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roadkillontheweb
Posted 2007-11-21 12:01 AM (#104054)
Subject: New (old) Firemite photos



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I recently ran across a couple more pictures of a 1958 Desoto Firemite. The guy that posted them on the web is the son of the guy driving the car. The dad is still around but the car is long gone. But here is where the story gets interesting! The guy said his father won it from the local delaer in Charles Town WV.

I just checked my dealer listing for dealers in Charles Town WV and one of the dealers noted had been featured in the Feb. 1958 Desoto Retailer magazine. I pulled my old magazines and checked this issue and found the picture below with the following caption.


R.K. Wall of Walls service station Charles Town W. Va informs us that santa claus set townfolks talking when he appeared in the Christmas parade-in a Firemite. Mr Wall is pictured above with Mr Claus and his transportation with many of the cities children looking on!

How much you wan to bet that this is the same car?




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Fanbladeus
Posted 2007-11-21 8:50 AM (#104080 - in reply to #104054)
Subject: Re: New (old) Firemite photos



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THAT IS SO COOL!

Is a Firemite anything like a veggiemite?
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roadkillontheweb
Posted 2007-11-21 10:23 AM (#104095 - in reply to #104080)
Subject: Re: New (old) Firemite photos



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Fanbladeus - 2007-11-21 7:50 AM

THAT IS SO COOL!

Is a Firemite anything like a veggiemite?


It sure is!
They both get chew up and spit out by kids!
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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2015-06-03 12:33 AM (#480279 - in reply to #104095)
Subject: Re: New (old) Firemite photos



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1st Photo is the artist rendering of the 2nd photo.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2015-06-03 12:43 AM (#480281 - in reply to #480279)
Subject: Re: New (old) Firemite photos



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More photos from the other forums and the web.
I don't know why, but I just wanted all these Firemites in one place.
OCD or (CDO)



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Posted 2015-06-03 3:37 PM (#480326 - in reply to #104054)
Subject: Re: New (old) Firemite photos



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Has anyone ever heard of car dealers giving away little cars like this now days? Are today's children too sophisticated to be lured to such an event?
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2015-06-03 4:52 PM (#480330 - in reply to #480326)
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Can anyone tell me about the color sweeps on the Firemites: from the old photos, it appears some had a textured insert - some may have been painted? The old color photos some have a red sweep, some have a gold sweep. Bodies seem to be universally white. What were the color options on a Firemite?

Thanks for sharing the images, Kurt!

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roadkillontheweb
Posted 2015-06-05 12:44 AM (#480468 - in reply to #104054)
Subject: RE: New (old) Firemite photos



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The color sweep was gold and the bodies were white.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2015-08-28 12:24 AM (#488165 - in reply to #480468)
Subject: RE: New (old) Firemite photos



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I found more stuff on the web, and I wasn't even trying.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2015-08-31 11:53 AM (#488420 - in reply to #488165)
Subject: RE: New (old) Firemite photos



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Okay, I think that is all the old pictures.

I wish that my Dad would have bought me one of these. But come to think of it, my Dad never
bought anything new. All of the family cars that I remember were Used Cars. The only new thing
that I ever got was a new bike for Christmas. Even my clothes were passed down from my big brother.
Anyway.... Heck, I wish I had one Now.
(I'm gonna have to make more money, cause I gotta lotta Wants).



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Viper Guy
Posted 2015-08-31 9:28 PM (#488481 - in reply to #104054)
Subject: Re: New (old) Firemite photos



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At the dealer introduction of the 1958 DeSoto in Detroit, all the dealers (Dad was a DeSoto-Plymouth dealer) received a number for a drawing. The prize was a Firemite. I sure don't remember who the lucky dealer was, but it wasn't Dad or I would have had that rascal!

"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"
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roadkillontheweb
Posted 2015-08-31 10:58 PM (#488493 - in reply to #104054)
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what dealership did your dad work at?
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60crossram
Posted 2015-09-01 12:11 AM (#488501 - in reply to #104054)
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Get off the hood for crap sakes ! That's divorce justification.
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Posted 2015-09-01 1:12 AM (#488503 - in reply to #488420)
Subject: RE: New (old) Firemite photos



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58DeSoDodge59 - 2015-09-01 8:53 AM
I wish that my Dad would have bought me one of these. But come to think of it, my Dad never
bought anything new. All of the family cars that I remember were Used Cars. The only new thing
that I ever got was a new bike for Christmas. Even my clothes were passed down from my big brother.
Anyway.... Heck, I wish I had one Now.
(I'm gonna have to make more money, cause I gotta lotta Wants).


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My Old Man talked a big game about Schwinn bicycles being "the best" and
when it came time for me to have my own, I got a POS Murray with a front
sprocket so big I could not get it started unless I could roll it down hill ! Dad
was the King of Cheap, and I guess cheap overruled his praising viewpoint on
those Schwinns, .... which, by the way, every kid on earth had at the time. I
ended up saving my lawn mowing funds and buying my own Stingray for $81.69.
That was a LOT of money back then. Something like three months worth of
paper route "salary".

I used to think having a Firemite would be cool, but the fancy has left me.
A fifty-something guy riding his old Stingray aound the neighborhood might
look a bit silly, but driving a four foot car around is just too much.

