SPECIFICATIONS: L head four cylinder engine. 25 hp pressurized vacuum tank fuel system. 12 volt Northeast electric starter/generator unit. 2 wheel brakes, 32X4 tires.
John and Horace Dodge were both machinists,
when Henry Ford started the Ford Motor Company in 1903, the Dodge brothers
machine shop built Ford's engines. As part of the deal Henry Ford gave
the Dodge brothers a one-tenth share in the Ford Motor Company, which
the Dodge brothers later sold for $27,000,000 cash, the original capital
for the Dodge Brothers Motor Company.
This 1922 model, Serial # 731464, has been
in this Swope family since 1952. It is little changed from the original
car produced by the Dodge brothers on November 14, 1914.
The Dodge Touring car got its first big
test as a military vehicle in 1916 when General John J. Pershing took
six Dodges on his punitive expedition into Mexico while pursuing the
bandit chieftain, Pancho Villa. The success of the Dodge in the rugged
wastelands of old Mexico soon was a matter of US Military History, and
the Dodge became the US Army's first command car.