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From the Archives: Dodge Bros Make History at Hamtramck

In 1914, after spending the bulk of the year feverishly toiling away over design sketches, engine manufacturers John and Horace Dodge announced they would be producing their first automobile. Insisting that only the highest quality products bear the Dodge moniker, the brothers built a 1,204 foot-long test track at the north end of their rapidly expanding Hamtramck plant. Constructed of creosoted wood planks and featuring a 40-foot hill climb, the Hamtramck test track earned Dodge the honor of being the first domestic automotive manufacturer to erect a dedicated test…

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From the Archives: Dodge Bros Make History at Hamtramck

From the Archives: First Dodge Vehicle Hits The Streets

In 1914, noted engine manufacturers John and Horace Dodge decided to distance themselves from their supplier roots and produce their own brand of automobile. On November 14, 1914, after eleven months of feverish preparation, the first Dodge Model 30 rolled off the assembly line at the Hamtramck, Michigan plant. Introduced as a more upscale version of the Ford Model T, the Dodge Model 30 quickly gained popularity for its full-steel body construction and sliding-gear transmission, features which were considered somewhat of a luxury at the time.

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From the Archives: First Dodge Vehicle Hits The Streets