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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!


Author:  Alexander Dow [ Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:50 am ]
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My car is already in your database, I'm pretty sure, but for those that are curious;
VIN: 61 13110752
SO Tag: 0920 3006 614 101 WW1
(I don't have the motor number handy, car is in storage for winter)

As Original - Glacier White (Code WW1), with the Blue (Code 101) interior.

Options and Accessories
Push-Button Radio, Push-Button Heater-Defroster, Deluxe Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Push-Button TorqueFlite Transmission, Back-Up Lights, Sure-Grip Differential (not 100% sure about this one), Remote Control Outside Mirror, Safety-Padded Instrument Panel, Wheel Covers, 8.50 x 14 Tires, Undercoating
Safety Seat Belts, Safety-Padded Visors, Child-Guard Rear Door Safety Locks, Outside Right Mirror, Rear Seat Speaker

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Author:  DeanMullinax [ Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:10 am ]
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You were correct that we had the car in the database prior to your ownership, but now it has your name next to it as well as some options that we didn't have listed. I would like that engine number whenever it is convenient for you to get it.

Pardon us for asking on EVERY 61 we see! Just not so sure we have it in the database so we ask each time one comes up....

Do you know how to translate the info on your data plate? I know you already know the paint and trim codes. Let me know if you want the rest.

You have a really neat car... glad to hear you are going to bring her back to original. Most items for the car are actually available since the car is, essentially, a Chrysler. However, if you need any parts, a friend of mine has a 61 for door hardtop that he is parting out. Just let me know and I will get you his information.

Thanks again and good luck!


Author:  Joel Williams [ Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:03 pm ]
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I just bought my first classic car, a 1929 DeSoto 4 door sedan! I'm excited to learn about it and drive it when the weather improves. I live in Western Montana so we don't get warm weather until late April or early May. The previous owner was a member here for a time so you probably have a record of it in your database. the VIN is KY453Y. I know some of the history of the car in that it has been in Montana for several Decades and was restored in a shop in CA in the 1980s. It is still in beautiful condition and only needs a few minor parts.
I am working on making a business around this car. I'm going to use it as a limousine service for weddings in the summer. There are definitely some challenges to using a vintage car for commercial use. Finding insurance has been interesting. My wife and I have also put a lot of thought into how the car will be used. We decided to focus on weddings and stay away from high school prom since teenagers aren't exactly known for being careful. I look forward to learning more about DeSotos and connecting with other members of NDC.

Author:  DeanMullinax [ Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:15 pm ]
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Hello and welcome to the message board! If not a member already please consider joining the club as well as the message board. Congratulations on the 29! Really neat car!

For insurance, try JC Taylor or Hagerty Insurance company.

I don't know if anyone in the club is actually doing a data base on the '29 DeSotos. If not someone should consider doing one...

Anyway, enjoy your 29 and the wedding idea should prove to be interesting and possibly lucrative!

Author:  Mark Dagher [ Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:59 am ]
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Another new guy here...from Reno!

I've been into DeSoto's for about 30 years now, I started with my Dad as a teenager. I have a number of cars, 2 1948 Sedans, a 1947 coupe and 5 1946-48 Suburbans. I also have a 1955 Firedome Sedan and a few 1955-1956 cars.

My Dad just passed in August but I'm planning on keeping the DeSoto family tradition alive with my boys, ages 6 and 9. We have fun working on and driving the cars!

Author:  FredRoman [ Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:35 am ]
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Hello Mark and welcome. Please send a few pics of your beauties when you can. We all like to see DeSotos other than our own so don't be bashful.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"

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