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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 4, 1950-1959

1955-Dodge-Royal_Lancer

 

Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. This is Part 4 in the series.

 

The 1950s were an exciting time at Dodge. The decade featured a long, impressive list of engineering innovations and bold, new styling that led the American auto industry.

 

With its sibling brands at the Chrysler Corporation — Plymouth, DeSoto and Chrysler — Dodge introduced the Forward Look in 1955. This unique styling language, developed by Vice President of Design Virgil Exner, featured sleek, swept-back lines, aggressive grille openings and dramatic tail…

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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 4, 1950-1959

Dodge Firearrow IV Convertible

Dodge Firearow IV Convertible

 

In 1953 and 1954, Dodge created a handful of very special concept cars bearing the Firearrow name. To this day, experts count the Firearrows among the most beautiful and distinctive Dodge vehicles ever built.

 

The four-seat convertible shown here is Firearrow IV, the final edition of the series. Like its predecessors, the Firearrow IV was a collaboration between the Chrysler design director Virgil Exner and famed stylist Luigi Segre of the Ghia design house in Turin, Italy. The 119-inch wheelbase chassis and Red Ram HEMI® V8 engine were…

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Dodge Firearrow IV Convertible

This Week From The Archives: Baby HEMI® Is Born

In 1953, Dodge received its first V8 engine when the Red Ram HEMI® hit production. Measuring just 241 inches and churning out 140-horsepower, the Red Ram HEMI® was one of Dodge’s smallest offerings at the time but it was also one of the most impressive. During its inaugural year, the Red Ram HEMI® dominated the Bonneville Salt Flats from the engine bay of a ’53 Dodge Coronet, setting over 100 land speed records.


Thanks to this proven ability to perform and its compact size, the Red Ram HEMI®…

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This Week From The Archives: Baby HEMI® Is Born