1931 Dodge Six RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: €28,000-32,000

Sold: €33,040

In the early 1900s two bicycle makers were destined to change the auto industry forever. They were the Dodge brothers, John and Horace, who began their careers as bicycle machinists in their father's shop in Michigan. Upon moving to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, they adapted their skills to meet the needs of the fledgling automotive industry and found success producing intricate mechanical components. It wasn't long before John and Horace came to the attention of Henry Ford. He was so impressed with the brothers that he offered them a one-tenth interest in his new motor car company; that partnership lasted for the next 12 years. The brothers then split from Ford to pursue their own interests in automobile manufacturing because, at the time, Ford cars were produced with virtually all Dodge-built parts. When asked why he and his brother wanted to build their own car, John Dodge reportedly said "Think of all the Ford owners who will someday want an automobile."

1929 marked the first full year of Chrysler Corporation ownership of Dodge Brothers. One consequence of this was the elevation of the Senior models to a level of luxury not seen in any previous Dodge models. With styling and interior appointments altered considerably from 1928, the Senior series cars compared favourably to similar models offered by Buick, Hudson and Marmon, marques long established in the upper-middle price bracket. An important engineering feature of 1929 Dodge vehicles was the industry's first downdraft carburation system to enter mass production. With gravity helping produce a better air/fuel mix, the results were higher horsepower and easier starting. The rest of the American automobile industry adapted downdraft carburation over the following six years. Standard equipment for this Roadster model included a rumble seat, a popular feature for the late 1920s.

This pretty right-hand drive Roadster, finished in red over black with a beige soft top and black interior, is believed to have been delivered to South Africa when new, and many years later found its way via Los Angeles and Amsterdam to its present owner in Sicily, where it has resided amongst his fine collection of pre' and post-war classics since 1993. Before its arrival in Sicily the Dodge's mechanics had already been overhauled in the United States of America, whereas the body was restored by a Sicilian specialist. As a result, this pretty and useable pre-war Roadster is still being described by its owner as excellent in every respect, and on a recent inspection the car started first time, making all the right noises, whereas the body, hood and interior looked very sharp. Offered with Italian registration papers, this is an interesting and rare piece of American automobile history.

Reference Number 14184

as of 10/13/2007

Car 1931 Dodge Six Roadster