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A manufacturer of cars and trucks.  Originally an auto parts manufacurer in 1900, the first Dodge branded vehicles were produced in 1915.  The company is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States.

Vehicle names used by Dodge currently and throughout history include:  330, 400, 600, A-100, Aries, Avenger, B200, B300, C600, Caravan, CB300 Kary Van, Challenger, Charger, Charger Daytona, Colt, Colt Vista, Concept Car, Copperhead, Coronet, CT600, D50, D100, D150, Dakota, Dart, Daytona, DC600, Demon, Dendro, Diplomat, Durango, Dynasty, Grand Caravan, Dart, Demon, Grand Caravan, Intrepid, Journey, Kahuna, L600, Lancer, M80, Magnum, Meadowbrook, Mini Ram Van, Monaco, Neon, Nitro, Omni, P300, P375, Polara, Post Office Truck, Power Wagon, Ram, Ram Van, Ram Wagon, Rampage, Razor, Royal, S600, Shadow, Sidewinder, Spirit, Sprinter, SRT-4, Stealth, Stratus, Tomahawk, Tradesman, Viper, Warlock, and XP-07.

Dealerships include:
Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (San Antonio, Texas)
Bay Ridge Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (Brooklyn, New York)
Brown's Automotive Group (Patchogue, New York)
Viking Dodge (Crystal Lake, Illinois)

In 1936, Dodge had a film called Wheels Across Africa produced to show its vehicles traveling across the African continent.

Magazine/newsletter covers include:
GTR Newsletter, September 2015 (100 Years of Dodge Scale Model 1969 Dodge Challenger and "Hemi Thunder" 1968 Dodge Dart Hemi drag car)
Garagiste Festival program, February 2016 (program for the 4th annual event "celebrating the artisan winemaker" held 12-14 February 2016 features a derelict vintage red Dodge pickup truck)

Advertising slogans included:
America's Driving Machines (early 1980's)
Different. (late 1990's)
Grab Life by the Horns (early 2000's)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dodge page on 13 January 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Dodge is an American brand of cars, minivans, and sport utility vehicles manufactured by FCA US LLC (formerly known as Chrysler Group LLC), based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Dodge vehicles presently include the lower-priced badge variants of Chrysler-badged vehicles as well as performance cars, though for much of its existence Dodge was Chrysler's mid-priced brand above Plymouth.

Founded as the Dodge Brothers Company by brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge in 1900, Dodge was originally a supplier of parts and assemblies for Detroit-based automakers and began building complete automobiles in 1915, predating the founding of Chrysler Corporation. The Dodge brothers died suddenly in 1920 and the company was sold to Dillon, Read & Co. in 1925 before being sold to Chrysler in 1928. Dodge vehicles mainly consisted of trucks and full-sized passenger cars through the 1970s, though it did make some inroads into the compact car market during this time.

Due to various market conditions, Dodge's first financial crisis, as a division of Chrysler, was averted in 1955, when Prudential gave them US$250 million; combined with the all new styling approach ushered in by Virgil Exner, Chrysler recovered and sales increased.

The 1973 oil crisis and its subsequent impact on the American automobile industry led Chrysler to develop the K platform of compact to midsize cars for the 1981 model year. The K platform and its derivatives are credited with reviving Chrysler's business in the 1980s; one such derivative became the Dodge Caravan.

The Dodge brand has withstood the multiple ownership changes at Chrysler from 1998 to 2009, including its short-lived merger with Daimler-Benz AG from 1998 to 2007, its subsequent sale to Cerberus Capital Management, its 2009 bailout by the United States government, and its subsequent Chapter 11 bankruptcy and acquisition by Fiat.

In 2011, Dodge, Ram, and Dodge's Viper were separated. Dodge said that the Dodge Viper will now be an SRT product and Ram will be a manufacturer. In 2014, SRT was merged back into Dodge. Later that year, Chrysler Group was renamed FCA US LLC, corresponding with the merger of Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group into the single corporate structure of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.


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TypeTitle
1976 Book1976 Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Chassis-Body Service Manual; Chrysler Corporation
1976 Book1976 Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Electrical Service Manual; Chrysler Corporation
2006 BookStandard Catalog of 1950's Chrysler by Jon G. Robinson; Krause Publications


Motorsports

After a lengthy absence, Dodge returned to NASCAR competition in 1995 with the NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman (later the Craftsman Truck Series).  In 2001 the Intrepid became Dodge's entry into NASCAR's top series, then called the Winston Cup.

