• 236.6 CID I-6 @ 112HP
• 4-Speed Manual
• Standard Axle
• 7.60-15 Bias Ply
• 500 Non-Actual
• Cinnabar Red
*Per Federal law, cars 10+ years old are issued EXEMPT mileage titles.
More than marketing hype, the 1949 DeSoto marked its first true post-WWII styling change – it was longer, lower, wider and sleeker; really!
1949 was also remarkable because production didn't begin until December of '48 and units didn't arrive in showrooms until March of '49 – all because of labor problems in '48 that affected all Chrysler Corporation products. 3385 S-13-2 Custom Convertible Coupes were made in 1949. All featured 6 cylinder 236.6 CID ngines, power tops, elaborate gauge-filled dashes AND... Tip-Toe Hydraulic Shift transmissions.
Besides reverse there were only two forward speed gearshift positions that could be selected manually with the clutch. High range provided 3rd and 4th gears for acceleration and cruising. Low range provided 1st and 2nd gears for extreme raw power and pulling might. In either range the driver controlled the gear selection via the gas pedal. It works...it really works... but, a standard shift was an available option for the less adventuresome.
This Convertible coupe is delightfully finished with great attention to the details. The top works like a charm. Fit and finish are superior and correct.
The instrumentation all works as does the optional Weather Comfort system (heater/defrost). Documents include the car's Service Policy, its manual and option instructions.
This charming classic comes from a private Northeastern collection where staff kept it in tip top shape including the Tip-Toe tranny. It is also registered with the National DeSoto Club.
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