Volume III, Issue 1, Page 20

We’re at it again with a look at another bunch of rusty Mopar relics we found languishing a few years back in a now-defunct Massachusetts wrecking yard. In fact, the cruel truth is that all of the cars shown here have been crushed and sent away to scrap metal heaven – or China – as the case may be. But let’s not allow that to keep us from grooving on this amazing assortment of vintage Mopars.

1938 DeSoto 4-Door

Not to be confused with the futuristic but poor selling 1934-1936 DeSoto Airstream, this 1938 DeSoto S-5 still wears its vintage Massachusetts license plate, which reads X53935. Styled by Chrysler design staff honcho Ray Dietrich, these more conventional appearing cars were marketed as Airstreams and sold in much greater numbers. 1938 marked the tenth anniversary of the DeSoto brand.

Power comes from this 228.1 cubic-inch flathead six. Heavily redesigned the previous year (1937) with bigger 1.66 / 1.53 valves and a compression bump from 6.2 to 6.5:1, its 93 horsepower equaled the output of the 1936 241-cube six. This engine family grew to 250.6 cubes by its retirement from passenger car applications following the 1954 model year. For 1955 and beyond, all DeSotos had standard V8 power. Dodge trucks used variants of this engine from 1937 all the way through 1967.

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