1958 Desoto FIresweep
Engine: 350 c.i.d. V-8 with overhead valves
Compression ratio: 255 c.i.d.
Transmission: Torqueflite pushbutton automatic
Power output: 295 HP @ 385ft. lb. torque
About our 1958 Desoto FIresweep
Our 1958 DeSoto is one of only 700 Firesweep convertibles that were produced making these cars one of the most coveted 1958 convertibles built by DeSoto. Like all the cars in Bayberry Vintage Autos dealer inventory, our Desota has been extremely well cared for. The turquoise and white paint, white and black interior, chrome, stainless and black Haartz convertible top still look incredible today. Equipped with power top, power steering, power brakes, working factory radio and the rare bubble windshield, this car is as wonderful to drive as it is to look at.
History of the 1958 Desoto FIresweep
In 1958 the Desoto was available in four models: Adventurer, Fireflight, Firedome and the Firesweep. In all models there was a wonderful array of options and body styles to choose from. The innovation of the push button Torqueflite transmission added to the space age experience as did the recurring styling of jet and rocket influence. The cars were powered by 350 c.i.d. and 361 c.i.d. engines and three different transmissions: the Torqueflite three-speed, the Powerflite two-speed, and the manual column shift. Two and three-tone paint schemes were also offered as well as beautiful interior choices, and a plethora of options including a record player. Only 700 Firesweep Convertibles were built and most have gone away making finding one a difficult endeavor. The Firesweep was a well appointed and luxurious entry level model and is extremely rare at this point with as few as a dozen or so of the convertibles in existence.
Often people are drawn to the Adventurer but after driving and admiring the Firesweep a new appreciation is found as they truly hold their own and are wonderful to take on long trips with the top down. Their rarity has put them on the top of most collectors lists with the recent surge of interest in all marques from Chrysler and Dodge of the late 50s.