1957 De Soto Fireflite Hardtop

Summary

De Soto appealed to drivers who desired the cutting edge of technology. Soaring fins and an airy roof suggested military jet fighters. Pushbuttons replaced old-fashioned transmission levers. And De Sotos were powerful -- perfect for the new high-speed, four-lane turnpikes and the newly-funded interstate highway system.

De Soto appealed to drivers who desired the cutting edge of technology. Soaring fins and an airy roof suggested military jet fighters. Pushbuttons replaced old-fashioned transmission levers. And De Sotos were powerful -- perfect for the new high-speed, four-lane turnpikes and the newly-funded interstate highway system.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1957

Creators

Chrysler Corporation 

Exner, Virgil M. (Virgil Max), 1909-1973 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Made by Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan; designed by Virgil M. Exner.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

93.151.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Vinyl
Rubber (Material)
Chromium
Cloth

Color

White (Color)
Blue

Dimensions

Height: 55 in

Width: 77 in

Length: 218 in

Weight: 4125 lbs

Inscriptions

On front hood and rear above license plate: DE SOTO On left and right front fenders: SPORTSMAN On rear fenders and on front dash above steering wheel: FIREFLITE

Specifications

Make & Model: 1957 De Soto Fireflite hardtop

Maker: Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, Michigan

Engine: V-8, overhead valves, 341 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Height: 55 inches

Width: 78 inches

Wheelbase: 126 inches

Overall length: 218 inches

Weight: 4125 pounds

Horsepower: 295 at 4600 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 14.0

Price: $3,671

Average 1957 wage: $4,546 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 10 months

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