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DeSoto Custom Coupé '47

DeSoto  Custom Coupé '47 (1947)

Reference CH3129
Make DeSoto
Model Custom Coupé '47
Type berline
Construction year 1947
KM 61883
Cilinder displacement 3878
Gears manual
Steering left hand drive


  • Well maintained
  • Cool coupé, ready to use
  • Side exhaust
  • 12V new starter engine
  • Ready for MOT, drive, show, pimp or top chop ;-)

The DeSoto (sometimes De Soto) was manufactured and marketed by the now-defunct DeSoto Division of the Chrysler Corp. from 1928 to 1961. The DeSoto logo featured a stylized image of Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto. The De Soto marque was officially dropped November 30, 1960, with over two million vehicles built since 1928.

Shortly after DeSoto was introduced, however, Chrysler completed its purchase of the dodge Brothers, giving the company two mid-priced makes. Initially, the two-make strategy was relatively successful, with DeSoto priced below Dodge models. Despite the economic times, DeSoto sales were relatively healthy, pacing Dodge at around 25,000 units in 1932. In fact, when DeSoto first came out in 1929, it broke the first-year sales record, with 81,065 cars sold, and was not beaten until 1960 by the Ford Falcon.

Despite being a successful mid-priced line for Chrysler for most of its life, DeSoto's failure was due to a combination of corporate mistakes and external factors beyond Chrysler's control. The Chrysler brand essentially moved from a luxury automaker to a mid-priced automaker when Chrysler launched the separate Imperial brand in 1954 for the 1955 model year. Most DeSoto models were merged into the new Chrysler Newport in 1961.


  • Bodywork
  • Length: cm (in): 526 (207.3)
  • Width: cm (in): 192 (75.7)
  • Height: cm (in): 170 (67.3)
  • Wheelbase: cm (in): 308 (121.5)
  • Weight: kg (lb): 1610 (3550)
  • Mechanics.
  • Displacement: inline six 3878 cc (237 cu in), front-mounted
  • Valve gear: 12
  • Fuel system: 1 Carter carburetor
  • Gearbox: 3-speed, semi-automatic
  • Driven wheels: rear-wheel drive
  • Maximum power: 109 hp at 3600 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 260 Nm at 1200 rpm
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