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Saturday, October 10, 2020

DeSoto Adventurer II, one of American-Italian masterpieces of the 1950s

Generally, the beauty of the four-wheeled vehicle design will be seen before entering the mass production line and is still a concept. Yes, at the concept stage, usually the car manufacturer gives everything as an effort to studi and find out the extent to which its customers will be interested in the vehicle that is being built.
DeSoto Adventurer II Coupe Concept by Ghia and launched in the 1954. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30NylIM)
For this reason, usually car manufacturers will collaborate with coachbuilder companies in the manufacture and development of a four-wheeled vehicle model so that later it can attract the attention of automotive enthusiasts and then take the benefits to then be applied to the production car later.
1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Coupe Concept built based on the DeSoto Imperial Series S19 chassis. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30NylIM)
We can see this in a concept vehicle called DeSoto Adventurer II, which is able to look stunning in its elegant red color until today. The concept car was launched in 1954 which is one of the masterpieces ever made by Ghia in collaboration with Chrysler, one of the American automotive giants back in the 1950s.
DeSoto Adventurer II Coupe Concept by Ghia and launched in the 1954. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30NylIM)
Actually, the car concept design is based on the Ghia-owned Supersonic design concept created by one of its automotive designer named Giovanni Savonuzzi, which was later refined by Virgil Exner to accommodate its chassis length and provide more dramatic design touches.
1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Coupe Concept uses a Chrysler Firepower Hemi V8 engine with displacing of 276 cu.in. to spew power of 170 hp. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30NylIM)
As quoted from Supercars.net, the car is built on the DeSoto Imperial Series S19 chassis. Meanwhile, as its drivetrain, this concept car uses a Chrysler Firepower Hemi V8 engine with displacing of 276 cu.in. to spew power of 170 horses. This car has unique features such as a sliding sunroof that hides in the trunk area, so that it can give a convertible sensation without all the hassle, as is often the case with cloth-top.
DeSoto Adventurer II Coupe Concept by Ghia has unique features such as a sliding sunroof that hides in the trunk area. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30NylIM)
Until now, this concept car is still considered as one of the top 10 concept cars of all time. This is not surprising, because when it was displayed at an exhibition event in 1954, King Mohammed V of Morocco was very impressed in its beauty and immediately bought it. Since then this concept car has become one of his impressive collection cars. This concept car was used by the King of Morocco as far as 15,000 miles (as shown on the odometer).

After that this concept car underwent many ownership changes and appeared several times in many exhibition events, such as the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance when it was still part of the Blackhawk Collection. Then, it reappeared on the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the Ghia Styling class under private ownership. And finally in 2012 this concept car was ever offered and sold for over $1.4 million at an auction held by Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | SILODROME | SUPERCARS.NET]
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