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.


  • SUBLIME

    The Dodge does look better than a model T. It has smoother and more graceful lines. Much more upscale.

  • moparman

    Hamtramck, that’s where my ’69 charger was made. That’s pretty cool, I didn’t know that was their first plant.

  • 440

    Heck yeah !! That Dodge does look better than the same vintage Furd !!

  • mopar1

    Celebrated our 80th Anniversary as an Chrysler-Dodge dealership. Of course we has Desoto 7 Plymouth along the way. Check out Martin’s Chrysler-Dodge on line at Facebook. Pictures of 70 Challenger T/A, 71 Challlenger, 62 Dart, 35 Plymouth, 69 Superbee and 70 Coronet. All we gorgeous and pristen!!

  • Greg

    I remember the 1924 Dodge Brothers Touring my father had in the 1960 when I was growing up. It was a lot like the 1914 pictured here. I’ve been a Dodge guy all my life.

  • trqlvr

    Most people don’t know that the Dodge brothers made almost all of Henry Ford’s first automobiles! They made practically everything except the wooden body. Henry Ford’s factory produced the wooden body and did the assembly but basically ALL of the metal parts were made by the Dodge Brothers and sent to the Ford plant to be assembled.

  • David Royer

    My maternal grandmothers second husband had a Dodge, 1924 or 1926, it was the first high compression engine. I always remember the purple lens in the headlamps. That was for use in WW2. My paternal grandfather Edouard bought a new Dodge touring car for my Uncle Edward when he returned from the navy after WW1. I think it was a 1918. Like the cars that Blackjack Pershing used in Mexico. Dodge fan all of my life. Dave

  • http://www.challengernut.com/ 2011 Challenger

    Looks pretty luxury to me, full steel body! oh yea!