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One error in the description, the car was designed in Detroit but built by Ghia in Italy because the Italians could build a one off car in half the time, for 1/10 the money of Detroit union labor.

If you can't afford one, how about a Karmann Ghia VW? Copied off the very similar Chrysler show car but scaled down to 3/4 the size.

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Chrysler introduceed the pushbutton shift in 1956. Some 55 models had the shift lever on the instrument panel to the right of the steering wheel.

I'm curious abot the engine in this car. If it's a DeSote why does it have a Chrysler engine instead of a DeSoto? I suspect that the "restoration" put in a Chrysler because they are more available.

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I like it except for the color and the lower portion of the front fenders.

I like it except for the front end and the sides. The wheels and tires are the best part of the car in my opinion.... ;)

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One error in the description, the car was designed in Detroit but built by Ghia in Italy because the Italians could build a one off car in half the time, for 1/10 the money of Detroit union labor.

If you can't afford one, how about a Karmann Ghia VW? Copied off the very similar Chrysler show car but scaled down to 3/4 the size.

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The Karmann Ghia actually came from this car;;

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-J6IT2j-reus/TgzUgOc-ZyI/AAAAAAAAAc0/5Hxz54y9JKo/s1600/1952-chrysler.jpg

Don

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[quote=Bob Call

I'm curious abot the engine in this car. If it's a DeSote why does it have a Chrysler engine instead of a DeSoto? I suspect that the "restoration" put in a Chrysler because they are more available.

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Well you would think Chrysler Corporation and Ghia wanted the biggest engine available, so instead of the smaller (dimensionally the same on the outside) Desoto HEMI 276.1 cu. in. they used the Chrysler 331 cu. in Hemi. Remember in those days bigger was better and you can't tell the difference.

Don

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