Lot 15
1957 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible


Selling on Wednesday

CHASSIS NO: 50417567

• 1 of only 300 Adventurer Convertibles produced for 1957
• Formerly part of the famed Ron Pratte Collection until 2012
• One of the finest 1957 Adventurer Convertibles in existence
• Extremely rare and desirable original color combination
• Benefiting from outstanding restoration and collector care

Addendum: PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle is sold on a Canadian Registration.

345 cid Hemi V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, 345 HP, TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and torsion bars, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126"

Introduced for 1956 as a limited-production two-door hardtop and joined for 1957 through 1959 by a handsome convertible, the Adventurer was DeSoto’s premium high-performance, high-style model line, similar in concept and execution to Chrysler’s 300-series “Letter Cars.” Masterfully restyled for the next model year by Virgil Exner along a longer, lower and wider update of his renowned “Forward Look” design theme, the 1957 Adventurer remains likely the best of the breed and an unqualified collector favorite today. By 1959, a painful economic recession hit DeSoto sales especially hard. Consequently, the distinctive 1957-59 Adventurer line was followed for one last year – 1960, with no more convertibles produced and far less to distinguish the Adventurer from the other DeSoto models available before the marque’s ultimate and regrettable demise in 1961.

Having aged gracefully ever since it was produced new, the 1957 DeSoto Adventurer continues to deliver an unforgettably elegant presence in stark contrast to so many other American cars of the era. Sporting a wide grille, “quad” headlamps, tall tailfins and stacked taillights, plus tasteful two-tone paint, limited bright trim and gold-anodized “turbine” wheel covers, the Adventurer’s unique styling is an unqualified triumph. Inside, the Adventurer’s distinctive and richly appointed interior remains particularly attractive with light gold upholstery accented by white trim bands and tweed seat inserts. This handsome motif carries over to the stylish two-tone door panels. Even the Adventurer’s carpeting included gold metallic threads, beautifully reflecting the model’s obvious top-of-the-line status.

For 1957 only, the Adventurer was one of a mere handful of American cars to produce one horsepower per cubic inch, with its enlarged 345 cubic-inch “Hemi” V-8 engine topped by dual four-barrel carburetors and mated to a standard TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission equipped with pushbutton dash controls. Excellent road manners were delivered by Chrysler’s new-for-1957 “Torsion-Aire” front suspension engineered with heavy duty torsion bars up front and leaf springs at the rear. Considered by many enthusiasts and collectors to be the most desirable of all years for the model, the 1957 Adventurer is quite rare today with only 1,650 hardtops and 300 convertibles produced, including this outstanding example.

Formerly part of the renowned Ron Pratte Collection, this spectacular 1957 DeSoto Adventurer convertible was acquired by another prolific collector in January 2012, who in turn sold it to a close friend during 2016. As offered, it continues to benefit handsomely from an outstanding restoration with an extremely rare and desirable color combination. The overwhelming majority of these cars are black and, while exact production numbers are not known, it is known amongst Adventurer aficionados that the number finished in gold, like this one is in fact very low. Likely one of the finest expressions of Virgil Exner’s tenure as chief stylist at Chrysler Corporation and a tour de force of engineering prowess, this rare and compelling 1957 DeSoto Adventurer convertible is a must-have for collectors of the finest postwar automobiles produced in America.

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle is sold on a Canadian Registration.