August 30, 2021
Of course, the money shot for this 1956 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman is the three-quarter rear view, which really shows-off its befinned fenders. DeSoto brochure writers told us that “DeSoto’s startling new tail light treatment for 1956 has been designed specifically for safer driving under today’s stepped up pace.” “Control tower styling,” they called it, and as a predictive bonus those lights were also visible from the sides. I’ve always been confused by DeSoto’s model names. Firedome, Fireflite, Sportsman, Adventurer, Pacesetter, Shopper, Explorer, Adventurer — sometimes used in combination, other times not. Good thing I wasn’t a DeSoto salesperson back in the day. (Especially seeing that I was only four-years-old when today’s RealRide was new.) Saw this one a couple of weeks ago in Youngstown.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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