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Lot 140: DeSoto Adventurer Replica Convertible with Duofoil Boat and Trailer

Automobiles of Amelia Island, RM Auctions (12 March 2011)

345 bhp, 345 cu. in. Hemi V-8 engine with dual carburetors, GM 700R4 four-speed overdrive automatic transmission, four-wheel air suspension, and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

- Great performance with original Hemi V-8 and GM overdrive automatic - Matching trailer and modified original Duofoil Flying Fish boat

With the division's top Hemi V-8 engine under the hood, DeSoto's 1957 Adventurer was an early high-style, high-content American muscle car offering one horsepower per cubic inch, similar in concept to its Chrysler 300 stable-mates. This Adventurer replica offers the look and performance of an original at a fraction of the cost.

Combining Virgil Exner styling with subtle improvements for drivability, this 1957 DeSoto benefits from a nut-and-bolt restoration and modification process that began with an original Arizona car  an original Firedome chassis that has been expertly modified to replicate the Adventurer's design features. The interior features correct Adventurer-specification upholstery, added wood-grain dash, door-panel appliqu�s and air conditioning.

Mechanical features include a painstaking conversion to a street rod-style front and rear air-suspension system. The original 345-cubic inch Hemi V-8 provides power with aftermarket dual-quad induction and modern 12-volt electrics, plus many painted and polished accessories. A GM 700R4 four-speed overdrive automatic transmission offers relaxed cruising, while a modern, dual-circuit master cylinder with vacuum-assist enhances braking.

The car's matching black and gold trailer carries a wonderfully restored fiberglass-hulled Duofoil Flying Fish boat from the late 1950s, mildly modified to match the DeSoto with a black and gold finish, tailfins and Adventurer upholstery. The boat was located by the restorer in Minnesota and is complete with a Mercury outboard engine that has seen only fresh-water use and reportedly runs very well.

Lot Details
Auction Automobiles of Amelia Island
RM Auctions, Amelia Island, Florida
TypeCar
Lot Number140
Estimate$100000-$140000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$110000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1957
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number55354910
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors