FireDome V-Eight: 1954 Desoto Firedome
It seems that Chrysler has been advertising the hemispherical combustion chamber aspect of their V8s since the time when the mortar was still drying the great pyramids of Giza. Does it have a Hemi? Probably, because hundreds of engine designs over the years have used a hemisphere shaped upper combustion chamber (technically half of a spheric section), but today’s FIREDOME V-Eight certainly has a HEMI and Chrysler was proud to plaster huge FIRE DOME lettering on the side of the valve covers. Subtlety is not in the dodgetionary. Find this 1954 Desoto Firedome offered for $12,500 near Youngstown, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller:
1950 desoto firedome
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: blue
title status: clean
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I am offering my neighbor’s 1954 Desoto Firedome Pride and Joy for sale. The original Hemi V8 was painstakingly rebuilt by him and many service records are in hand. It has only 26,170 original miles and I believe the paint, showing nice patina, is all original. I drove it myself a couple of times and it truly runs and drives Excellent. The family would like to see it go to a good home. Please contact me for more information.
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That dashboard and steering wheel are worth half the price right there. It’s lovely.
Mid-century design, when steering wheels had personality.
Back when I spent 2-3 months a year in the US I kept a Jetta TDI to visit everyone and drove about 3,000 miles a month. I rarely go there now but still see cars like this or a 1954 Lincoln Coupe, and think with their relatively light weight of 3500-4000lbs, a modern engine/trans/disc brake swap could be a good Interstate cruiser with style. Keeping the original drivetrain for posterity of course.
Nice car at a fair price. Though not sure why the Hemi needed a rebuild at 24,000 miles.