Fireflite, 4-door Sedan
I have always had a thing for the big finned cars of the late fifties era, and when my husband (Mark) suggested that it was time to build a car just for me, my first thoughts were of owning a ’55 Ford Crown Victoria and preferably in pink and white. We began our search for just such a car, but when I saw this ’57 DeSoto I fell in love with it. It had spent its entire life in Mississippi, and had only accumulated 32,000 miles, as it was part of an estate of a collector who had owned the car since 1958. The car was very well optioned for the time and included: power windows, power seats, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, rear defrost and a factory record player. The car was originally a medium green and white, although I had my heart set on either a pink or red car, my husband agreed to change the color to a factory correct Fiesta Red and White combination.
The restoration has come a ways from when this picture was taken, shortly after it returned from the media blaster and the rush was on to get it in epoxy primer to keep the metal from flashing over with rust during a spell of hot and humid weather. While we plan to keep the car very stock looking in appearance, upgrades have included: 4-wheel disc brakes and electronic ignition. You may also see this car in some of the videos as my husband often uses it to show restoration techniques for the club web site.
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