Movie Stars Hawking Cars On TV Is At Least As Old As The 1957 DeSoto

Fellow UT Austin alum Matthew McConaughey has recently gotten quite a bit of ribbing for his Lincoln commercials, but the twang-toned actor is far from the first movie star to hawk cars on TV. Way back in 1957, actress Jeanne Crain tried to convince middle-class Americans to purchase Chrysler's DeSoto. » 11/01/14 12:00pm 11/01/14 12:00pm

What Car Is Superman Trashing On The Action Comics No. 1 Cover?

Superman's been on minds lately, what with that new movie and the story of a man finding an original Superman-introducing 1938 Action Comics 1 in the walls of his house, and that's got me thinking. You know what else is on the cover of Action Comics 1, other than a very strong man in ankle boots and a bodysuit? A car. » 5/23/13 12:25pm 5/23/13 12:25pm

The DeSoto Adventurer II Should Have Been A Production Car

What do you get when you cross a European style GT coupe with a big American cruiser? You get something like the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II concept, a Ghia-bodied, Hemi-powered monster that never saw production. » 6/28/12 2:30pm 6/28/12 2:30pm

What Is Your Favorite One Year Only Car Design?

Although with each passing year automakers are finding new ways to stretch a maximum amount of life from each automotive redesign, there was once a time when a new model year likely meant a new car—at least for the companies that could afford it. » 5/05/12 5:00pm 5/05/12 5:00pm

Proof used car dealerships were a lot more interesting in 1962

They may have just been used cars back in 1962, but the lineup in front of Lancaster Lincoln Mercury has certainly aged well. Given the opportunity, the chances of us leaving Lancaster Lincoln Mercury without at least the red '58 Desoto and the '57 Plymouth wagon shown here would have been slim to none. » 11/12/11 4:00pm 11/12/11 4:00pm

A belated farewell to the last relic of Detroit's DeSoto

The last tangible evidence of one of Detroit's iconic brands was rapidly disappearing last month as demolition contractors tore down the last of the DeSoto plant, 50 years after Chrysler Corporation discontinued the car line. » 6/06/11 12:00pm 6/06/11 12:00pm

Desoto in Havana

One of the estimated 60,000 old American cars or "Yank Tanks" still on the road in Cuba, this 1955 Desoto appears to have weathered years of regular use fairly well. The trade embargo that limited new American cars being brought to Cuba makes it nearly impossible to get parts for old ones. Often soviet parts are fit… » 4/17/11 12:30pm 4/17/11 12:30pm

1959 Desoto is "the smartest way to go places"

When it came time to introduce their redesigned for 1959 model, Desoto called upon movie star Rock Hudson to give a convincing "off screen" endorsement. Between the styling, swivel seats and "back lot" off road testing in this vintage commercial, we think the 1959 Desoto might have been okay selling itself. » 3/19/11 2:00pm 3/19/11 2:00pm

Return To America's Most Scenic Junkyard

For the past few years, photographer Troy Paiva has shot the Pearsonville junkyard in the Mojave Desert at night, using long exposures, flashlights and colored spotlights to "reanimate" piles of old American iron. » 10/01/10 12:00pm 10/01/10 12:00pm

Ladies Don't Need No Plastic Engine Covers Neither

Our Mr. Smith has already explained the evil of plastic engine covers. As you can see, they’re an insult not only to the petrolhead and the common man but to the slightly uncommon woman as well. » 1/04/10 4:00pm 1/04/10 4:00pm

Engine Of The Day: Chrysler Flathead Six

How long does an engine family need to survive in front-line use to become a legend? 42 years, like the Toyota R? 47, as with the small-block Chevy? Today's engine may have them both beat! » 9/05/09 11:00am 9/05/09 11:00am

Celebrating 450 Old Vehicles Down On The Alameda Street: Chrysler…

After the '73 Challenger and '51 Dodge we saw this weekend, now seems like the right time to honor the Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth vehicles I've photographed down on the Alameda street. » 8/02/09 6:30pm 8/02/09 6:30pm

1947 DeSoto Custom Suburban Makes Minivans Seem Really Crappy

Minivans practically euthanize style as a matter of course, but it needn't be so. Check out this nine passenger 1947 DeSoto Custom Suburban, it's more stylish than a dozen modern Bentleys and cooler to boot. » 6/09/09 2:30pm 6/09/09 2:30pm

Engine Of The Day: Chrysler B V8

Our last Chrysler EOTD was built for aircraft use, so today we'll be honoring one of Chrysler's earthbound engine families: the big-block B series, which came in displacements of 350, 361, 383, and 400 cubes. » 6/06/09 11:00am 6/06/09 11:00am

Get Your Bearings, Courtesy Of Chrysler's Spherically-Craniumed Tech!

When I was writing shop manuals for transit buses, the only fun illustrations I commissioned were nixed by my boss. That didn't happen with these Chrysler Master Technician pamphlets of the 1940s and 1950s! » 3/28/09 10:00am 3/28/09 10:00am

Even More Old Cars Down On The Cuban Street

It turns out that many Jalopnik readers have been to Cuba, and now we're adding another set of Cuban car photos to the ones shot by AcaciaBogdan and Fantasygoat. » 1/27/09 3:00pm 1/27/09 3:00pm

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday: 1959 DeSoto Fireflite

We all miss the inimitable POLAЯ, but at least we've got some DOTSBE photos that he shot on the streets of his native Toronto before running off to become Maximum Warlord of the Trilateral Commission. First up is this remarkably unrusty '59 DeSoto; make the jump to see the entire gallery and read some classic POLAЯisms


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Your Plymouth Pursued By Repo Men In A DeSoto? Hide By The…

All the film geeks say that Sunset Boulevard is one of the best movies ever made, and they're right. You hear a lot of talk about Norma Desmond's Isotta-Fraschini, but what about the repo-ripe '46 Plymouth driven by Joe Gillis in the beginning of the film (not to mention the '48 DeSoto belonging to the repo men)? We… » 6/17/08 4:20pm 6/17/08 4:20pm

PCH, Off-Brand Station Wagon Edition: Firedome or Provincial?

Some grumbling about the non-wagon nature of yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll (which was won, unsurprisingly, by the '38 Traction-Avant) was heard around these parts, but I usually write PCH posts the night before... and the Maximum Wagon Day thing just sort of happened without warning. So, even though we've seen » 2/21/08 5:03pm 2/21/08 5:03pm

Project Car Hell: '50 DeSoto or '55 Packard?

Since I'm already scouring Craigslist every day for my next project (having come dangerously close to taking a shot at the 20R Austin-Healey) and running across all sorts of potential Choose Your Eternity project cars, we might as well keep the series going for another day (looks like the Biscayne hearse edged out the… » 7/24/07 5:45pm 7/24/07 5:45pm