1914 = Dodge Motor Company Formed = Horace and John Dodge. They Manufactured bicycles and parts for other automotive companies. Within a year, they agreed to build engines for Henry Ford, and accepted Ford's offer of 10 percent of his company's stock.
Dodges built all of the mechanical components for Ford's early cars, and their firm soon became the largest automotive parts company in the world. The brothers formed a new company. Dodge Brothers, Inc., capitalized with $5 million and began building their own vehicles. This was the world's first mass-produced all-steel touring cars.
1915 = more than 45,000 Dodge cars were built and sold, the best first-year sales record for a new car in the industry at the time.
1920 = Dodge was the second-best selling car in America.
1925 = one million sold. 1925 = Dodge is sold for a record $146 million.
1932 = RAM's head hood ornament first appeared.
1942 - 1945 = During World War II, Dodge-made war materials appeared in weapons, tanks, ships, aircraft and air raid sirens. Particularly notable among Dodge's contributions were more than 500,000 military trucks and over 18,000 aircraft engines.
1951 = The introduction of the Hemi or hemispherical head is intorduced into the industry.
1953 = HEMI = set 196 speed records. ( won 11 NASCAR races in 1956 )
1973 = oil crisis = Dodge builds first American-made cars with front-wheel drive.
2004 = 90th anniversary, is the leader in the truck industry, still taking the checkered flag at NASCAR events.
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