My Desoto UTE at the 2003 national Desoto club convention in Detroit
My 56 Plymouth UTE at the 2003 WPC meet in the twin cities
Desoto ute sales brochure 1
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That was then
I have sold my pair of 1957 Adventurers! it was a hard decision to make but in the end I feel it was the best thing for me. Adventurer's are wonderful cars but very expensive to restore. after many years of collecting NOS parts I was looking at around 10 more years of work (would have needed to do the work myself) and probably $20-$30K more invested to get the convertible finished. the Coupe went to a new home in Texas and the Convertible has itís new home in Italy where it is receiving the restoration it deserves. The parts have been sold to collectors around the world except for those that fit my new cars. if you would like to read more about 1957 Desoto Adventurers I have kept my old webpage about them Click here
This is now
A Desoto and a Plymouth from down under
What is a coupe Utility?
what are some of the differences?
The right hand Drive is the most obvious and it does take some getting used to! when I take the Plymouth to a show that is one of the first things that people notice that makes them think that maybe it is not something I made.
12 volt positive ground electrical system, all Lucas equipment (American production used Autolite) the headlights are not sealed beam but are prefoucus bulbs with a lens and reflector. the bulbs will have to be changed as the are right shift bulbs when the highbeams are engaged the light shifts up and to the right instead of up and left like we are used to in the states.
The dash guages although they look just like American manufactured Plymouths they were made by a British manufacturer "Smiths" except the Amp guage that was made by Lucas the speedometer registered in Miles per hour not Kilometers.
the tires were 16 inch for extra ground clearance on the UTEs since they were intended to be used off road. the Plymouth still has it's original set of 6.00 X 16 6-ply Olympic tires that were made in Australia. American made Chrysler corporation cars had not used 16 inch tires since 1947. the hubcaps are also Australian specific and attached like the later 50s style American models not with clips but with three point snap on over the rim.
the wheel brakes are standard American production Lockhead units on the wheels but under the hood is a different story. American production cars used a master cylinder mounted under the floor but the Australian cars used a pendent mounted unit with with a 1" Girling Master cylinder with remote reserviour.
the clutch on American models was operated via a pedal that goes through the floor then a linkage crossed over the top of the transmission to actuate the clutch lever on the passenger side. You might think since the clutch lever was on the driver side of the Australian models that they would have just put the pedal through the floor and actuate the clutch directly, but they did not! the clucth is also Hydraulically actuated with a 3/4" Girling Master cylinder feed by the same reserviour as the brake master cylinder.
the trim gets really confusing on the Desoto the taillights, park lights, rear Quarter trim (4 door), the front fender trim are all pure 54 American Plymouth. Except the front of the front fender chrome was finished with a small piece that came to a point instead of coming around the corner to meet the grille like on the Plymouth. the grille is an Australian production unit that looks like some of the early 50s Desoto units that are so loved by customizers.
how many were made?
Diplomat Custom SP25A-2 serial #275 (standard transmission)
Diplomat Regent SP25A-3 serial #84 (Automatic overdrive)
Diplomat Plaza SP25A-4 serial #28 (Powerflite automatic)
total for Desoto 387
Kingsway Custom D49A-2 serial #501 (standard transmission)
Kingsway Crusader D49A-3 serial #122 (Automatic overdrive)
Kingsway Coronet D49A-4 serial #29 (Powerflite automatic)
total for Dodge 652
Cranbrook P25A-2 serial #505 (standard transmission)
Savoy P25A-3 serial #122 (Automatic overdrive)
Belvedere P25A-4 serial #49 (Powerflite automatic)
total for Plymouth 676
how many are left?
"I'm afraid the utes are not as well appreciated here in Australia as perhaps they should be - most lived hard lives as work horses and often rusted out in the rear tray. Thousands of them have ended up in the crushers, or rusting away in the bush.
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