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    I've always thought the 1955 and 1956 DeSoto was a better looking car than the comparable model Chevy.



    I also like the other Chyrsler products from that year:

    1955 Imperial



    1955 Dodge



    But the DeSoto is my favorite...one of those cars I would like to own before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

    1955 was a stellar year styling wise for all of the American manufacturers. Is anyone else in my corner on this one--or are you all Chevy lovers...? If so, you have a lot of company.

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    DeSoto was distant SECOND, Jeff ... but I like them, too. My grandparents lived in DeSoto, MO ... and drove them ... just because, I believe.

    Cool cars, me thinks. But you will NOT get a lot of takers ...
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    I like them as liveried here in the same way I like most of the mid century cars, and I have to say they are sleeker than I remembered. Looked at in the light of your photos, they somewhat resemble the Studebakers of the same era (but a bit chunkier). I like the Lowey look, so that's a compliment. The driving experience might put me off of them though.

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    Everyone's taste is different. The DeSotos don't do a thing for me, but I like some of the '55 Studebakers --







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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    As for DeSotos, I always preferred the 1957 hardtop. Great fins!


    I loved the 1955 models BECAUSE they didn't have any fins

    Even the mini-fin on the 1956 DeSoto drives me nutty...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad9798 View Post
    DeSoto was distant SECOND, Jeff ... but I like them, too. My grandparents lived in DeSoto, MO ... and drove them ... just because, I believe.

    Cool cars, me thinks. But you will NOT get a lot of takers ...

    No doubt the 1955 Chevy was the more popular car--it's possible to buy a brand new repo body for the 1955-1957 Chevy right now, if you have the bucks.

    But I like the Chrysler products much better...they have a style that is softer than the Chevy, and they seem much more balanced than the Studebaker Starliner styling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Everyone's taste is different. The DeSotos don't do a thing for me, but I like some of the '55 Studebakers --







    I do love that Studebaker pickup!

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    I like Desotos

    We have a lot of old Studebakers up here.

    This one is a Salesman's car, I don't know the the year though. It has a bed and cooking facilities built in to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    I'm just a fin kind of guy.




    It's okay...but resist the urge to put a whale-tail on the Miata

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    My uncle had one of those , a horrible wallowing aircraft carrier of a car . erk !!
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    '55 was a good year for Ford:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donn View Post
    '55 was a good year for Ford:

    I'd take one of course, but of the 2 seat Birds, a 57 F model would be my choice!

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    We had a '56 Plymouth. It was a nice car with one feature I really liked. It had a floor button for the left foot to hit and the wipers would make one sweep.

    If all goes well this August I'll be going to the car museum in Hershey. I'll post some photos. I'm guessing for this crowd cars of the 50's and 60's would be the most popular.
    May be some rough water ahead. We're getting new captain.

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    1930s and '40s British and European for me !
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post


    My uncle had one of those , a horrible wallowing aircraft carrier of a car . erk !!
    My sis-in-law owned one that exact shade of pukey green. Her brother had souped up the engine, and I remember riding with her for miles with the speedo pegged out near the Great Salt Lake. She drove like a saint in town, but hit the highway and she thought she was Chuck Yeager. Even with the suspension tweaked... it still wallowed and rolled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    My sis-in-law owned one that exact shade of pukey green. Her brother had souped up the engine, and I remember riding with her for miles with the speedo pegged out near the Great Salt Lake. She drove like a saint in town, but hit the highway and she thought she was Chuck Yeager. Even with the suspension tweaked... it still wallowed and rolled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leikec View Post
    I do love that Studebaker pickup!

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    Me too. My brother had one he'd picked up cheap - just sitting out back of the barn being over-run by blackberries. He said he was gonna restore it. I thought I about had him convinced that he'd never get to it, and he should let me have it to fix up for one of the kids. Then some collector came along and offered him big bucks for it. [sigh]
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    When I was 16 I had one of these, a 56 Studebaker Hawk. It never ran, but it was mine.


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    Yep, Ford had some decent vehicles in 1955:





    I like the pickup a lot.

    But back to DeSoto...the 1955 models were even more special when you look at what had come before:

    1954 DeSoto



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    We had a '53 DeSoto when we moved to Savannah in '54. It looked like the '54 above but with four doors. Weird semi-automatic transmission: put it in drive, start off, when you needed the next gear you eased off the throttle, pumped the clutch pedal once (IIRC) and it would shift up. Do it once more and you were in top gear. I can't recall if the clutch needed to be depressed when stopping or not but I don't believe it did.
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    What could have been. . .

