Muscle Car of the Week: 1956 DeSoto Fireflite

The 1956 DeSoto Fireflite isn’t as beefy as some of the muscled-up rides we profile on this site. However, it had a great body design, a HEMI engine came standard and it was an Indy 500 pace car. Take a look at the picture. How could we deny a car with the tagline, “The car designed for the super-highway age.”

Wider and longer than its predecesors the ’56 Fireflite came with a fang shaped panels, wrap-around window design and a PowerFlite automatic transmission.

Under the hood the ’56 had a V8 HEMI that cranked out 255 horsepower during chassis dyno testing. It had a top speed of 110mph and a 0-60 time of eleven seconds.

This model sold very well for DeSoto (115,000 produced). However, production halted just a few years later.

The 1956 DeSoto Fireflight could make for a great restoration project. Its got muscle, but more importantly its got style. This is a car you cruise with your elbow jutting out the window giving everyone you pass a glimpse at 50’s cool.

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