Tuesday, August 13, 2019

1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible

The DeSoto was introduced in 1956 and produced through 1960. By 1960 the DeSoto Company, owned by the Chrysler Corporation, ceased production. Under the hood of the Adventurer lurked a Hemi 5.6-liter V8 tuned to 350 bhp. Power brakes were offered as standard equipment and the suspension was modified to help control the horsepower produced by the engine.
The Adventurer had an array of features, including power windows; a power-operated, swiveling driver’s bucket seat; and a power-operated convertible top. It also has a push-button-operated TorqueFlite automatic transmission.
A DeSoto Adventurer was able to achieve 137 miles per hour. At the Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds oval it topped 144 miles per hour. There were no other vehicles offered that could out pace the Adventurer. The base price for a 1959 Adventurer was around $3990, less than most of its competition.

This car sold for $330,000, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, sale on April 4, 2018.
97 Adventurer Convertibles were produced in 1959. A concours quality example recently sold for $ 225,000.