1915 Dodge Brothers Touring

When the Dodge Brothers, John and Horace, introduced their first car to the public in 1915, their company was already one of the largest and most experienced automakers in America.


In their giant plant in Hamtramck, Michigan, later to become known as Dodge Main, the Dodge Bros. built many of the components for Henry Ford’s Model T, becoming fabulously wealthy in the process. Deciding that both Ford and Dodge Bros. would have a more secure future if the brothers went their own way, they established their own car brand in 1914.


The first Dodge Brothers model, the 30-35 Touring car shown here, took advantage of the lessons learned in producing the Model T.  It was simple, plain, and sturdy, like the Ford, but it was upgraded in key ways, with a more powerful engine, a longer wheelbase, and a 12-volt electrical system instead of six.


The car was a hit and by 1916, Dodge became the number two make in America, second only to Ford. Unfortunately, both John and Horace Dodge, who remained close their entire lives, passed away in 1920. Without strong leadership, the Dodge brand then slipped to seventh in sales before Walter P. Chrysler took over the company and merged it into the Chrysler Corporation in 1928. The acquisition of Dodge helped Chrysler to join Ford and General Motors as the final member of the Big Three.


You can visit the very car pictured here at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in the shadow of Chrysler’s world headquarters.  To build your own Dodge, go to Dodge. com.



  • J Langellier
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    The Arizona Historical Society is seekig a 1915 US Army Dodge touring car on loan for a special exhibit related to the 1916 Punitive Expedition. Does anyone have a source they wojld be willing to share? Thank you. John P. Langellier. PhD. Director AHS Central Div.

    • cw
      Posted October 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      The car you are looking for is in Mountain View Arkansas. I din’t remember the mans name but we just visited the area and saw the car and talked with the owner. He said the car a, 1915 dodge Brothers Touring, is the very one issued to JJ Pershing and chauferred by then Captain George Patton.

      You should be able to make contact through the Stone County Sherriffs dept. The man is in his seventies and is a native resident of Stone county. He said the Library of Congress had contacted him about the car and filled in the details of its origin. It is serial number something like 6235 (Just remembering that it was 4 numbers and started with 6.)

  • pkerot
    Posted October 17, 2015 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    His name is Virgil Thomas, call him Jack
    I’m sure he is in the phone book

  • Bobby Arnold
    Posted July 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Thomas passed away but you can contact his son Randy Thomas his number is 918–688-8590

  • Bobby Arnold
    Posted July 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    vin # 3066

  • Jim Williams
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for my dad’s 1915 Dodge Touring. It was black with red wire wheels. It was sold at the Bonneville spedway museum auction in Wendover Utah back around 2000. Any help would be appricated. Thanks

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