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1961 Desoto Orginal Engine Color?
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.
"It's delightful, it's delovely, it's DeSoto"
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!
Owner of a 1952 Desoto Firedome