I'll stick with the full size model and call it good.
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roadkillontheweb
Posted 2015-09-01 6:55 AM (#488511 - in reply to #104054)
Subject: Re: New (old) Firemite photos



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Actually Doc the Firemite is just shy of 7 feet long. The Jaguar XK120 I have that was made in the early 50s in Portland OR is close at 6'6" long but the Desoto Firemite is the largest and is much wider also.
My nephew is 8'6" tall and drives my gas powered Mustang JR around, yes he looks ridiculous but that is the appeal.
I am 6'7"400+ and still fit in the Firemite body, just not the original frame because of the way they setup the steering and pedals.
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mstrug
Posted 2015-09-01 7:29 AM (#488513 - in reply to #104054)
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My nephew is 8'6"

What team is he on? Marc.
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Viper Guy
Posted 2015-09-01 2:19 PM (#488545 - in reply to #104054)
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Hey roadkillontheweb:

Thanks for asking. Dad owned his own DeSoto-Plymouth dealership ROMAN MOTOR SALES in Beaverton, MI and I still have some DeSoto momentos from the dealsership. He had this from 1946 till the end of DeSoto, got Chrysler in 1961 and Dodge/Dodge Trucks in 1968. The deaership closed in 1980 after his death. His favorite car was the DeSoto - after DeSoto was discontinued, it was almost like taking a child away from him; he loved the DeSoto that much.

Doc was talkng about Schwinn bicycles and I too was in the same boat - never got my Schwinn Black Phantom with the "knee action" front fork which was the rage back then. I wound up with a "Plain Jane" Western Flyer!

"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"
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roadkillontheweb
Posted 2015-09-01 10:54 PM (#488592 - in reply to #104054)
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I just noticed that that was a Typo 6'8" is how tall the nephew is.
Viper guy I will have to see if I have anything on Roman Motor Sales.



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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2016-08-04 8:27 PM (#518370 - in reply to #488592)
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A couple more.



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drosera88
Posted 2016-08-05 5:19 PM (#518424 - in reply to #104054)
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I gotta ask: What were the production numbers on these? What are they worth now? Could these now be among the rarest Forward Look vehicles? Could these possibly be the best clown-cars/Shriner-cars ever made?

Sure beats the 'Power Wheels' Jeep I had when I was a kid.
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Chrys 68
Posted 2016-08-29 7:06 AM (#520069 - in reply to #104054)
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Would love to own one!
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Posted 2016-08-29 2:22 PM (#520102 - in reply to #518424)
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drosera88 - 2016-08-05 2:19 PM
Sure beats the 'Power Wheels' Jeep I had when I was a kid.


At least you had battery power, I had to pedal my Jeep. (circa 1946)



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Chrys 68
Posted 2016-08-30 4:24 AM (#520149 - in reply to #104054)
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I also had to pedaling!
Here I am in my Jeep early summer of '69.

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Posted 2016-08-30 7:59 AM (#520154 - in reply to #104054)
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Lucky!

whatever I had a milk crate a board and two wheels from a set of skates...





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Posted 2016-11-23 1:34 PM (#526966 - in reply to #104054)
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More Firemite in this thread: http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=28842&posts=37&start=1

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Chrys 68
Posted 2016-12-30 4:58 PM (#530066 - in reply to #104054)
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Lifting this very interesting thread!
I would love to have a Firemite in my collection!
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58DeSoDodge59
Posted 2017-05-31 12:27 AM (#541236 - in reply to #530066)
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1958 Firemites



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Posted 2017-05-31 9:45 AM (#541251 - in reply to #104054)
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Was the first photograph actually Charles Town or Charleston misspelled? Some confuse the two
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Posted 2017-05-31 4:35 PM (#541283 - in reply to #541251)
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Charles Town, WV . Close to Harpers Ferry, WV.
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Posted 2020-06-12 11:01 PM (#599596 - in reply to #541283)
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I found this on faceybooky the other day.
I love these Firemites. I wish I had one.



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Lancer Mike
Posted 2020-06-14 11:38 PM (#599676 - in reply to #104054)
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The Shimkat Motors Firemite appears to be the only one with antennae.

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Posted 2020-06-15 11:21 PM (#599734 - in reply to #599676)
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Lancer Mike - 2020-06-14 11:38 PM

The Shimkat Motors Firemite appears to be the only one with antennae.




I don't think Antennas were an option. It seems they would be kind of dangerous for kids.
You could stab your little brother with one, or you could break off both of them and have a sword fight.
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Posted 2020-06-16 11:34 AM (#599747 - in reply to #599734)
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J. Render & Son Co. Plymouth-DeSoto dealer postcard, courtesy of Bob Terpak. Check out all those new '58's (and one '57 Desoto) besides the Firemite!



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Posted 2020-06-16 6:21 PM (#599762 - in reply to #104054)
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Did they make Dodge or Chrysler versions of these things?
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Posted 2020-06-17 8:09 PM (#599796 - in reply to #104054)
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No. Nothing but DeSoto Firemites. However I believe I had seen other makes of these mini motorized models but none promoted through Chrysler product dealers . This was a 1958 model only.
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