The 1957 DeSoto Adventurer. It’s DElightful! It’s DElovely! It’s DeSOTO!
The 1957 DeSoto Adventurer wowed critics with its spectacular styling and power. It has a 345 c.i.d. Hemi with 2 4-barrels, dual exhaust, full race cam, dual-point distributor, and 150 mph speedometer, all STOCK!
The Adventurer continued a color theme used across the board for Chryco’s “specialty” models, which included the 300, Fury, and Adventurer. Left in the lurch was the Dodge D500, which could hang with the best of them on any race track but never got its own stall in the barn. The 1957 Adventurer, like its 1956 predecessor, was available in two color combinations; Surf White with Adventurer Gold inserts or Black with Adventurer Gold inserts. It appears that you could reverse this, however, as there is a factory photo in the gallery of a convertible that appears to be gold with white inserts, and there is also a coupe in the gallery with the same combination.
The big news was under the hood, though, with the 345 CID Hemi producing 345 horsepower at 5200 rpm, the first production car to offer one horsepower per cubic inch in a standard powerplant. This V-8 was definitely a high output engine, but unfortunately, the car weighed in at 4040 lbs. for the coupe and 4235 for the convertible, so performance was a bit pokier than one would expect. Then again, not too many Adventurer owners were concerned with quarter-mile times. Fast or not, all it had to do was sit there and look like it did and the deal was done. This would be the last year for the expensive to produce Hemi, however, with the 361 wedge taking over under the hood in 1958. If you can find any 1957 DeSoto Adventurer, grab it up. Most of the ones left were western cars, and are well worth the old “rotisserie” type of restoration. You can’t lose money with these, I guarantee. The looks alone will sell the car for you. When somebody hears that Hemi rumbling and sees those space ship tail lamps and exhaust vapor trails, you’ve got a winner.
Some things just never go out of style.