DeSoto Custom

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DeSoto Custom
De Soto Custom 4-Door Sedan 1949.jpg
1949 DeSoto Custom 4-Door Sedan
Manufacturer DeSoto (Chrysler)
Also called DeSoto Deluxe
Model years 1939-1952
Assembly Los Angeles (Maywood) Assembly, City of Commerce, CA
Jefferson Avenue Assembly, Detroit, MI
Body and chassis
Class Full-size
Body style 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout FR layout
Related Chrysler Saratoga
Chrysler Newport
Dodge Custom
Dodge Coronet
Engine 236.7 cu in (3.9 L) L-head 109 hp(1946),[1] 112hp(1949),[2] I6(1946-1950), 250.5 cu in (4.1 L) L-head 116 hp I6(1951-1952)[2]
Wheelbase 121.5 in (3,086 mm) (1946-1949);[1] 125.5 in (3,188 mm) (1950-1952)
Predecessor DeSoto Airflow
DeSoto Airstream
Successor DeSoto Firedome

The DeSoto Custom is an automobile produced by DeSoto from 1939 until the 1952 model year. While in production, the Custom was DeSoto’s top-trim level car, and was offered in a wide array of body styles, including a 7-passenger sedan[2] and the extended-wheelbase Suburban sedans.

The Custom shared its engine design with the Deluxe, and were powered by Chrysler's L-head 236.7 six-cylinder engine, delivering 109 bhp (81 kW) at 3,600 rpm.

Custom models, along with Deluxe models, produced during the 1946, 1947, 1948 and first half of the 1949 model years used DeSoto's prewar bodies. A fully redesigned Custom was launched in the second half of 1949, along with a redesigned Deluxe, and these cars are referred to as “1949 Second Series” models.

In 1950, the Custom range gained DeSoto's first consumer-designed station wagon. The Custom also received DeSoto's first hardtop coupe, which featured pillarless door design and which was trimmed to convertible standards. Standard equipment included two-speed electric windshield wipers, a trunk light and full carpeting.[2]

Customs were unseated as DeSoto's premium model range with the introduction of the V8-powered 1952 Firedome model range of cars. DeSoto terminated both the Deluxe and Custom model names in 1953, with the DeSoto Powermaster line assuming their place in DeSoto's 6-cylinder model range.


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  2. ^ a b c d Flory, Jr., J. "Kelly" (2008). American Cars, 1946-1959 Every Model Every Year. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7864-3229-5. 
  • Gunnell, John, ed. (1987). The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. Kraus Publications. ISBN 0-87341-096-3.