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Information on 1940 DeSoto vehicles
As an entirely revamped car, the 1940 DeSoto was continually improving during the time it was manufactured. The Desoto Motor Corporation, a division of the Chrysler Corporation, manufactured this vehicle. The company was located in Detroit, Michigan, which is a city that went on to become famous for manufacturing various brands of vehicles.
Two different models the Deluxe and Custom were manufactured in 1940 for the DeSoto. The Deluxe was considered the basic model of this vehicle. It still was offered in an assortment of sizes and body types even though it was thought of as the basic model. There was the Touring Sedan with 2 or 4 doors, the business coupe for three passengers and another coupe for five passengers with an auxiliary seat. There was a 7 passenger California Taxi and sedan on a 139" wheelbase. It was a plainer version of the Custom since it was an entry-level model. The interior was not as luxurious, there were fewer trim details and interior accessories, and fewer colors were available from which to choose. However, there was the option of a 6 an 8 tube radio available at additional cost.
The flashier 1940 Custom came with additional options. Along with the Deluxe's body styles, it also was made in a convertible model. This model's top could be lowered or raised using a power switch, which made it easy, as you never had to get out of the vehicle to perform either action. It also had a great deal of chrome on it. Chrome was on the rear and front lights, around the windshield and around all the windows. A wider variety of colors was available including a two-tone choice. The Deluxe and Custom both Chrome bars on their split grilles.