When one talks of hot rods, any number of old cars and brands come to mind. Obviously old Fords, Chevys, and Dodgesare the most popular types of rods. But there are so many other old American cars than that, from Willys to Packard and so many more, that it’s a wonder that more people don’t think outside the box and opt for a hot rod that’s a bit more…unique.
So when we came across this DeSoto hot rod packing a supercharged small-block Chevy engine on Hooniverse, we felt compelled to share it with you, our readers.
Founded in 1928, DeSoto was a division of Chrysler that was designed as a “middle ground” between low-cost Plymouth and high-class Chrysler. Unfortunately, Chrysler also brought in Dodge, leaving Chrysler with two mid-cost brands that eventually favored Dodge over DeSoto. But before the second World War, DeSoto cars were plenty popular.
This ‘32 two-door sedan has survived 80 years, only to end up as a rat rod on eBay. Powered by a supercharged 355 Chevy engine backed by an automatic transmission, this old DeSoto has some modern oomph pushing it along. Along with the suicide doors, open top, and fenderless front, and an upgraded suspension, this old DeSoto has all the trappings of a 21st century hot rod. And it’d certainly stand out from all the other hot rods that sport a blue oval or a bowtie, that’s for sure.
Alas, the eBay auction for this unique rod did not meet its reserve, leaving this DeSoto to be sold another day.