DeSoto Serial Numbers
DeSoto Serial Numbers 1929-1961
Serial numbers are helpful in DeSoto identification. While not the final word in verification, they can help the DeSoto enthusiast differentiate typical DeSotos. Extreme cases, such as unusual equipment, Adventurers, or claims of famous ownership, require extensive research beyond this simple tool.

Serial numbers are located on the car in the following areas:
1929 - 1931: dashboard, passengerside front door pillar
1931 - 1961: driverside door pillar

Engine numbers are generally located at the driverside front of the block at the cylinder head.

S E L E C T   M O D E L   Y E A R:
1929 | 1930 | 1931 | 1932 | 1933 | 1934
1935 | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939 | 1940
1941 | 1942 | 1946 | 1947 | 1948 | 1949
1950 | 1951 | 1952 | 1953 | 1954 | 1955
1956 | 1957 | 1958 | 1959 | 1960 | 1961

YEAR

MODEL

ENGINE PREFIX

PLANT

BEGINING SERIAL NUMBER

ENDING SERIAL NUMBER

1929

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6KDetroitKW-000-PKD-999-D
DetroitKK-000-PKK-143-W
WindsorOW-000-POW-878-Y

1930

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8CFDetroitL-001-WPL-185-PH
Detroit6,000,0016,000,714
WindsorG-001-WPG-010-SW
6CKDetroit5,000,0015,011,672
Windsor9,600,0019,600,600

1931

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8CF*DetroitL-185-PRL-192-DP
Detroit6,000,8016,004,022
Windsor9,700,0019,700,121
6SADetroit5,011,8015,040,056
Windsor9,600,6019,601,588
6 (Export)SAXWindsor9,901,0019,901,316

1932

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Standard 6SC-SCXDetroit5,040,2015,055,921
Windsor9,601,6519,602,649
Custom 6SC-SCXDetroit6,005,0016,012,579
Windsor9,702,0019,701,201

1933

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Standard 6SD-SDXDetroit5,056,0015,068,056
Custom 6SD-SDXDetroit6,013,0016,023,403

1934

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AirflowSE-SEXDetroit5,068,5015,082,105
Windsor9,603,0419,603,434

1935

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AirstreamSFDetroit6,023,5016,043,678
Windsor9,664,0019,664,636
AirflowSGDetroit5,082,2015,088,967
Windsor9,603,4369,603,544

1936

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Custom AirstreamS1Detroit5,500,0015,517,216
Windsor9,664,6419,665,550
Standard AirstreamS1Detroit6,043,7016,061,693
Windsor9,699,076NA
taxiS1Detroit5,997,5016,000,000
Detroit6,004,1016,004,200
AirflowS2Detroit5,089,0015,093,971
Windsor9,603,5519,603,582

1937

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DeSotoS3Detroit5,517,3015,597,700
Windsor9,665,5569,666,930
taxiDetroit5,094,0015,094,225

1938

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StandardS5Detroit5,598,3015,632,912
Windsor9,666,9369,668,604
CustomDetroit6,061,7016,064,250
taxiDetroit5,095,0015,095,372

1939

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DeLuxe
Custom
S6Detroit5,634,0015,687,134
Windsor9,668,6069,669,922
taxiDetroit5,095,4015,096,648

1940

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CustomS7Detroit5,688,0015,720,329
Windsor9,393,2819,394,790
DeLuxeDetroit6,064,3016,095,930
taxiDetroit5,096,7015,099,021

1941

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DeLuxeS8-SDetroit6,096,0016,141,720
CustomS8-CDetroit5,720,4015,770,981
Windsor9,373,1969,374,393
taxiS8Detroit5,099,1015,101,600

1942

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DeLuxeS10-SDetroit6,142,0016,153,101
CustomS10-CDetroit5,771,0015,783,503
Windsor9,949,0519,949,461
taxiS10Detroit5,101,7015,102,456

1946

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DeLuxeS11-SDetroit6,154,0016,172,862
CustomS11-CDetroit5,784,0015,825,784
Windsor9,687,626NA
taxiS11Detroit5,102,5015,105,143

1947

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DeLuxeS11-SDetroit6,172,8636,190,367
CustomS11-CDetroit5,825,7855,885,815
taxiS11Detroit5,105,4145,110,107

