118 years ago, John and Horace Dodge started one of the world’s premier car companies in Auburn Hills Michigan. In 1900 the company started out making premium car parts and assemblies for the Detroit automakers. Their reputation for making the highest quality parts around led them to branch out and begin building cars of their own.
Throughout the years, Dodge has remained one of the big three names in the American Auto industry. The Ram pickup is one of the leading names in truck engineering. The auto industry has been a leader in innovation as well, designing the more economical K- Platform (more fuel efficient) car in the 70s when gas prices went through the roof. Cuero Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is continuing that tradition today.
Here are 5 interesting facts that you may never have known about the American standard Dodge.
They Didn’t Always Make Cars
Before the dodge brothers even thought about making cars, their first love was bicycles. They even held the patent on a dirt-resistant bicycle wheel bearing which became the industry standard for bicycle manufacturing. After bicycles, the brothers started making stoves.
They Made Most of the First Mass Produced Car
Horace and John Dodge started off their success by making about 74% of the parts for the Ford Model-T basically they made everything but the body. So without the Dodge brothers, ford might not exist as it does today.
Dealers Were Trying to Sell Dodge Cars Before Dodge Cars Existed
Based solely on their reputation for making quality materials and parts, over 22,000 businessmen applied to open Dodge dealerships from 1910 – 1914. The problem was, there was no Dodge car until November of 1914. People couldn’t wait to sell the Dodge brand.
Dodge Cars Were The First Mechanical Cavalry
Starting in 1916 George Patton led the first mechanized cavalry charge against Pancho Villa. He and 15 other soldiers made this charge in 3 Dodge touring cars. Pancho Villa was eventually shot down by a street vendor while riding in his 1919 Dodge Roadster. Eerie right.
Created a Great Many First Vehicles
In 2014 Dodge produced the first compact pickup with a diesel engine, the Ram 1500 offered a diesel model for the first time. In 1950 Dodge made the La Femme complete with rosebud patterned upholstery and a purse. The 1956 saw a special version of the Coronet with “Texas badges and a more luxurious interior. Also, in 1916 Dodge produced their touring cars with all-steel bodies, the first all-steel cars in America.