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42 DESOTO 4 DOOR CUSTOM - $8,500 (Camarillo)


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One of the coolest domestic car designs. 

A pity it's been neglected. It'd be an easier decision if it was a more desirable body style. Massive re-chrome cost.

Seller implies it runs?

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I'm always a fan of Chrysler engineering, but I'm enough of a realist to assume that those clever headlight doors didn't always open every time. Even a few decades later they could be problematic. Still, I'd be willing to take my chances!

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2 hours ago, Hudsy Wudsy said:

I'm always a fan of Chrysler engineering, but I'm enough of a realist to assume that those clever headlight doors didn't always open every time. Even a few decades later they could be problematic. Still, I'd be willing to take my chances!

The headlight covers were mechanically operated by a lever under the dash to the right of the steering column.  I attended a National DeSoto Club national meet about twenty years ago, the owner of a '42 DeSoto demonstrated how they worked to a group of us.

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The 42 Desoto in any body style is practically made of unobtainium.    I expect this car to sell to someone,  maybe not at the 8500 asking price,  but it will sell.

 

Somebody find me a nice one of these and I will step up like a big boy.

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