Friday, January 16, 2009
THE LAST ADVENTURE; 1961 DESOTO
DeSoTo ended production only 47 day after the 1961 line, which consisted of only two-and four-door Adventure models, was introduced. Although DeSoTo, like all the Chrysler marques, had been re-styled in 1960, the short lived ’61 models got a new, more attractive horizontal grille, canted headlights, a ‘shoulder’ at the leading edge of the big fins, and new taillights. There are no mould lines in spite of the complex shape and the script logos and wheel arch moldings are hot-printed, but accurate 361 cid V-8 is wired and the accessories are neatly done and the interior is impressive, with authentic three-tone upholstery, separate chromed handles, nicely detailed dashboard and a legible speedometer. Very few 1961 DeSoTo Adventures were built but Yat Ming’s model has all the ’61 details, including the revised fin, exactly right. ~SMI April 2007 See more.