In 2005, the Intrepid was replaced by the Charger.  When the Car of Tomorrow was raced for a partial 2007 Nextel Cup season, the new car was the Avenger.  It returned, however, to the Charger the following year.

Championships Won in Dodges

YearSeriesDriverModel
1966NASCAR Grand NationalDavid PearsonCharger
1970NASCAR Grand NationalBobby IsaacCharger
1974NASCAR Winston CupRichard PettyCharger
1975NASCAR Winston CupRichard PettyCharger


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
19741974 Dodge School Bus Chassis
Dodge
Topic Page - 6 pages


Photographs

Dodge Brothers Touring 5 Dodge Brothers Touring 5
Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
View Dodge Brothers Touring 5 page of Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition - 440KB
Dodge Brothers Full Panel Delivery Dodge Brothers Full Panel Delivery
Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
View Dodge Brothers Full Panel Delivery page of Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition - 671KB
1929 Dodge Shirley G. Myers Ad Shirley G. Myers
24 May 1929 - The Ludington Daily News
View photo of 1929 Dodge Shirley G. Myers Ad - 1.4MB
1939 Dodge Tow Truck 1939
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
View photo of 1939 Dodge Tow Truck - 4,433KB
1939 Dodge Tow Truck 1939
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
View photo of 1939 Dodge Tow Truck - 3,286KB
Dodge Truck Model Built by Bob Deneen
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
July 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
View photo of Dodge Truck Model - 4,147KB
Dodge Truck Model Built by Bob Deneen
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
July 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
View photo of Dodge Truck Model - 4,117KB
Dodge Truck Model Built by Bob Deneen
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
July 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
View photo of Dodge Truck Model - 4,081KB
1963 Dodge Station Wagon Model 1963 Station Wagon
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Classic Plastic
View photo of 1963 Dodge Station Wagon Model - 2.1MB
1963 Dodge Station Wagon Model 1963 Station Wagon
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Classic Plastic
View photo of 1963 Dodge Station Wagon Model - 2.1MB
1963 Dodge Station Wagon Model 1963 Station Wagon
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
2012 Classic Plastic
View photo of 1963 Dodge Station Wagon Model - 2.1MB
1964 Dodge Weathered Model Car 1964
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Attack of the Plastic Model Car Contest
View photo of 1964 Dodge Weathered Model - 3,134KB
1964 Dodge Weathered Model Car 1964
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
2009 Summer NNL hosted by GTR Auto Modelers
View photo of 1964 Dodge Weathered Model - 3,169KB
Hemi engine with Cross-Ram Intake Hemi engine with Cross-Ram Intake
From the private museum of Greg & Kathy Mosley
Photo courtesy
The John Walczak Collection

View photo of Hemi engine with Cross-Ram Intake - 1.6MB
Dodge Stock Car Model Kit Stock Car
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Attack of the Plastic Model Car Contest
July 5, 2009
View photo of Dodge Stock Car Model - 663KB
Dodge Race Cars ©2004 Bill Crittenden
2004 Chicago Auto Show
View photo of Dodge Race Cars - 690KB
Dodge Early 1980's Magazine Ad Early 1980's Magazine Ad
View photo of Dodge Early 1980's Magazine Ad - 22.1MB


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 March 1921Dodge Motor Plant Reopens.The New York Times
24 September 1922Special Coupe Mounted On a Dodge ChassisNew York Tribune
26 May 1929DODGE TRUCK SHIPMENTS SHOW 77 PER CENT. GAINThe Ludington Daily News
14 June 2007Accavitti On Dodge StrugglesAnthony Fontanelle
21 June 2007Dodge Remains Winless In Nextel Cup SeasonAnthony Fontanelle
11 July 2007Pennington Motorsports Announces Manufacturer Change As NCTS Heads To KentuckyChris Knight, Pennington Motorsports
24 September 2007New Dodge Concept Car PresentedAnthony Fontanelle
3 April 2008Sheltra Motorsports Announces Dodge ARCA ScheduleChris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
22 April 2008Sheltra Motorsports Announces Dodge ARCA Schedule Heading Into KansasChris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports
18 March 2009Dodge: The Early YearsRonnie Tanner
9 October 2009Vintage Used Ford Trucks Built By DodgeTerry S. Vostor
7 August 2012NASCAR: Dodge AnnouncementRalph Gilles


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Model Kit - Jo-Han GC-2864'64 Dodge Super Stock Drag1:25 scale, "Re-Charged"




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