    Ghia's styling study for a Desoto Adventurer with Chrysler V8 circa 1954.

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    What could have been. . .

    Ghia's styling study for a Desoto Adventurer with Chrysler V8 circa 1954.
    Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite Alfas.


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    Quote Originally Posted by leikec View Post
    I've always thought the 1955 and 1956 DeSoto was a better looking car than the comparable model Chevy.



    I also like the other Chyrsler products from that year:

    1955 Imperial



    1955 Dodge



    But the DeSoto is my favorite...one of those cars I would like to own before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

    1955 was a stellar year styling wise for all of the American manufacturers. Is anyone else in my corner on this one--or are you all Chevy lovers...? If so, you have a lot of company.

    Jeff C
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    For years the only way we got cars was when our Aunts gave us their old ones.

    My Aunt gave my Dad her 56 Desoto, , It must have been a lemon as it was the biggest pile of crap ever.

    My other Aunt gave my older brother her 55 Ford with 10.000 miles on it.

    Me and my Dad waxed it and My brother went from Jersey to College in Maine at 90 miles a hour and the engine blew .

    I dont think the car had ever gone over 25 miles a hour and it went into shock.

    Dang i wanted that car.

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    I miss the old two and three tone paint jobs. And thick creamy colors instead of thin metallic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    What could have been. . .

    Ghia's styling study for a Desoto Adventurer with Chrysler V8 circa 1954.

    You can almost see the designer sketching that out with long flowing strokes !
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbys View Post
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    For years the only way we got cars was when our Aunts gave us their old ones.

    My Aunt gave my Dad her 56 Desoto, , It must have been a lemon as it was the biggest pile of crap ever.

    My other Aunt gave my older brother her 55 Ford with 10.000 miles on it.

    Me and my Dad waxed it and My brother went from Jersey to College in Maine at 90 miles a hour and the engine blew .

    I dont think the car had ever gone over 25 miles a hour and it went into shock.

    Dang i wanted that car.
    Chrysler build quality in the 1950's was abysmal compared to the other manufacturers...which was saying something because it's generally accepted that the overall build quality of Detroit automobiles was pretty bad in that decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbys View Post
    .

    For years the only way we got cars was when our Aunts gave us their old ones.

    My Aunt gave my Dad her 56 Desoto, , It must have been a lemon as it was the biggest pile of crap ever.

    My other Aunt gave my older brother her 55 Ford with 10.000 miles on it.

    Me and my Dad waxed it and My brother went from Jersey to College in Maine at 90 miles a hour and the engine blew .

    I dont think the car had ever gone over 25 miles a hour and it went into shock.

    Dang i wanted that car.
    the typical hypothesis for this scenario is 'connecting rod stretch' followed by piston ring failure. . .
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Found this on youtube.

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    See? Two tone thick creamy paint. I'm tired of metallic silver cars now.

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    I don't think we got em here, so I'll just have to stick to my favourite, the 55 Chev. It might be the ugly duckling of the mid 50's Chevys but I'd do it again.
    The 59 Pontiac I had at 20 or so had mushy suspension ,in fact it was the same shell as that 59 Chev. I always thought it was only tyre technology that kept it on the road.... Well, most of the time anyway. They pegged the speedo at about 130.
    Its probably the most intimidating car I've ever driven. You could cruise up behind people and they'd pull over a lane every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    I'm tired of metallic silver cars now.
    Me too dammit!!!

    Last edited by Paul Pless; 05-09-2012 at 04:45 AM.
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Was that the original color?

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    Well the original W194 race cars wore satin finished hand formed aluminum bodies. The racing version used an aluminum body because the Mercedes inline six was actually pretty anemic, something like 210 HP. . .



    Among production 300 SL's, which were steel, I've seen silver, cream, white, black, blue and red colors.
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Nothing new, but it just seems like it would be fun to have a non-political thread on top for a few minutes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Well the original W194 race cars wore satin finished hand formed aluminum bodies. The racing version used an aluminum body because the Mercedes inline six was actually pretty anemic, something like 210 HP. . .



    Among production 300 SL's, which were steel, I've seen silver, cream, white, black, blue and red colors.
    I read somewhere years ago that the original race model was just a bit too heavy to qualify and on the spot they sanded all the paint off leaving the bright aluminum finish.
    That might be a fable...

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