1930 Dodge Brothers Series DC news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: 22245
Engine Num: DC3412
Their success in components industry naturally led to building a car of their own. By late 1914, their Dodge Brothers cars could be found in showrooms. Their cars had conventional design and were well-built. Power was from a 35-horsepower engine which was more than the Ford Model T's 22 horsepower unit. They outfitted their cars with a plethora of standard equipment and offered it at a competitive price.
The Dodge cars ranked second in American sales in 1920. Tragedy was just on the horizon. John Dodge passed away from pneumonia in early 1920. Horace died in December from cirrhosis. Ownership of the Dodge Brothers Company passed to the brothers' windows, who promoted employee Frederick Haynes to company president. A few years later, in 1925, the company was sold to Dillon, Read & Company. Three years later it was acquired by Walter P. Chrysler and became part of his evolving automotive empire.
In 1930 the Dodge catalog of vehicles included four lines including the DA, DB, DD, and DC. At the top of the list was the DC and the only one outfitted with an eight-cylinder engine that offered 75 horsepower and 145 foot-pounds of torque. It was larger and roomier than the other Dodge models.
There were many body styles shared between the lines, though the Phaeton was exclusive to the DC line and carried a price of $1,225. It was the most expensive car produced by Dodge in 1930 and only 234 buyers were found. The economy was struggling, as the world entered the Great Depression. Many fortunes were lost; meaning the quantity of capable buyers dwindled greatly. The low production numbers of the Phaeton is understandable.
This DC Phaeton is finished in tan with a matching tan canvas top. It is accented by orange wire wheels and side mounted spare tire. In 2007 it was brought to Carmel, California where it was offered for sale at Bonhams auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, and estimated to sell for $35,000 - $40,000. A buyer willing to satisfy the cars reserve was not found, and the lot was unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
The Dodge brand was positioned in the Chrysler lineup above DeSoto. A new 221 cubic-inch 8-cylinder engine offering 75 horsepower was introduced in 1930. Only a limited number of these 8-cylinder cars were built from 1930 and 1933.
It's believed that this Dodge roadster was one of the 1930 factory show cars, displayed at the annual automobile shows. It's painted in a Cigarette Yellow with Black and Vermillion as contrasting colors - the factory's show combination.
Dodge decided to go up-market in 1929 - in retrospect a bad decision. Dodge's first straight eight engine-powered cars had been scheduled for introduction in 1929, but that was delayed by the stock market crash. The eight-cylinder roadster was built in limited numbers from 1930 to 1933.
This roadster features an all-steel body by Budd (most manufacturers still used composite wood-metal bodies). The new eight cylinder engine developed 75 horsepower.
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