Dodge built its first series of 1922 models from July 1921 continuing the Dodge brothers' reputation for turning out solid, reliable, good performing automobiles after the death of the brothers, John and Horace, in 1920. Powered by a 35 horsepower 212 cubic inch four with 3-speed transmission, they embodied the brothers' creativity, sound engineering and precision manufacturing. This example has received a comprehensive, thorough restoration several years ago and features varnished wood spoke wheels mounted with whitewall tires, a single rear-mounted spare tire, windshield frame mounted spotlight, step plates on the running boards and a motometer radiator cap. It is finished, not surprisingly, in black with black leather upholstery and a tight-fitting black leatherette top. The paint, upholstery, wood and what little nickel trim the Dodges cared to install on their essentially utilitarian vehicles are in very good condition. While the restoration is showing its age ("developing its own patina" some might say) it is still in better than new condition, a tribute to the quality of the materials and workmanship lavished upon it and the excellent care it has received. Dodge was the third best-selling American marque in 1921-22 and the value inherent in its automobiles is apparent in this handsome example that can be driven and shown with pride.
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