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DeSoto Pacesetter (1956)


DeSoto Pacesetter (1956)

Representing clean, stylish and classic-styled cars, DeSoto's were among the top models available on the market during the mid-1950s. They were almost amongst the most powerful cars available in the world, thanks to their version of Chrysler Hemi engine under the hood. Despite looking like a luxurious but sedate convertible, the Pacesetter nonetheless lived up to its name by being very rapid. In fact, one paced the Indy 500 in 1956, and all production cars paid homage to the race by having chequered flag badges on the rear fenders. While underneath it used the standard double wishbone front and leaf spring rear, it was inside where the Pacesetter was radically different, thanks to a split dash with twin pods and multiple gauges. It proved very quick against the competition, having a whole 100bhp (74kW) more than the V8 1957 Chevy, as an example.

DeSoto Pacesetter (1956) Specifications

Top speed:115 mph (184 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:341 ci (5,587 cc)
Transmission:2-speed auto
Max power:320 bhp (239 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:365 lb ft (495 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:3,870 lb (1,759 kg)
Economy:14mpg (4.95 km/I)
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