1959 DeSoto Firesweep

Relatively few were made originally, which makes this 1959 DeSoto Firesweep two-door Sportsman in Persimmon Red over Pearl White quite a rare beast. Full-length spears that dip behind the rear wheel openings and then project upwards towards the tips of tailfins give the car an unmistakable look. If ever a car looked like it was going to take off, then this is it.

Competition at the time came from cars like the Buick LeSabre, Dodge Royal and Oldsmobile Dynamic 88.

1958 was a tough year for many car manufacturers but 1959 was looking on the up. Desoto however was still feeling the pressure. Body panels were shared with Dodge to keep costs down for the struggling DeSoto division.

1959 DeSoto Firesweep Sportsman

Side view

Power comes from the original 361 cubic inch Turboflash V8 paired with 3-speed, 'push-button' Torque-Flite automatic transmission. 

1959 Desoto Firesweep Rear

Stunning rear with tri-cluster taillights and double bumper

DeSoto wanted you to experience the new, "Fashion Vogue" interior colors and fabrics. The original brochure told us the, "Sculptured nylon gives Firesweep interiors a richness and luxury unmatched by cars costing much more. Every stitch, every bit of fabric is carefully tailored to give you smart new beauty and durability".

1959 DeSoto Firesweep front bench seat

Climb on in!

The rear seats were certainly enough for 3 adults to sit comfortably.

1959 DeSoto Firesweep rear seats

Rear seats

This was the last year for both the Firesweep and Firedome models as Desoto were consolidating in that last ditch attempt to keep the company alive. J.B Wagstaff the DeSoto General Manager was quoted saying, "DeSoto is looking forward to a rising long-range demand for its cars". Unfortunately the Division barely got into the 1961 model year, departing in November 1960. What they left behind was actually some great cars that looked fantastic and captured the period completely.

Some Available DeSoto options in 1959

Option

Price

Heater and defroster

$98

Four-season air conditioning

$403

AM radio

$94

Power steering

$106

Power brakes

$43

Power windows

$106

Power 6-way front seat

$101

Full wheel covers

$19

Solex tinted glass

$43

The Firesweep was 78.7" wide and 215.5" long with a wheelbase of 122".

DeSoto made 5,481 Firesweep two-door Sportsman cars for the 1959 model year at a base price of $2,967. Optional extras on this car include: TorqueFlite automatic transmission ($227), power steering ($106), AM radio ($94) and a few other extras from the chart above.  It was the 541st vehicle made in the Los Angeles, California assembly plant.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos´╗┐)

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