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1961 Desoto Orginal Engine Color?  

Sarah Green
New Member

Hello everyone. 

I just bought a 61 desoto sedan and the engine is covered in grease, I'm going to clean and repaint it but i cant find what the original color was, dose anyone know what it originally would be?

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-1961 Sedan

Posted : May 15, 2019 6:14 am
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Reputable Member

The engine color is silver.  Congratulations on your "new" DeSoto and good luck in getting it in the condition you are aiming for and keep us posted with your progress.

This post was modified 1 week ago by FredRoman

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

Posted : May 18, 2019 2:18 am
Estimable Member

Hi Sarah,

Congratulations on that fine looking 1961!  Fred is correct, the engine block, heads, rocker covers, and intake manifold were all silver.  The air cleaner, oil fill cap and the accessory drive pulleys (except the alternator and A/C compressor) were all painted gloss black.  The oil fill cap and the air cleaner would have originally had service decals on them.  Reproductions of those decals are made, and can be found on the web.

I see your car has air conditioning.  Nice!

Brent Jacobsen
Owner of a 1952 Desoto Firedome

Posted : May 21, 2019 12:10 am
Estimable Member Club Member

The color is called "Argent Silver." Pretty certain the air cleaner is black (all I've seen are). Most have also had the valve covers painted black as well.

Dan Lyman

Posted : May 23, 2019 2:01 am


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