1931 DeSoto Series SA

On August 4th of 1928, the DeSoto marque was founded by Walter Chrysler and introduced for the 1929 model. Mr. Chrysler had attempted to acquire the Dodge Brothers, but after that failed, he introduced a competitor of his own. The DeSoto quickly became successful, leading to Chrysler acquiring Dodge a year later. During its first twelve months of production, over 81,000 DeSoto's were built.

The company was named after the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

The DeSoto was positioned in the mid-priced class, serving as a lower priced version of Chrysler productions. After Chrysler acquired the Dodge Brothers company, they were left with two mid-priced makes. The two-make strategy was initially successful, with the DeSoto vehicles priced below the Dodge models. In 1933, Chrysler reversed the market position of Dodge and Desoto, in hopes of increasing Dodge sales.

DeSoto vehicles were produced until November 30th of 1960.

DeSoto introduced the Series SA at the New York Automobile Show in January of 1931. Power was from an L-Head six-cylinder engine displacing 205.3 cubic-inches and mated to a three-speed selective sliding gear transmission. Standard equipment included hydraulic brakes, Delco-Remy ignition, hydraulic shock absorbers, and double drop frame.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2020
Vehicle Profiles
1931 DeSoto Series SA vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 5022555
Engine Num: SA25297

This particular example is painted in deep red, with darker red moldings, a plum interior, and a black soft top. It has body-color radiator shutters, DeSoto radiator mascot, rear-mounted spare, and the DeSoto badge bar running in front of the bumper.....[continue reading]

1931 DeSoto Series SA vehicle information

Standard Coupe

Chassis Num: 5018469
Engine Num: SA-8141D

This 1931 DeSoto Model SA Standard Coupe has a rear luggage compartment instead of a rumble seat, as found in the Deluxe. The interior is upholstered in wide-pleated button mohair. The instrument binnacle is a wide oval assembly housing the drum spee....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: 5022555 
Standard Coupe
Chassis #: 5018469 


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Price Comparison

1931 Series SA
$825-$18,000
1931 DeSoto Series SA Price Range: $695 - $825

Model Year Production

#1#2#3DeSoto
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)38,710
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)27,581
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)13,940
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)22,736
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)24,496
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)32,091
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)34,889
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)

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