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67Deluxe
Posted 2020-04-13 5:50 PM (#596781)
Subject: Which model is this? 57 Desoto


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I came across some pics of my Grandmother and my mother in 1961 with their Desoto. I know it’s a 57 but having trouble deciding which model this is. These are the only photos I have. I may try to hunt one down some day if there are any left. Thanks, guys!



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57burb
Posted 2020-04-13 6:09 PM (#596782 - in reply to #596781)
Subject: RE: Which model is this? 57 Desoto



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That is a 1957 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman (hardtop) coupe.

From what we're able to see, it is optioned almost exactly like the car on the cover of the 1957 brochure, except the car in your photo is optioned with quad headlights.



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67Deluxe
Posted 2020-04-13 6:24 PM (#596784 - in reply to #596782)
Subject: RE: Which model is this? 57 Desoto


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Excellent. I knew someone on here would be able to nail it down. As a side note, the lady in the pearls, my grandmother, passed away a few months shy of her 106th birthday! She was 49 in these pics and still had 57 years to go!
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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-04-14 12:12 AM (#596809 - in reply to #596781)
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That’s amazing! Think about all the changes and advancements she witnessed in her lifetime. Whatever became of the DeSoto? Did they keep it for a long time?
The 57-58’s are stunning cars.
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Posted 2020-04-14 3:43 AM (#596813 - in reply to #596781)
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The original rear seat upholstery is molded for two passengers. Most likely these are seat covers…





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imopar380
Posted 2020-04-14 11:39 AM (#596817 - in reply to #596813)
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frwl - 2020-04-14 12:43 AM

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The original rear seat upholstery is molded for two passengers. Most likely these are seat covers…



That is also what struck me as the car possibly being a Firedome as the upholstery doesn't match Fireflite upholstery. However the script at the top of the back seat seems to read as "Fireflite".
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57burb
Posted 2020-04-14 11:58 AM (#596820 - in reply to #596817)
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That was the only thing that brought me pause. It is neither Firedome nor Fireflite upholstery. As folks here have said, they appear to be seat covers, already needed by 1961.
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Posted 2020-04-14 12:13 PM (#596824 - in reply to #596820)
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57burb - 2020-04-14 8:58 AM

That was the only thing that brought me pause. It is neither Firedome nor Fireflite upholstery. As folks here have said, they appear to be seat covers, already needed by 1961.


In those days, dealers also upsold seat covers on a new car sale a lot of the time so they could have been installed at the time of sale.
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67Deluxe
Posted 2020-04-14 12:41 PM (#596828 - in reply to #596824)
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I believe they had the car until 64-65. Anyone’s guess where it is now if it still exists at all. My mother said my grandfather used to polish the car with furniture polish! Yikes! That would seem odd that the car would have needed seat covers so soon. We live in PA so not like they were Arizona sun baked or anything.
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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-04-14 1:28 PM (#596831 - in reply to #596820)
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57burb - 2020-04-14 11:58 AM

That was the only thing that brought me pause. It is neither Firedome nor Fireflite upholstery. As folks here have said, they appear to be seat covers, already needed by 1961.


You can make out the word “FireFlite” between the rear seats still. The quality of the upholstery was always a weak point on these cars
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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-04-14 1:35 PM (#596832 - in reply to #596828)
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67Deluxe - 2020-04-14 12:41 PM

I believe they had the car until 64-65. Anyone’s guess where it is now if it still exists at all. My mother said my grandfather used to polish the car with furniture polish! Yikes! That would seem odd that the car would have needed seat covers so soon. We live in PA so not like they were Arizona sun baked or anything.


It sure was a beautiful car,thanks for sharing the photos with us. I hope to add a 57-58 DeSoto to my collection one day. The upholstery didn’t wear well,especially the fabric sections.it was one of the things criticized about these cars.
Lemon pledge! Makes the FireFlite shiny and lemony fresh. ??
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57burb
Posted 2020-04-14 2:56 PM (#596834 - in reply to #596781)
Subject: RE: Which model is this? 57 Desoto



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It may sound funny to modern ears, but furniture polish will do an admirable job of shining up a car. This was in the days before 5000 car cleaning products at the parts store.

People used to polish their paint with corn starch! Yes, really.
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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-04-14 8:15 PM (#596845 - in reply to #596834)
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I didn’t know that. How did they come to use corn starch? I do know that when these cars were new there were a lot of auto polishes and waxes on the market. One “Vista” in particular,used both a 1957 and 1958 Plymouth in their wax ads!
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Posted 2020-04-14 8:23 PM (#596846 - in reply to #596845)
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Suddenlyits1960! - 2020-04-14 5:15 PM I didn’t know that. How did they come to use corn starch? I do know that when these cars were new there were a lot of auto polishes and waxes on the market. One “Vista” in particular,used both a 1957 and 1958 Plymouth in their wax ads!


Corn starch would be a light abrasive, much like talcum power. They also spread corn starch on the wooden floors of dance halls (or community halls) to make gliding easier while dancing.

As for the VISTA wax, there are a few waxes in this thread:

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=18802&...

Including this 1958 one:



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Suddenlyits1960!
Posted 2020-04-14 8:45 PM (#596851 - in reply to #596846)
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A little corn starch on the floor and you can do the “Soupy Shuffle” with ease!
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Posted 2020-04-18 6:07 AM (#597029 - in reply to #596851)
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Old timers used corn starch to remove scratches from Lacquer Paint ! It’s an old trick !
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