This Could Be Fun: 1951 DeSoto Deluxe – Sold!

May 2020 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

May 29th Update:  We’re still seeing this ’51 DeSoto we first featured earlier this month listed on Craigslist.  While the ad’s title states $3,900 as the asking price, the seller quotes $4,900 in the body of the text.  We stick to our recommendation of starting at $3,000 if this car is still available and see where it goes from there.  Good luck with the purchase!

A funny thing happened since we started the “Free For All” Friday theme.  Cars we would not have given a second glance before suddenly fit the theme perfectly, especially older base sedans such as this 1951 DeSoto Deluxe Four-Door Sedan currently listed on Craigslist in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a claimed 33,000 original miles for an asking price of $3,900.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Deluxe priced $300 more than the current #4 “Fair” estimate of $3,600.  We note the seller has $3,900 in the title of the listing but mentions $4,900 in the body of the ad.  We would start at $3,000 and see if $3,500 tops would have you hiring a flatbed to get the car back to your garage.

Chrysler’s DeSoto brand offered the Deluxe as its entry-level car from 1939 through 1952 in only two-door and four-door sedans.  A fully redesigned DeSoto was launched in the second half of 1949, and these cars are referred to as “1949 Second Series” models.  The Deluxe differed from the more upmarket Custom line by virtue of the traits found in base models, namely less trim, fewer standard features, and plainer interiors in fewer color combinations. A six-tube and an eight-tube radio were optional.  The Deluxe shared its engine with the Custom and was powered by Chrysler’s L-head 237 cu in inline six-cylinder engine, delivering 109 brake horsepower at 3600 rpm. The DeSoto had full instrumentation.  In 1951, the brakes grew to 12 inches in diameter.  Here’s a dealer introduction of the 1951 DeSoto line:

Maybe it’s the chromed tooth grille or the awesome patina that just discoloration rather than full-on rust, but this DeSoto just has a certain cool about it that we wouldn’t mind driving around town in.  Since there is no money in restoring an early 50’s DeSoto like this, we would simply have fun cleaning up the interior, doing whatever is necessary mechanically to ensure this car is roadworthy, and then we would drive it every show we could.  Comment below on what you would do with this DeSoto. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Seriously, This Hotrod is worth a whole lot more, but times have changed and it has to go.
Bring some cash and something to trade if you don’t have the full $4,900 .Want to sell this asap. All reasonable offers will be accepted. 3.9 L straight 6 clutch 3 speed.
White wall tires.
Please Lets not waste each others time, serious collectors only.
Call 610-570-1035.

Do you have a DeSoto story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


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