Dodge has been a star in the industry of automobile manufacturing for decades now, but you won’t believe how many other aspects of history this company has affected! The feats of this all-American motor company range from impressive to just plain odd, and we have come to fill you in! All you have to do is read on to discover all of the surprising things that you didn’t know about Dodge!
Number Eight: Dodge Started with Bikes
The Dodge brothers, Horace and John, started their company in the early 1900’s. Although, they didn’t make cars like their company does today. They first started out making bicycles in Canada, and were even known to have a few races with their creations. Then, they tried their hand at stoves.
Number Seven: The First Mass-Produced American Car
When the brothers took the best parts from their bicycles and stoves, somehow they ended up with an automobile. In 1910, they aided in creating the first mass-produced American car: the Model T.
Number Six: Creating Dependability
It has since been speculated, but the Dodge company may be responsible for adding the word “dependability” to the English language. While some believe the appearance of this word first started in 1901, it didn’t really catch on until Theodore McManus began advertising with it under the car company in 1914.
Number Five: Gearing Up for Winter
Around the same time (1914), the brothers also created another invention that would revolutionize America: the “winterized” car. When automobile companies realized that cars didn’t have an exceptional tolerance to the cold, the brothers sprang into action with removable hardtops and side glass snap-ons.
Number Four: The Fratzog
Oddly enough, the early name given to the Doge logo was “the fratzog”. This term was used from 1962-1981 to describe the three interwoven triangles, which is apparently called a fratzog. The designer coined this term after he created the unique symbols.
Number Three: Target Audiences
When the company was trying a variety of marketing techniques, they designed a car specifically targeted to women in 1950. Fittingly, it was named “La Femme”. The vehicle featured upholstery adorned with rosebuds, and even threw in a purse if you bought one. They also made a car specifically for Texans; the Coronet Texan was sold only in said state, and featured only two headlights (as opposed to four) to adhere to Texas laws.
Number Two: Clad in Steel
Another of the brothers’ firsts was their creation of the very first all-steel bodied car. This was manufactured in 1914, and sold a record number of 70,000 models.
Number One: A Star Appearance
Over time, the Dodge company has grown such a large reputation that it has even made appearances in singles of the most famous musicians of all time. It was mentioned in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Outta Hell in My Dodge, Bruce Springsteen’s Jungleland and The Promise, and even Johnny Cash’s The General Lee. Guess all-American icons have a way of paying tribute to one another. We hope you enjoyed our list of the eight things that you didn’t know