Powered by the famous 345/345hp HEMI V8 with dual quads, an automatic transmission, push-button shifter on dash, and independent torsion bar front suspension. With the division's top HEMI V8 under the hood, the Adventurer was an early muscle car with a set of the most aesthetically pleasing tail fins ever seen on virtually any car. Introduced in mid-model year 1956, the Adventurer was DeSoto's top-of-the-line performance flagship. The newly engineered 1957 ushered in a new "Forward Look" for all Chrysler Corporation models in a longer, lower and wider package. The 1957s have stood the test of time. In the 1950s, fins were de rigueur and echoed the public's fascination with the possibility of space travel. The '57 model Plymouths, Dodges, Chryslers and DeSotos had the appearance of a sleek rocket, ready to blast off. Inside the cockpit, DeSoto inset the light gold seats (60/40 up front) with gold and white tweed in the seated portion of the benches, front and rear. The labor-intensive stitched pattern of the upper door panels reveals the workmanship of the American auto industry of the 1950s. DeSoto had a reputation for building interiors of early American parlor quality and ambience. The Adventurer bridged the gap between old American charm, the rocket age of tailfins and the impending horsepower race. The Adventurer was to DeSoto what the "300" letter series was to Chrysler. Both were the top performance models and tested top speed on the sands at Daytona. From the Ron Pratte Collection.