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Author:  BobTerpak [ Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:45 pm ]
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Welcome to the club

The 59 is one of the more popular years within the club and information can be found with a little effort

FYI-your car was made on the Dodge lines in Detroit and Los Angles and the car is more Dodge than Desoto. For example the colors are Dodge, the front fenders are smaller than the Firedome/Fireflites, the rims and tires are smaller. Even the owner's manual is different

The Club has maintained a roster of 1959 cars and we ask for your help.

From your data plate, located by the passenger's side hood hinge, please advise the top and bottom lines which we will translate for you


Author:  Alexander Dow [ Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:19 am ]
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Greetings from Mid-Coast Maine!

My name is Alex, I'm 22, and I am the proud owner of a car more than double my age - a 1961 DeSoto 4 door hardtop. Originally an all Glacier White car with the blue interior, painted a duo navy and silver at some point before my ownership. My plan is to restore her to factory original, with maybe a dual exhaust and rumblier mufflers.

She's kinda rusty (inside out from damaged weatherstripping) with a few dents here and there, but she's all mine. I look forward to joining the club very soon and would be grateful for any knowledge or advice that you could pass my way!

Author:  BobTerpak [ Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 pm ]
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Welcome to the Message Board and we look forward to your joining the NDC

The club maintains a roster of the 1961 production and we would like to add your car to the list just in case we don't already have it

Please post a copy of your data plate which should be the driver's side door hinge under the windshield trim

Top line should be similar to 0912 3037 614 10x and 2 letters2

Author:  DeanMullinax [ Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:57 pm ]
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Bob is correct... we have been trying to keep an accurate database of all 1961 DeSotos known to the club for the last decade or so. I have been working on this for a while in order to help us decipher production dates on the '61 DeSotos. Though we have a basic understanding about how they did things back then, the more cars listed in the database the more a pattern emerges as to how they did things on the assembly line in the fall of 1960! If you are not comfortable posting your information in the forum please consider emailing the information to me directly at I need to get the VIN # and the data plate info and a pic of either of them may be easier than typing out the numbers. Options on the car would be nice too. Also, if you have it, I would like to get the engine # from you as well. It should be located behind the water pump on an embossed plate. I'll be happy to decipher your plate for you once you get me the information!

Thanks in advance and enjoy the car! Please post some pictures when you have them!


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