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Dodge Big Four

Dodge Big Four

 

For the first 13 years of the company’s history—1914 through 1926—all Dodge Brothers cars were powered by the same basic four-cylinder engine. This tireless workhorse was unofficially known as the Dodge Big Four.

 

The Big Four was an eager performer from the start. When the first test units were completed, the engineers were surprised to discover that instead of the 30 horsepower they’d projected, the engine easily made 35 hp. Larger than the engines in some other mid-price cars, the Big Four displaced 212.3 cubic inches, or in today’s…

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Dodge in World War II

Dodge in World War II

 

The scene above is somewhere in France in 1944, only days after D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, and these soldiers have driven deep behind the lines in their Dodge WC-56 command car. But did you know that Dodge’s contribution to the war effort went far beyond cars and trucks? Here’s more.

 

After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the big Dodge Main plant in Detroit was converted almost overnight to full-time military production. Working virtually nonstop, three shifts per day and seven days…

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Where Dodge Was Born

Where Dodge Was Born

 

At the corner of Beaubien and Lafayette Streets in Detroit’s downtown entertainment district, there’s a handsome old brick structure known as the BoydellBuilding. It’s a bustling, happy place with several popular restaurants on the ground floor.

 

The Boydell Building was a busy place back in 1901, too, but for an entirely different reason. Back then, this was the center of Detroit’s industrial district, and the ground floor of this very same building was occupied by Dodge Brothers, Inc., one of the fastest-growing businesses in the city.

 

In around September…

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