1948

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DeLuxeS11-SDetroit6,190,3706,209,494
CustomS11-CDetroit5,885,8165,962,601
Los Angeles62,001,00162,003,000
taxiS11Detroit5,110,1085,114,100

1949

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DeLuxeS13-SDetroit6,212,0016,232,740
Los Angeles60,002,00260,004,755
CustomS13-CDetroit50,000,10150,061,189
Los Angeles62,004,00162,011,187
taxiS13Detroit5,115,0015,115,680

1950

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DeLuxeS14-SDetroit6,233,5016,262,653
Los Angeles60,005,00160,009,175
CustomS14-CDetroit50,062,00150,148,412
Los Angeles62,011,50162,023,225
taxiS14Detroit5,116,0015,118,350

1951

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DeLuxeS15-SDetroit6,269,0016,283,459
Los Angeles60,011,00160,012,889
CustomS15-CDetroit50,155,00150,230,003
Los Angeles62,024,00162,032,486
taxiS15Detroit5,119,0015,121,266

1952

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DeLuxeS15-SDetroit6,283,6016,288,250
Los Angeles60,013,00160,013,651
CustomS15-CDetroit50,230,10150,261,940
Los Angeles62,032,60162,036,371
taxiS15Detroit5,121,4015,122,684
FireDomeS17Detroit55,000,00155,040,155
Los Angeles64,001,00164,005,899

1953

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FireDomeS16Detroit55,050,00155,127,622
Los Angeles64,008,00164,015,691
PowermasterS18Detroit50,266,00150,304,981
Los Angeles62,039,00162,042,345
taxiS18Detroit5,124,0015,125,711

1954

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FireDomeS19Detroit55,130,00155,182,504
Los Angeles64,017,00164,020,704
PowermasterS20Detroit50,306,00150,322,514
Los Angeles62,043,00162,043,897
taxiS20Detroit5,126,0015,128,005

1955

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FirefliteS21Detroit50,330,00155,364,093
Los Angeles64,045,00162,047,586
FiredomeS22Detroit55,185,00155,256,392
Los Angeles64,022,00164,026,847
taxiS20Detroit5,130,001NA

1956

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FiredomeS23Detroit55,258,00155,329,506
Los Angeles64,028,00164,034,406
FirefliteS24Detroit50,366,00150,392,114
Los Angeles62,048,00162,051,424
AdventurerS24Detroit50,366,00150,392,114

1957

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FiredomeS25Detroit55,332,001NA
Los Angeles64,035,005NA
FirefliteS26Detroit50,306,001NA
Los Angeles62,053,001NA
AdventurerS26ADetroit50,396,001NA
FiresweepKDSDetroit58,001,001NA
Los Angeles60,014,001NA

1958

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FiresweepLS1-LDetroitLS1-1001NA
Los AngelesLS1L-1001NA
FiredomeLS2-MDetroitLS2-1001NA
Los AngelesLS2L-1001NA
FirefliteLS3-HDetroitLS3-1001NA
Los AngelesLS3L-1001NA
AdventurerLS3-SDetroitLS3-1001NA

1959

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FiresweepMS1-LDetroitM412-100001NA
Los AngelesM414-100001NA
Firesweep wagonDetroitM471-100001NA
FiredomeMS2-MDetroitM43-100001NA
FirefliteMS3-HDetroitM451-100001NA
AdventurerMS3-SDetroitM491-100001NA

1960

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FireflitePS1-LDetroit7103-100001NA
AdventurerPS3-MDetroit7203-100001NA

1961

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DeSotoRS1-LDetroit6113-100001NA

S O U R C E S :
Catalog of American Car ID Numbers 1950-59. Sidney, Ohio: Amos Press, 1993.
Catalog of American Car ID Numbers 1960-69. Sidney, Ohio: Amos Press, 1989.
Gnorksi, John. "DeSoto Serial and Engine Numbers." DeSoto Adventures, July-August, 1999.
Gunnell, John, ed. The Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1946-1975. 2nd ed. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1987.
Kimes, Beverly Rae, Clark, Jr., Henry Austin. The Standard Catalog of American Cars: 1805-1942. 2nd ed. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1989.
Lee, John, ed. The Standard Catalog of Chrysler: 1929-1990. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 1990.
Restorer's Guide. 8th edition, Detroit, Michigan: Chrysler Historical Collection, 1985.


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