• It was purchased by Nevada Scenic Tours and used until 1955 to give tours of Reno, Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, and to transport guests to Yosemite National Park.
  • It was also rented to Hollywood stars Clark Gable and Van Johnson during a Reno visit.



DeSoto played a valiant part during WWII with the responsibility for fuselage section assembly for the Martin B-26 Marauder, the manufacture of parts for the Bofors anti-aircraft cannon, building of wing sections for the Hell-Diver aircraft, and construction of B-29 nose sections (with parts supplied by the Chrysler and Plymouth factory assembly lines).

Following the War, material shortages, labor difficulties, and the huge task of converting plants back to civilian production delayed the introduction of the 1946 models until March of that year.  Introduction of the Suburban followed in November 1946.

While these new models were almost identical to those of 1942, they did offer some design changes including new front fenders with conventional exposed headlights, redesigned grille and doors, new bumpers and updated ornamentation.   These models were carried on during 1947 and 1948.

This 1947 9-passenger Suburban was one of two Suburbans purchased by Nevada Scenic Tours.  It was used until 1955 to give personal tours of the Reno, Lake Tahoe and Virginia City areas, as well as to transport guests to visit Yosemite National Park. Of particular interest, this Suburban was rented to Hollywood stars Clark Gable and Van Johnson during a visit to Reno.



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