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Published on May 28, 2015
This 1948 DeSoto Suburban is for sale in our Louisville Showroom. The name Suburban has been used by at least eight different American auto companies. Immediately following WWII, both Nash and DeSoto offered models simultaneously using the name Suburban. While the name could cause some confusion, it was easy to tell the difference between a Nash and a DeSoto. The DeSoto was unique among all cars for the time. The attempt to offer a station wagon, when the industry wasn’t sure which direction they were going was a bold one. The DeSoto was dual purposed in that it could haul several passengers or cargo. The DeSoto Suburban used an all steel limousine body with a 139 ½ inch wheel base. From the exterior, the only thing that set it apart from a normal limo, was a full length roof rack with wood and chrome rub strips. The Suburban could seat up to nine adults comfortably. The rugged interior also readily lent itself for cargo hauling. With interior panels made of Arborite material, with a wood grained pattern, and heavy duty plastic seat upholstery, the interior was relatively scratch resistant. The rear 3rd seat can be folded down to be floor level with the rest of the trunk. This may be the 1st time a fold down seat was offered. For additional cargo room the 2nd bench seat can be moved all the up and positioned against the back of the front seats. The brochure for the Suburban states there has never been a car with the flexibility of the Suburban. This 1948 DeSoto Suburban includes; Heavy Duty Plastic Seat Upholstery, Nine passenger seating capacity, Fluid Drive Tip-Toe transmission, Heat/Defroster, Fog Lights, Steel Wheels with Hub Caps wrapped in 7x15 inch Bias Ply tires. This 1948 DeSoto Suburban can be seen, including an HD video, at www.gatewayclassiccars.com or call at 812-294-1555 for more information.