My first car was a '54 Firedome; DeSoto sponsored, "You Bet Your Life", with Groucho Marx hosting in 1954, available on Youtube. Commercials featured a model identical to the one I drove, a cream and turquoise job. "DeSoto's Firedome Hemi V-8 produced 170 horsepower." The problem was the car weighed 6000 lbs, came with a single throat carburetor and 2 speed automatic! Gear ratios were high and higher, making 7 miles per gallon both in town and highway. You could stand up in that car! The backs of both front and back divan style seats rose above my head and I was 6 feet tall. The steering wheel was modeled after the helm in the Titanic. Four football players stuffed in the trunk could be smuggled into a drive-in theater. I was the designated driver when we tripple dated. Had some great friends then....they all pitched in on an old Checker Cab floor mounted meter and gave it to me for graduation.'52 De Soto Firedome hemi
My second car, same year model was a LeMans Healy with a fiberglass hardtop. Traded the DeSoto plus $150. Brother's first car was a '56 T-Bird. 900 bucks!