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1959 DeSoto Firesweep Seville 2 door Hardtop Survivor
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Posted 2019-05-03 4:51 PM (#581724)
Subject: 1959 DeSoto Firesweep Seville 2 door Hardtop Survivor



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Hi All,

I made a 39-minute walkaround video where I went over the whole car in great detail. It’s up on YouTube in HD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMrOj_-2Vlk

I also uploaded some new short movies and quick pictures of the DeSoto from last June at:

http://www.forwardlook.net/images/desoto/2018 but I still need to get her out for a nice photo day. There are also earlier images at http://www.forwardlook.net/images/desoto from when I first got the car.

Here’s what I can think of to tell you about the car. First, please bear in mind this is not a rust-free, pristine car. It was just an average 14 year old Pittsburgh used car plucked from the streets in 1973 and frozen in time. It has some rust in the rockers, fenders, quarters… and Bondo in the trunk pan and floor pan. It survived salty Pittsburgh winters. Drivable, original, but far from perfect. It’s a survivor in the true sense of the word. With original cars being very desirable these days, its value is in its originality.

Some bullet points about the car:

• Runs very nicely, idles very smoothly, transmission seems fine, brakes are a little grabby from storage. Starts and runs strong & very quietly.

• Radiator is weeping, should probably be re-cored. Doesn’t leak much besides that (oil, trans fluid, etc.)

• I recall the fuel tank weeped as well when filled all the way. A spare good tank is included, but new replacement tanks are now readily available. I also put in a new sender & sock.

• Tie rods/ball joints/suspension bushings/wheel bearings/shocks/rear springs/fuel sender/brake cylinders, pads, lines, master cylinder, shoes/lines/oil pump/fuel pump/fuel sender/plugs/wires/fluids/belts/hoses/etc. etc. all replaced around 2004 to make it drivable.

• New battery, group 27, put in August 15th.

• Carb and distributor also rebuilt.

• NOS Y-pipe and Sono-X muffler installed.

• Car was radio delete originally… had Sears radio, replaced with NOS Searchtune. It didn’t turn on last I tried but should be okay after a warmup. Antenna is generic.

• Correct bellows power brake system added, with 68 Roadrunner drum/drum master cylinder for extra safety.

• Interior is all original and complete but not perfect. It had plastic on it from the get go.

• Great trunk mat, jack. Still has the jacking decal.

• The front bumper is crooked (but not bent – just needs adjusted)

• It’s a Firesweep Seville (spring special). 361, Torqueflite, P/S, P/B, 2bbl. Color is Bradenton Blue. Interior is the “Nassau Plaid” in Pearl White and Heather Blue. Deluxe steering wheel, padded dash. Sure grip rear.

• Heater valve is new, but oddly reversed (cold is hot, hot is cold)

• I took it to Carlisle 3 or 4 times. Have not driven much recently due to the old bias ply tires. I believe they are about 30 years old.

• I am the second owner. I have maintenance paperwork, manuals, other paperwork and receipts from more recent service/parts as well as from the original owner. I have put about 1,500 miles on of the 51k. Most of that was 4 trips to/from Carlisle.

• Still has original dealer script on trunk.

1959 DeSoto 2-door hardtops are pretty scarce, and the Seville model (spring special) is even harder to find. It is the most beautiful color combo they offered for the year. I think the initial appraisal by folks may have been a bit high, so I am certainly open to reasonable offers. Please let me know if you have any questions or want to look at the car.  Email is best:  dave -- stragand -- forwardlook.net.  Thanks!!!

-Dave

 

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w.weiland
Posted 2019-05-03 8:27 PM (#581730 - in reply to #581724)
Subject: Re: 1959 DeSoto Firesweep Seville 2 door Hardtop Survivor


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Posted 2019-05-07 3:12 AM (#581889 - in reply to #581724)
Subject: Re: 1959 DeSoto Firesweep Seville 2 door Hardtop Survivor



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Not bad at all!

My first brush with potential FL ownership (age 14) was a 1959 DeSoto Firedome Seville 4-door hardtop with the same colors, only reversed (white body & roof, light blue sweep). I think it had a 383 2-bbl - along with torqueflite, power steering, power brakes, original swivels and aftermarket A/C. Had either 82K or 84K original miles (can't remember 100% off-hand). Decent headliner, trunk mat and material, too - but no spare for some reason.

Total survivor and, though it was far from perfect (bum carb among them), it was laser straight, completely rust free and the original paint still had a great sheen on it (and no cracking that I could see). The Auto Trader ad said "best offer", so I'd brought $1,500 cash with me (this is back in 1986) to slap down on the table if it was roadworthy, but the lady said if she couldn't get $2,500 for it, she'd rather keep it, as it was her late husband's car. And she wouldn't take anything down with installments, either.

Right place, wrong time.....
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Posted 2019-05-07 9:02 PM (#581917 - in reply to #581724)
Subject: Re: 1959 DeSoto Firesweep Seville 2 door Hardtop Survivor



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That interior is pretty funky. I like it! Nice car, I hope it finds a good home.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-05-07 11:22 PM (#581924 - in reply to #581917)
Subject: Re: 1959 DeSoto Firesweep Seville 2 door Hardtop Survivor



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Powerflite - 2019-05-07 6:02 PM

That interior is pretty funky. I like it! Nice car, I hope it finds a good home.


I think we decided that the interior was close to or was Nassau Plaid:



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matt
Posted 2019-05-08 1:21 AM (#581926 - in reply to #581724)
Subject: Re: 1959 DeSoto Firesweep Seville 2 door Hardtop Survivor


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What else was different with the 59 Seville?
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-05-08 1:40 AM (#581927 - in reply to #581926)
Subject: Re: 1959 DeSoto Firesweep Seville 2 door Hardtop Survivor



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matt - 2019-05-07 10:21 PM

What else was different with the 59 Seville?


Some info here:

Alden Jewell says:

"Yes, this was a spring special edition, although DeSoto had used the Seville name in 1956 as well. The '56 Firedome Seville 2-Door and 4-Door hardtops were slightly cheaper alternatives to the Firedome Sportsman hardtops."

REFERENCE: https://www.flickr.com/photos/autohistorian/6067344554/in/faves-vint...



Edited by 56D500boy 2019-05-08 1:49 AM




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