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DeSoto 3-Window Coupe

1932

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  • Year

    1932

  • Make

    DeSoto

  • Model

    3-Window Coupe

  • Engine Capacity

    3.6L

  • Engine Configuration

    Inline 6

  • Exterior

    Green/Black

  • Interior/Trim

    Green

  • RHD/LHD

    LHD

  • Transmission

    5-Speed Manual

  • Chassis no.

    5047170

  • Registration

    OXS 347

OVERVIEW

  • A full historic rally build courtesy of Owen Turner – Complete Rally Services, completed in 2023.
  • With a build cost totally >£145,000, this is not a restoration – this is a completely re-engineered historic rally car designed to endure the toughest long-distance events in the world.
  • An absolute no-brainer for any serious historic rally enthusiasts with their sights on the Peking to Paris, this is essentially a brand new vehicle with only a light shakedown and run-in miles under its belt.

THE BRIEF

  • This DeSoto was designed and engineered to give quiet, comfortable running over long periods of prolonged rugged terrain.
  • A robust and strong construction was paramount, as was simple and user friendly maintenance.

THE BUILD

  • The original donor car was completely stripped, dismantled and sent for blasting back to bare metal.
  • All parts and components were catalogued and either retained or replaced as necessary.
  • The suspension was completely overhauled front and back, with strengthening introduced where needed.
  • The original engine was upgraded with a larger 3.6L unit from a 1954 Dodge, which was then bored out even further to receive new oversized pistons, and reassembled to the following specification:
    • Mild camshaft to give maximum torque and driveability
    • All new gaskets, pumps, valves etc
    • Machined flywheel and uprated clutch to suit Tremec gearbox
    • Reconditioned points distributor
    • Upgraded modern alternator including bespoke bracket
    • Bespoke transmission bell-housing and adaptor plate, including speed sensor, reverse switch and slave cylinder.
  • Once the engine was fully reassembled, it was tuned and run of a dyno.
  • A bespoke axle was commissioned to endurance specification (no LSD, drum brakes, cables etc)
  • Bespoke fabricated supplementary fuel tank installed in the boot.
  • Safety roll cage bolted in to chassis.
  • Upgraded large core radiator.
  • New brake lines, fuel lines, fuel pump.
  • Custom wiring loom to include navigation accessories, additional lighting, relays fuel pumps, USB points etc
  • Battery cut off switch
  • Comfortable and supportive leather trimmed seats with TRS harnesses.
  • Custom mild steel exhaust
  • Re-trimmed carpet, headlining and door trims
  • The car is also accompanied by an extensive long-distance Spares Package:
    • Electronic distributor – set up on dyno and marked
    • Clutch plate, bearing and slave cylinder
    • Water pump
    • Gasket set
    • Alternator Belt
    • Coil
    • Points
    • Condenser
    • Cap
    • Rotor
    • Leads
    • Core plugs

WHAT WE THINK

If you include the cost of the donor car, this vehicle owes in the region of £200,000. It has been engineered and prepared to the highest quality, and is now available for purchase in ‘as new’ condition for a fraction of that cost – opportunities like this don’t come around every day!

As always, we urge any interested buyers to give us a call and book in an appointment here in Bicester Heritage.

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