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1960-1961 Desoto


1960-1961 DeSoto specifications

DeSoto had a promising beginning, but internal competition within Chrysler Corporation would lead to its demise. However, other internal factors caused the marque to linger after the decision to drop it had been made, which meant that DeSoto's last two model years were built with its short-lived future a foregone conclusion. Here are the 1960-1961 DeSoto specifications, covering the brand's ill-fated last two years.

1961 DeSoto coupe
The 1961 DeSoto was available as a coupe (shown)
or sedan, but without a model name.

1960 DeSoto


Weight (lbs.)
Price (new)
Number built
Fireflite 4-door sedan
3,865
$3,017
9,032
Fireflite hardtop coupe
3,885
$3,102
3,494
Fireflite hardtop sedan
3,865
$3,167
1,958
Total Fireflite


14,484
Adventurer 4-door sedan
3,895
$3,579
5,746
Adventurer hardtop coupe
3,945
$3,663
3,092
Adventurer hardtop sedan
3,940
$3,727
2,759
Total Adventurer


11,597
Total DeSoto


26,081

1961 DeSoto

Weight (lbs.)
Price (new)
Number built
Hardtop coupe
3,760
$3,102
911
Hardtop sedan
3,820
$3,167
2,123
Total


3,034

1961 DeSoto Selected Specifications

General
Wheelbase (in.) 122.0
Overall length (in.) 215.6
Overall height (in.) 54.8
Overall width (in.) 79.4
Tread, front/rear (in.) 61.0/59.7
Construction layout front-engine, rear drive
Type unitized body with box-section engine mount
Body material steel

Powertrain
Engine type 90-degree overhead-valve V-8
Material cast-iron block and heads
Bore and stroke (in.) 4.13x3.38
Displacement (cubic inches) 361
Horsepower @ rpm 265 @ 4,400
Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm 380 @ 2,400
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Main bearings 5
Carburetor 2-barrel Stromberg downdraft
Valve lifters hydraulic
Standard transmission 3-speed manual, synchromesh on top two gears, column-mounted shifter
Standard transmission ratios 1st, 2.55:1; 2nd, 1.49:1; 3rd, 1.00:1; reverse, 3.34:1
Optional transmission 3-speed automatic with torque converter, dashboard-mounted pushbuttons
Electrical system 12-volt

Chassis
Front suspension independent with torsion bars, tubular shock absorbers
Rear suspension solid axle, semielliptic leaf springs, tubular shock absorbers
Brake type 4-wheel hydraulic internal-expanding, cast-iron drums
Drum diameter (in.) 11
Tire size 8.00x14

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