The 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II is one of the great automobile designs of all time. Voted among the Top Ten Concept Cars ever constructed, it has been an influential inspiration for over half a century. A joint venture between Ghia and Chrysler, powered by the famous Red Ram HEMI V8, it was sold new to King Mohammed V of Morocco and has enjoyed continuous ownership by sympathetic collectors for its entire life.
The car was cosmetically restored before being exhibited at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1989, and has covered less than 250 miles since. The odometer still shows under 15,000 original miles. The Adventurer II has actually been displayed twice at Pebble Beach — by Ken Behring in 1989, and after another refresh, by Chuck and Carol Swimmer in 2010, garnering “Second in Class” the last time out. It remains in Pebble Beach condition.
The car was auctioned off earlier this year for $1.43 million.
We have a nice image set and a video of this special car coming up next.
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