From 1942 though 1954 a major Buick brand identification feature was a grille with vertical bars. DeSoto grilles also had vertical bars, but from 1941 through 1955. And there was a brief time -- model years 1951 and 1952 -- that DeSoto even borrowed Buick's hood sculpting theme. I am not sure that was a good idea, essentially copying the looks of a competing brand. In any case, that detail was dropped on DeSoto's restyled 1953 line.
Buick first tried out a vertical grille bar theme in 1939, but went to horizontal bars for 1940 and 1941.
DeSoto's first use of vertical bars on a horizontal grille.
Vertical bars were back for the war-shortened 1942 model year.
Buicks were restyled for 1949. Note the sculpting on the front of the hood. DeSoto stylists were aware of this feature when the 1951 facelift was being developed.
DeSotos were also given new body designs for 1949. The 1950 models got a revised grille design.
Another new set of bodies for Buick in 1950. The hood sculpting theme was carried over from 1949.
All Chrysler Corporation cars were facelifted for 1950, the most noticeable change being the rounded-off hood prow. Now DeSoto picks up Buick's hood sculpting. Not an exact copy, but pretty close.
That same model year Buick got a new grill, but the hood sculpting was unchanged.
DeSotos for 1952 were almost identical to '51s. The only difference seen here is the typeface for the word "DeSoto."
As mentioned above, restyled 1953 DeSotos dropped the Buick-like hood sculpting.