Lot 29 - 1929 DeSoto Six Roadster
|Odometer reading||1 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £20,000|
Walter P. Chrysler introduced DeSoto in the summer of 1928 and Chrysler's announcement immediately attracted the attention of 500 dealers who were interested in selling the cars from the newly established marque. By the time DeSoto production was in full swing at the end of 1928, there were 1,500 dealers selling the flagship 1929 DeSoto Six model and the cars were in high demand.
The car name honored Hernando de Soto, the 16th century Spanish conquistador who discovered the Mississippi River, de Soto had covered more North American territory than any other early explorer and his achievement is remembered by towns, cities and counties named DeSoto across the southeastern United States. As a moniker, DeSoto reinforced the Americana theme sounded by Chrysler's other new brand, Plymouth.
The DeSoto itself was powered by a six cylinder engine with 55 horsepower, priced midway between the basic offerings from Ford and the luxurious and expensive Cadillac. DeSoto provided engineering advantages such as an oil filter and Lockheed hydraulic brakes that were either optional or not offered by contemporary makes. DeSoto specification included standard automatic windshield wiper, ignition lock, brake light, full-instrumentation, steering hub controls for headlights and a tool kit with grease gun.
It was a smooth package made more appealing by seven different models with swank names. The roadster was called Roadster Espanol, the deluxe sedan was called Sedan de Lujo and even the basic two-door variant benefited as the Coupé Business.
This charming DeSoto Six Roadster was originally built and the USA and was believed to have been exported to South America after it was built. First registered in the UK in 2007, BS 4352 was the subject of a major restoration and is finished in white coachwork with black wings and cream interior. During the restoration the coachwork, running gear and engine were all sorted and the total cost came to £12,167.
More recently a new starter motor has been manufactured and fitted at a cost of £1145 and the car now drives exceedingly well and is a very capable open touring car, fitted with a dickey seat enabling four people to enjoy the experience!
Complete with the original owners manual and a fresh MoT road test certificate, this very rare righthand drive DeSoto is an interesting and unusual open vintage tourer with a torquey 2.8 litre six cylinder engine that offers superb value for money, especially when compared to similar British cars of the period!
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