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Friday, December 07, 2007

Baby Boomer Fun: The De Soto

Thursdays, (mostly), are baby boomer fun days here, no real estate, so here goes...

This week, in the category of long and forgotten automobiles, we have the De Soto, manufactured by Chrysler in the US from 1928 until 1961. We have a DeSoto Firedome in our family history.

During its tenure, De Soto was notable for a number of features in the manufacture of automobiles, including, pop up headlamps and fluid drive, (a precursor of the automatic transmission).

The most curious innovation appeared in 1935 as The De Soto Airstream or Airflow. Pictured at right, this radical, aerodynamic, and futuristic car is described as follows:
Airflow design propelled DeSoto to 32 stock car records. Airflow scorched the flying mile at 86.2 miles per hour, averaged 80.9 miles per hour for 100 miles, 76.2 miles per hour for 500 miles, and 74.7 miles per hour for 2,000 miles. For gravy, Harry Hartz drove a DeSoto Airflow 3,114 miles from New York to San Francisco. The DeSoto averaged 21.4mpg
Interesting that The Airflow was not a success, and equally interesting that the US fleet average in 2007 is only 24 mpg!

Without further ado, here is a 1 minute commercial from television, introducing the 1958 De Soto. Who recalls the use of Cole Porter's It's De Lovely as the De Soto theme song?

If this video should disappear from the web, please find many more De Soto commercials at this location.
Enjoy!

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