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|The top picture is a 1951 Dodge Coronet Diplomat I found for sale online. No relationship to the contemporary Diplomat other than the name. Below are 1952 and 1953 advertisements for the Dodge Coronet Diplomat. The Diplomat version of the Coronet referred to the Coupe, while the Coronet Sierra name was given the Wagon. The last photo in this group is a Coronet Diplomat postcard from around 1952.|
|This 1961 Dodge DeSoto Diplomat is a rare
find. This is one of two ever imported into Finland.
Rumor is that this car was originally owned by a former Finnish President for his hunting trips, before being owned by a Finnish singing celebrity. When it developed transmission problems around 1973, it was parked in a field and abandoned until 1992. Even then it only had 27950 Km (17367 miles) on the odometer.
When recovered, it had a badly rusted body, and a dirty but otherwise intact interior. Although not running, it had also not been stripped, either. The new owner has painstakingly restored this car to its original grandeur.
Apparently only around 20 cars of this kind (type M567) were ever made, and they were sold exclusively in Europe. None ever were sold in the U.S., even though they were built in Detroit. This was also among the last DeSotos, since the line was cancelled after the 1961 model year.
The owner of this vehicle is seeking more information about this car and other DeSotos. If you have information, please visit his home page and share your knowledge with him.
From P�tsikk� Eija & Marko's Home Page
|The caption accompanying this photo when I
found it read:
"A man washes his 1950s Dodge Diplomat. Havana has become famous for the number of classic American cars in the city that date back to the days of free trade between the two countries." Sure do wish we could see the rest of this car, very liekly a Coronet variant. The photo is by Richard Bickel.
From Corbis Picture Experience
|Just when you thought you'd seen it all.
This image was passed along to me by alert and vigilant web surfer John
"JD the DJ" Harmon. In his words, "here is a
Brazilian ad I found on the Web for the 1979 Dodge LeBaron (yes, you read
that right). I learned that the A-body was built there until 1982.
Although interesting, I don't think this car would have made it in the
States." While I can't really justify putting this image in the
Predecessors area, I also couldn't figure out where else it might go
either, though it is certainly worth seeing.
From John Harmon