of Butterfly Blue with a blue canvas convertible top and lovely blue leather and tan cloth upholstery. The restorations attention to detail has held very well with fine chrome trim throughout. The interiors bakelite dashboard and gauges are in wonderful order, as well as the central radio, a feature that Chrysler boasted about. Additional accessories on this 48 DeSoto Custom Convertible include the fluid-drive transmission, a drivers mirror, dual remote spotlights, and a correct full-size spare tucked away in the trunk. A charming presentation thanks to its quality restoration and color choice, this rare Custom Convertible would make a nice addition to any collection of post-war American automobiles.

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    5891198
  • Classic Car ID
    101786157
  • Stock Number
    91198
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    77,944 miles
  • Engine
    N/A
  • Transmission
    3 spd Manual
  • Exterior Color
    Blue

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