1932

Desoto SC

Model Specifications

  • Rear-hinged doors, frequently referred to as “suicide” doors.
  • 8,924 produced
  • Weight: 2,993 pounds
  • Cost: $775

Description

The Desoto name comes from Hernando de Soto, the 16th Century Spanish explorer. The Desoto, along with the other Chrysler vehicles, Dodge and Plymouth, were meant to be lower-priced cars. During the 1932 model year, Desoto was the ninth ranked US automaker. This model was promoted as “America’s Smartest Low-Priced Car.”

This Desoto features a rounded grille, one-piece fenders, a Delco-Remy ignition, hydraulic brakes, safety all-steel body, and a rear spare wheel among other new features. For an extra cost, the grille could be painted or chrome plated.

Donated by the Science Museum of Virginia