by R.M. Clarke
De Soto announced the new Firedome in 1952. The new V8 engine gave good cruising capabilities with comfort. By 1953 a new body was designed in keeping with the period; longer swept-back wings and longer boot. Ghia designed a new Adventurer for 1954.
A convertible was introduced in 1956 with a sportier look and more power. The body was drastically re-designed for 1957, only the engine being retained from 1956. The body was also completely new for 1960 with the switch to unit bodyframe construction. The 383 engine was available for the Adventurer models.
This is a book of contemporary road and comparison tests, model introductions, consumer analysis, technical and specification data and driver's impressions. Models include: FireDome 8, Powermaster 6, Adventurer 1 and 11, FireFlite, Indy Pace Car, Firesweep, Diplomat and Sportsman in sedan, convertible, wagon and coupe configurations.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Limited Edition series deal mostly with makes and models of a highly specialised nature and are generally printed in small quantities. Each book has 92 pages and around 200 illustrations.
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