1957 Desoto Fireflite Convertible

Price: US $116,000.00 Item location: Morgan Hill, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: DeSoto
  • Model: Fireflite
  • SubModel: Hemi
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Convertible
  • Year: 1957
  • Mileage: 98250
  • VIN: 504197
  • Color: Yellow
  • Engine size: 341
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Green
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1957 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible

Selling my 1957 Desoto Fireflite Convertible. I've had this car for a little over two years and unfortunately need to let it go. In the time I've owned the car I've done extensive work to the car. Much of that work is detailed in the two build threads below.

Original, unrestored, 99% rust free and very nice 1957 Fireflite Convertible.
Known history since the day it was sold new in 1957. Sale includes original sales contract for the purchase of the car and the original Owner Service Certificate.
And the car has been in Northern California for the last 59-60 years.
The car never needed restoration so it has only been serviced and repaired as needed including a redone interior years ago, totally rebuilt brakes recently and also a front end rebuild. Only NOS original parts were used, no aftermarket parts!
The carburetor was rebuilt and replated, has new stainless steel exhaust and brake lines, original search radio was converted to AM/FM, Bluetooth etc. Recast steering wheel and rare Benrus steering wheel clock.
Working record player plays 12 records, radiator has been rodded out and cleaned, new fuel tank, sending unit and pump, some chrome has been replated etc, etc.

Every bushing, tie rod, shock, ball joint has been replaced with NOS Mopar pieces. Everything powder coated.

Not a perfect car but a great original example of a very rare and unusual Mopar convertible.
The DeSoto is so rare, I don't think there are 50 left in the world and to find another nice unrestored car is probably next to impossible.
These cars rarely come up for sale. Car is currently located in Arizona and can be viewed there. I have the clean California title in my name. Please call 408-593-7375 for additional details

Car is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end the sale early.
New parts included in sale but not installed on car:
oil filters and air filters
seat upholstery for the whole interior from SMS (Existing interior is very nice)
reproduction side emblems that have the gold Desoto head
extra set of lower ball joints
full set of bushings for rear leaf springs and shackles
box or rubber snubbers for fuel door, glove box door, license plate etc
NOS window switches.
full set of window fuzzies and glass channel felt
NOS front bumper
As short list of NOS parts on the car already include:
NOS power seat switch
NOS power window switch
NOS both antennas and one antenna chrome base. The other base was rechromed.
NOS antenna bakelite nuts and rubber grommets
NOS venturi and s pipe for exhaust to come through the bumper.
NOS Fuel pump
NOS fuel sender
NOS fuel tank attaching bolts
NOS ball joints upper and lower
NOS upper and lower control arm bushings
NOS steering center cross tube and all sleeve clamps
NOS tie rods
NOS rubber snubbers on front and rear suspension center section
NOS idler arm
NOS anti roll bar bushings
NOS radiator spring clamps
NOS grommet under gas pedal
NOS side mirror
NOS battery rubber tray
NOS battery clamp
NOS springs and hardware for brakes
NOS jiffy jet bag
NOS oil capNOS shock retaining washersNOS Benrus steering wheel watch (very rare option on the 57's)
NOS power steering hose
NOS horn ring bushings
NOS chrome pinch weld mouldings

New exhaust is Waldron's stainless steel with the exception of the NOS pieces that come through the bumper. Those are also Jet Hot coated
Full set of stainless steel brake lines and all new rubber hoses. Drums and shoes were turned to match radius.
Generator has been converted to an alternator (over $900). This is internally regulated so the original regulator is bypassed
New Fuel tank
New floor mats
New correct battery cablesNew courtesy lights and lenses
New AGM (Absorbed Gas Mat) Mopar script batteryNew dust seals and new wheel bearings all around
Brake booster rebuilt by Booster Dewey. Car runs on DOT 5 full synthetic brake fluid
Original carb redone and replated and flow bench tested (Recarbco)
All new (5) Goodyear Super Cushion tires
New radiator hoses and belts
All new shocksdistributor serviced/recurved and has an NOS vacuum unit. New cap, rotor, plugs, and Pertronix ignition and coil
radiator cleaned and flushed by radiator shop
All the front suspension components were powder coated as was the air cleaner, vacuum tank, oil cap, fan, wheels and more.
NOS motor mounts ans insulators (not installed)
Recast steering wheel at a cost of over $1,500 (UV stable polyurethane so won't fade or crack)Rechromed horn ring and turn signal stalk
New carpet installed (correct color and loop texture for this car)
Clock repaired
Original radio converted to AM/FM bluetooth handsfree etc.
ARC 2500 Record player serviced and working. Plays 12 records automatically
New speaker
New front plastic Desoto emblem on hood
Hubcaps have been professionally polished

Please call 408-593-7375 for additional details about this Desoto.