The DeSoto Deluxe (also sometimes spelled DeLuxe) is an automobile produced by DeSoto from 1939 through to the 1952 model year. While in production, the Deluxe was DeSoto’s entry-level car, and was offered primarily as two-door and four-door sedans.
The Deluxe differed from the more upmarket Custom line by virtue of the traits found in base models, namely less trim, fewer standard features, and plainer interiors in fewer colour combinations.
The Deluxe shared its engine with the Custom, and was powered by Chrysler’s L-head 3.88L (237ci) six-cylinder engine, delivering 81 kW (109 bhp) at 3600 rpm.
Deluxes produced during the 1946, 1947, 1948 and first half of the 1949 model years used DeSoto’s prewar bodies, slightly updated following the end of World War II. In 1948, low-pressure tires became standard equipment. A fully redesigned DeSoto was launched in the second half of 1949, and these cars are referred to as “1949 Second Series” models.
The Deluxe remained DeSoto’s base model until it was replaced by the DeSoto Powermaster in 1953.