Although Chrysler built seven experimental Town and Country hardtops for 1946, mass-produced pillarless Mopars didn't begin until the 1950 model year. DeSoto's version was the 1950 DeSoto Custom Sportsman, upholstered to convertible standards and built with all the integrity that distinguished Chrysler products of this period.

1950 DeSoto Custom Sportsman
1950 DeSoto Customs Sportsman hardtop coupe.
See more pictures of DeSoto cars.


Of the several interesting DeSotos from the 1950-1951 styling generation, the Sportsman hardtop is the most important historically.


Pluses of the 1950 DeSoto Custom Sportsman:
  • Pioneer DeSoto hardtop
  • Robust construction
  • Not prone to rust
Minuses of the 1950 DeSoto Custom Sportsman:
  • Lackluster six-cylinder performance
  • Underwhelming looks
Production of the 1950 DeSoto Custom Sportsman:
4,600


Specifications of the 1950 DeSoto Custom Sportsman:
Wheelbase, inches: 125.5
Length, inches
: 207.0
Weight, pounds
: 3,735
Price, new
: $2,489 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1950 DeSoto Custom Sportsman:

Type Size
Horsepower
Years
sv I-6
236.6 cc
112
1950

Want more information about classic cars? See: