After 25 years of success with the DeSoto model, named for Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto, the Chrysler company in 1948 decided to release a sleeker, racier model named for French author and philosopher Marquis De Sade.

Sales of the De Sade were sluggish, and the line was discontinued once Chrysler’s one well-read employee pointed out that De Sade was mainly known for his explicitly sexual works.

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