1956 DeSoto Fireflite Sedan
Two-speed PowerFlite pushbutton automatic
1956 DeSoto Fireflite Sedan
•Previous Arizona owners stored it in a climate-controlled environment•Sold new on 02/23/1956 at Rosenberger De Soto, Scottsbluff Nebraska•New for ’56: an early version of the Fire Dome Hemi V-8 engine with dual exhausts•Two-speed PowerFlite pushbutton automatic transmission and 3.54 gearing•Car was repainted in 2016 in its original Jet Black over Crimson exterior (code 368) with red and black interior•Tinted windows and rear fender skirts•Power steering, power brakes converted to front discs, power windows and power front seat•New rear wheel cylinders, brake shoes and hoses, a rebuilt master cylinder and whitewall tires•New radiator core and thermostat•126-inch wheelbase•Documentation included original dealer invoice, original service certificate, original Scotts Bluff County Tax form and the original De Soto owners manual
Attention Mopar Fans, have we got a rarity for you – a 1956 DeSoto Fireflite Sedan, the marque’s flagship model. Its original owners stored it for years in a Arizona climate-controlled environment and yes, this DeSoto has a Hemi V-8. It also received a repaint in its original two-tone colors in 2016. Sold new on 02/23/1956 at Rosenberger De Soto, Plymouth in Scottsbluff Nebraska for a price of $3,135 plus another $1,000 in options such as power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat, rear arm rests, power antenna, clock and Jiffy Jet washers.
Dressed in Jet Black over Crimson (code 368), the paint and trim are in overall great condition. The car’s body remains straight and Arizona dry, the windows are tinted, its engine bay is extremely tidy, the battery is in very good order, the trunk is good shape, with a spare tire and some extra parts included. The car’s chrome bumpers accentuate the triple taillights and there are rear fender skirts.
This big DeSoto rolls on wide whitewalls, size 225/75R15 at every corner with front disc brake conversion to help with stopping. Each tire is mounted on a steel wheel, topped with a factory wheel cover. The tires and wheels are all in very good order. New parts include rear wheel cylinders, brake shoes and hoses, a rebuilt master cylinder, new whitewall tires, radiator core and thermostat.
Under the hood is an early version of the Fire Dome 330 CID Hemi V-8 engine with dual exhausts. The engine was new for 1956 and had hemispherical combustion chambers. Where’s the shift lever? Look to your left. This car has a two-speed PowerFlite automatic transmission with pushbutton controls. Out back is a 3.54:1 gear ratio. Driver convenience features include power steering, power brakes converted to front discs, power windows and factory clock.
Unlike most other automatic transmissions, PowerFlite did not feature a “Park” range, making it necessary to use the handbrake whenever the car was parked. All Chrysler products at the time had a parking brake independent from the vehicle's wheel brakes, a single brake drum mounted on the driveshaft, just behind the transmission. This had the (intended) effect of locking both rear wheels in the same way that the “Park” setting did in other transmissions. In 1956, Chrysler switched to pushbutton transmission controls, which remained the only PowerFlite shift mechanism until 1961, when it was discontinued.
Inside, the car features a red and black interior with certain elements finished in white. The red bench seats are in great shape, as is the matching carpet. The neutral headliner is in satisfactory order. The white over black metal instrument panel looks great but the speedometer flunctuates. A factory AM radio completes the interior.
The 1956 model car was best known for its long, tapering tail fins, often accentuated by a two-tone exterior finish. For the 1956 update, Exner gave the DeSoto soaring tailfins fitted with triple taillights. Believe it or not, Chrysler used to have four divisions – Chrysler at the top with Imperial; in modern times, Plymouth was the corporation’s value brand with Dodge serving as the bridge between bottom and top. Prior to 1961, there was a fourth brand, DeSoto. It competed with the other companies’ mid-priced makes – Buick, Mercury, Oldsmobile and Pontiac, among others.
Documentation included original dealer invoice, original service certificate, original Scotts Bluff County Tax form and the original De Soto owners manual.
Competition to this DeSoto in 1956 included Buick’s Series 70 Roadmaster Riviera, Mercury’s Monterey and Oldsmobile’s 98.
If you’ve always wanted a classic and rarely seen DeSoto. You owe it to yourself to stop by MotoeXotica Classic Cars to check out this classic Fireflite for yourself.
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This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 80,673 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title.
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1956 DeSoto Fireflite Sedan•Previous Arizona owners stored it in a climate-controlled environment•Sold new on 02/23/1956 at Rosenberger De Soto, Scottsbluff Nebraska•New for ’56: an early version of the Fire Dome Hemi V-8 engine with dual exhausts•Two-speed PowerFlite pushbutton automatic transmission and 3.54 gearing•Car was repainted in 2016 in its original Jet Black over Crimson exterior (code 368) with red and black interior•Tinted windows and rear fender skirts•Power steering, power brakes converted to front discs, power windows and power front seat&
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