1949 DeSoto Custom Convertible Coupe

$63,000 OBO

  • Status Available
  • Year 1949
  • Make DeSoto
  • Model Custom
  • Body Style Coupe Convertible
  • Mileage 500 miles
  • Engine236.6 CID I-6 @ 112HP
  • Transmission 4 speed Tip-Toe Hydraulic semi-automatic
  • Brakes Manual
  • Steering Manual
  • Exterior Color Cinnabar Red
  • Interior Color Tan
  • Condition Summary #2/Show-Driver
Vehicle Description

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 engines, 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 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.

The above information is specific to this classic. Even if this example is not exactly what you are looking for (price, quality, color, equipment…) contact us.  Many of our sales result from matching the desires of the buyer with cars found through our vast network of private sellers and dealer colleagues.

To add this DeSoto to your collection, inquire by phone or text (989-891-0900), e-mail (, or stop in (1124 N Water St. Bay City MI 48708). Since not all our cars are in one location, inquire before visiting to ensure the classic you want to see is here for you to enjoy.  The Bay City Motor Company sells & ships globally. Individual and professional inspections are welcome.


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