1950 DeSoto Custom ---- 5,800 Original Miles ----- Time Capsule!
- Location: Sonoma, California, United States
- Make: DeSoto
- Model: Custom
- Type: Sedan
- Year: 1950
- Mileage: 5,861
- VIN: 50118607
- Color: Black
- Engine size: I6
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Gray
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1950 DeSoto Custom description
1950 Desoto Custom 5,800 Original Miles ......please be patient while the many photos load.....
Another amazing time capsule has found it's way to Left Coast Classics! This well preserved, well maintained 1950 Desoto Custom has only 5,800 original actual miles! Having been driven under 100 miles per year on average, this one truly takes you back in time with so much originality. As you might imagine, its back-story is an interesting one.
Miss Minnie Hanna, born in 1880, purchased this 1950 Desoto Custom brand new with the proceeds from a highly-contested, quite large inheritance she received in 1914 from Mrs. Ellen C. Colby, an iconic Humboldt, Iowa figure of yesteryear. Minnie was her faithful house maid and Mrs. Colby made sure that her appreciation of Minnie was known by the $150,000 inheritance, over $3.5 million today adjusted for inflation!
Over the 17 years that Minnie owned this Desoto, she only drove it an average of 170 miles per year. She must have had other means of transportation and this special car was clearly kept indoors when not in use. In 1967 Minnie passed away and her car was advertised at an estate sale by auctioneers Anderson and Kleve on behalf of First National Bank. The car was advertised as having just 2,938 miles. (Photo of the flyer below).
The hammer came down and the winners were a local farming couple, Howard and Ethel Hellickson who must have appreciated the significance of not only the incredibly low miles on this special Desoto but the small-town story and controversy behind it all with Miss Minnie Hanna. Mr. Hellickson passed away just seven years later in 1974. His widow, Ethel, kept it stored away eventually selling it to a collector in Southern California in 1987 where it was stored inside a climate-controlled warehouse and remained until later being sold to it's most current owner here in the Sonoma Wine Country in September of 1996 with only 3,175 miles on it. Since 1996 it has traveled only 2,686 miles. It now has 5,861 actual miles on it.
When you open the door you are overwhelmed by the newness of its original interior. The scent of mohair and original wool carpeting and seat fabric is intoxicating, unlike any new replacement interior could omit. The trim, chrome, lenses, bezels, knobs are all amazingly well preserved. All of the options and accessories are in working order. The car was originally purchased with radio-delete. A factory radio was sourced and is included with the car along with an antenna and original speaker. The trunk is well preserved as well, still sporting it's original spare, jack, chock and ornate trunk mat from the factory.
The body and paint are also very well preserved with a bit of expected patina. The chrome, trim, glass and lenses are original along with the original lacquer paint which has had some touch-up here and there over the years but has remained largely untouched. The front, left fender was repainted at some point though I don't see any damage and am assuming it was likely due to scratches and scrapes.
Under the hood it is equally well-preserved, still sporting the original gray paint on the block with super clean firewall still showing grease pencil and "OK" stamps right from the factory. The car starts; runs and drives beautifully with no issues. The undercarriage is amazingly tidy and looks nearly new.
This treasured preservation car is a very special one indeed and begs for its next owner to carry on with its preservation to assure it's continuing survival. Contact Donn Dabney of Left Coast Classics at 844-533-8262.
Asking price listed on our site. This listing will end the moment a reasonable offer is made. Available only at Left Coast Classics! Direct your inquiries to Donn 844-LEFTCOA (844-533-8262) .....because life's too short to drive the wrong car....
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