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    Desoto...
    (Back in the days of "free love" I had a 1954 Desoto wagon, and traveled up and down the coast of California, camping on the beaches in it. It had a medium sized hemi and an "automatic" stick shift with a torque converter and a foot clutch. A pretty deluxe car, in excellent condition with a wood and chrome interior it was pretty cozy to "sleep" in. When I bought it, it had a rod knock, and I reground the crank, but couldn't find a replacement connecting rod, So I just repaired that one. It ended up about a 1/16" shorter than the rest of them, with no discernable difference).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    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...
    I didn't actually realize how different the W194 race cars were from the production SL's until reading about them yesterday. The race cars were full tube frame cars while the SL body sat atop a conventional frame. The Mercedes six was giving up 50 to 100 HP in race trim to its competitors so they really struggled to make the car as light as possible. SL customers could order an aluminum body for their street car, which doubled the price and saved 76 pounds. . .
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leikec View Post
    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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    How right you are. Let's bump it back up shall we?

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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    I always thought the illuminated face of Hernando de Soto was cool


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Desoto...
    (Back in the days of "free love" I had a 1954 Desoto wagon, and traveled up and down the coast of California, camping on the beaches in it. It had a medium sized hemi and an "automatic" stick shift with a torque converter and a foot clutch. A pretty deluxe car, in excellent condition with a wood and chrome interior it was pretty cozy to "sleep" in. When I bought it, it had a rod knock, and I reground the crank, but couldn't find a replacement connecting rod, So I just repaired that one. It ended up about a 1/16" shorter than the rest of them, with no discernable difference).

    Amazing! Our 53 sedan was the same two-tone green!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiddleAgesMan View Post
    Amazing! Our 53 sedan was the same two-tone green!
    That pic is just an internet image. When the Desoto thread showed up my memory sort of went bonkers. All the lovely girls...
    After writing the text in that post, on a whim I googled > 54 Desoto wagon>wood and Whoa! That is the exact same car that I had, same green two-tone color, same interior. I bought it in a junkyard in Hayward Ca., remarkably preserved way in the back of the lot, with the rod knock, circa 1969/70 for $50. Paid it off in installments, $10 a week. Fixed it and drove it for a few years - It was cool, and rode like a limo. Those hemis are sweet little engines, the transmision, not so much. It never failed though. I bought a '36 ford truck from the same yard, a spring tide would come in and out around the wheels - I still have that truck.

    I will swear that pic is the same car.

    Now that I have the Desotos fresh in my mind, I had a Divco before that... And that, was a beach cruiser. From Point Reyes to Big-Sur stopping over in Golden gate Park and Palo Alto pretty regularly. A little Tiny stove in there, a bunk in the back, swing back bi-folding doors, you could stand up and drive it with the doors open. Those days were different.

    I made an axle for a 1929 Desoto once. Had to shorten a later model axle and recut the splines for it.


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    1948 Chevy FleetMaster



    Tom

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    1949-ish Divco


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    What I like about all these cars you are showing is "they have style and character"
    Not like all the same old/same old identical looking cars that seem to be produced these days.
    Why can't modern cars incorporate the new modern safety features etc in a car that has some style built in a s well.

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    I've often wondered the same thing. Imagine getting a brand new '57 chevy or '65 mustang with ABS etc.
    I don't care to know what the tough do when the going gets tough.

    I am interested in what the enlightened do.

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    Kinda like this. . .





    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Kinda like this. . .








    I like all of these cars--a welcome change from the same-same styling that seemed to take over the industry the last dozen years....


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    No. Not contemporary styling reminiscent of a bygone era—rather the actual old car body with updated technology. Like this:


    with 40 mpg and airbags.
    I don't care to know what the tough do when the going gets tough.

    I am interested in what the enlightened do.

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    The Russians do this BMW V12 powered one, I always thought it looked DeSotoish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Kinda like this. . .





    Joisey Shoireish eh?

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    Dad looks pretty happy.

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    And while we are on the subject of doing nice things for dad...

    Jeff C

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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
    That was the smaller Desoto in 1956. The four door model has so much leg room in the back seat, kids could play there with plenty room for adults in the rear seat.
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    My parents had one like this, which they bought used and cheap and not in nearly as nice shape. I think it had a flathead six.

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    There's a wonderful Bruce McCall picture of DeSoto finding the mississippi.

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    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
    for nature cannot be fooled."

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    Re the 300 SLs, there is the 300 SLR which I think was an inspiration for the 300SL, 2.9 litre straight 8, fuel injected, desmodroic valves, it would have sounded amazing! The direct fuel injection may be a bit misleading, the road models I think would have had intake port injection, the race ones may have had cylinder head injection, some of the aircraft engine manufacturers were starting to do this.

    Really do like those 50's American cars, even with the horrors of a soft ride. I think in the 50's the cars suited their country of origin and didn't always transalte well in to other countries.
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    My family's cars: ( That's parents, 5 kids, and, usually, a dog)
    First family car, purchased in 1951 was a 48 Pontiac Chieftan, followed by a 35 Plymouth Coupe, a 52 Crosley Wagon, 55 Ford Country Squire, 57 Ford Country Squire,
    61 Rambler Cross Country (First car purchased new), 64 Rambler Cross Country.
    By now, my older sister and I were off on our own and my 16 year old brother talked my dad into buying a 67 AMC Javelin! Which he quickly totalled.
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    Does anyone else see a tiny hint of T-bird here ?
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    Yeah I see it. looks like it is moving forward while standing still. My first car was a 56 plymouth, black with a red top.

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    Metallic silver is for folks who can never make up their mind.

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