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The DeSoto brand, established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1928, encapsulates a fascinating chapter of American automotive history. Named after the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, the brand was launched as a mid-priced option to bridge the gap in Chrysler’s lineup between the lower-priced Plymouth and the more luxurious Chrysler models. The brand quickly made its mark with the introduction of the 1929 DeSoto K-Series Six, a car that boasted innovative features and a competitive price, leading to over 80,000 units sold in its inaugural year—a record for a new marque at the time.

Despite such a promising start, DeSoto’s journey through the 20th century was a rollercoaster of highs and lows. The brand was known for its style, engineering innovations, and a flair for bold designs, including the introduction of the first mass-produced American car with pop-up headlights in the 1942 DeSoto. However, changes in market demands and corporate restructuring eventually led to a decline in its popularity. The last DeSoto rolled off the assembly line in November 1960, marking the end of an era. Today, DeSoto cars are celebrated by collectors and enthusiasts who cherish the legacy of innovation and distinctiveness that DeSoto brought to the American automotive scene.

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