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1953 De Soto Diplomat Custom [SP-24]

1953 De Soto Diplomat [SP-24] in La chasse l'homme, Movie, 1964 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US — Made for: EU

1953 De Soto Diplomat Custom [SP-24]

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sixcyl FR

2007-03-07 19:17

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wrenchhead US

2007-03-07 19:41

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Looks a little like a 1950/1951 DeSoto?

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Ddey65 US

2007-03-07 19:46

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wrenchhead wrote Looks a little like a 1950/1951 DeSoto?

Maybe. It's clearly a DeSoto judging by the lettering across the grille.

wrenchhead US

2007-03-07 19:49

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I thought so but the grill is different from any that I can find.

yvon52 BE

2007-03-07 21:54

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DeSoto export edition based on th Plymouth

wrenchhead US

2007-03-07 22:31

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That would explain why the body looks like a plymouth and the grill looks like DeSoto ;)

Richard of C CA

2007-03-07 23:39

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Its a 53 DeSoto Diplomat built by Chrysler as an export model. It used the Plymouth body with DeSoto style grill teeth and trim.

car nerd US

2007-03-08 00:21

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Saying it's an "export edition" is redundant. All DeSoto Diplomats were made for export. ;)

wrenchhead US

2007-03-08 00:44

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True, but no harm done I think. Good info for folks (like me) who don't know the car. :)

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pilou BE

2007-03-08 14:58

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Yes it is a DeSoto Diplomat Custom of 1953 ( series SP-24).They were similar to the Plymouth but curiously still used the former lower compression ( 7,0 :1) Plymouth engine of 97 hp f 1949-52 instead of Plymouths 7,1:1 100 hp engine of 1953.

car nerd US

2007-03-08 17:50

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That's a very interesting point, pilou. I recall reading that they used lower compression engines due to the generally poorer quality of fuel in some of the countries the Diplomats were exported to.

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