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Published on Jun 19, 2009
In 1952, the FireDome became DeSoto's answer to the demise of the large family cars powered by inline six cylinder engines. Under the hood of the six-passenger, four-door sedan was a powerful Hemi-Head V-eight engine producing 160 horsepower capable of propelling the FireDome to a top speed of around 100 mph. The 3700 pound vehicle could race from zero-to-sixty in 15.5 seconds, about five seconds faster than its nearest competitor.
In 1953 the entire DeSoto model lineup was restyled, adorned in chrome and given luxurious amenities and a cozy interior, all for a base price of $2740. During the 1953 model year, around 64,211 examples were produced.
The FireDome was large and luxurious. The ride was smooth and the list of available options appeared to be endless. By 1958 the horsepower had increased to over 300 with the optional of the 361 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine. Zero-to-sixty now took just under eight seconds with a top speed of 115 mph.