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DeSoto top seller at Barrett-Jackson auction

by Bill Cawthon on

The top dollar at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction went for a 1957 De Soto Adventurer convertible, which fetched $247,500, including premium. It went for $159,000 at the Houston Classic last year, when there were still some questions about its authenticity. Apparently, the questions have been answered well enough to merit an $88,5000 jump in the car’s value. This is the second consecutive Barrett-Jackson auction where a De Soto was the top collector car: a 1956 Fireflite convertible brought $368,500 at the Scottsdale auction in January.

Thanks to Bill Wetherholt for the tip!

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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