Quiz: How Much Do You Know about Chrysler DeSoto?
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How Much Do You Know about Chrysler DeSoto?
By: Torrance Grey
Image: RK Motors Charlotte

About This Quiz

It was one of the success stories of the mid-20th century. American families drove it. Hollywood stars and game-show hosts shilled for it ( though only in the most innocent, '40s and '50s way). Boardroom struggles and an economic recession doomed it. It's the Chrysler DeSoto.

Why was the DeSoto so popular? First of all, it was a mid-priced car, perfect for the US's growing middle class. DeSoto was born as a competitor to the Dodge Brothers' reasonably priced cars. Interestingly enough, Chrysler was able to buy out Dodge not long after the DeSoto line began -- yet this didn't render DeSoto redundant. Indeed, the line was to motor on (excuse the pun) for another three decades. Another thing DeSoto owners loved about the car was its comfort. This brand prided itself on both roominess and and smoothness of its ride. The latter was a result of an industry-changing engine placement, right between the front wheels, which let passengers ride in comfort over the wheelbase. 

But sometimes DeSoto tried too hard to innovate, rolling out one of the very first aerodynamic cars in the 1930s. Car buyers, used to straight-edged cars modeled on horse-drawn carts, couldn't quite get with the new program. (They'd be shocked to see today's Camaros and Corvettes). Then, in the 1950s, DeSoto was caught up in the "horsepower wars," rolling out cars with Hemi V8 engines -- and the two-tone paint jobs and whitewall tires the '50s are classically known for. Finally, as financial troubles overtook Chrysler, the DeSoto had its swan song. 

We're remembering the DeSoto with a 35-question quiz you're bound to learn a thing or two from. Slide behind the wheel now!

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The DeSoto was named for which of these?
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What decade was the DeSoto introduced?
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What decade was the DeSoto discontinued?
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True or false: DeSoto was an independent brand which Chrysler took over.
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What was the first DeSoto model called?
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How much horsepower did the first DeSoto car have?
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Who was running Chrysler when the DeSoto was launched?
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Which of these carmakers was NOT an early rival of the DeSoto?
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About how many DeSotos were sold in the first model year?
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What innovation was 1934's Airflow known for?
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True or false: American car buyers were enthusiastic about the Airflow.
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What was the Airflow's grille compared to?
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Which DeSoto model followed the Airflow?
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What feature did the 1942 DeSoto introduce to the world?
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Which game show host plugged the DeSoto on his show?
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Which year was the "Firedome" introduced?
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The Firedome broke with the previous two decade's DeSotos by offering a/an ______.
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What design element did the 1955 Fireflite have?
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What year was the Adventurer introduced?
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As a publicity stunt, Chrysler had Harry Hartz drive a DeSoto across the country _______.
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Which Hollywood star was featured in DeSoto ads of 1939?
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According to an ad, "__ out of 10 want a DeSoto again!"
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In what year did DeSoto have its highest production numbers?
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Which designer was responsible for the look of the late-50s DeSotos, including the Adventurer and Fireflite?
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True or false: The tail fins on DeSotos (and similar cars) actually served a mechanical purpose.
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In 1959, two-tone DeSotos were available in ___ color combinations.
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Which of these styles did the DeSoto never offer?
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Which brand replaced the DeSoto in the Chrysler lineup?
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Which of these states has a town named "DeSoto"?
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