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De Soto unknown

De Soto unknown in Havana, Movie, 1990 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

De Soto unknown

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electra225 IT

2012-03-31 18:00

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Mopar of the late 40's. Probably a 1946-48 DeSoto.

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Sinatra BR

2012-03-31 19:19

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Credit for electra225.

It's a 1948 DeSoto Custom sedan.
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Commander 57 US

2012-03-31 20:32

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OK.
By why 1948?

Sinatra BR

2012-03-31 22:45

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Because of reverse light over the rear bumper. In '46 and '47 models it was absent (now correct me if I'm wrog, but isn't there a reverse light on that bumper? It's sort of blur. If there isn't you can disconsider my guess for the year)

Commander 57 US

2012-03-31 23:13

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Was not aware of that difference.

When you say "reverse light", what light do you mean?
In your thumbnail is it what appears to be a red lamp over the rear license plate bracket (as opposed to "bumper")?

Sinatra BR

2012-04-01 01:29

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When I say reverse light I refer to that tiny little chromed "ball" on the left side of the bumper sitting right below the left tail light, attached to the bumper itself. Nothing to do with the license plate lights (those on the trunk's lid).
But as I've been observing I'm probably wrong and this is an early-'48 model, just can't identify if there's or there isn't that detail on the movie's car.

Commander 57 US

2012-04-01 03:53

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I can't tell either.
Sounds like an accessory item.

Are you saying this was available in '48 but not '46 or '47?

Sinatra BR

2012-04-01 04:54

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As far as I researched not a single '46 or '47 model has it, so it's presumable they only came available in '48 (this information isn't available anywhere). We should also consider the fact that cuban auto parts industry is "slightly" weak since the cuban revolution in '59 and consequent market closure, so it's next to impossible to be some aftermarket accessory.
Anyway, those statements I made are only based upon internet research and some sort of speculative logic. No guarantee about the accuracy.
Only a Chrysler/DeSoto expert could tell for sure.
Also pertinent your exposition questioning the "only '48 but not '46 or '47" proposition since the Customs from these years (early '46 to the first half of '49) are basically pre-war bodies with slight to no differences along the post-war production years. Taking the reverse lights as a distinguishment differential, even if it's an accessory, in my point of view, is acceptable due to its similarity.

Commander 57 US

2012-04-01 14:02

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Oh, an accessory item is perfectly fine for year identification - so long as it was not available in other years.

I have long wished for some way to precisely identify all the '46 to '48 Mopars but have never come across anything.
How about it, Mopar experts?
Is there ANY way to definitively differentiate any of these fine cars by year?

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