But tragedy struck as both brothers died in 1920, one from pneumonia, the other from cirrhosis of the liver. The company continued on but stagnation and lack of strong leadership soon caused lackluster sales. Surviving family members eventually sold off the Dodge Bros. Co., before it was absorbed by the Chrysler Corp.
Indiana resident Ed Carr always had a strong desire to own a classic coupe from the 1930s. When he left the Marine Corps in 1979 he finally got around to fulfilling his dream and started searching in earnest for a classic car. He initially was planning to chop the car and make it into a hot rod. But as time passed he found himself smitten with the famous wind stream design of the Dodge and left it in stock condition. The engine is a 235-cubic-inch flathead six capable of producing an estimated 100 horsepower.
He was able to trace the history of this Dodge Bros. coupe to Bargersville, where a bank owner had bought it brand-new for $800. After he died the car remained in a relative’s garage for many years until a family in Noblesville purchased it. The car was restored in 1978 but never titled or plated.
So when Ed bought the coupe he legally became the second owner of this beautiful link to our automotive past.
This was Ed’s first time showing his car. With the genuine interest and excitement it generated, he plans on sharing its history and legacy with other car enthusiasts even more so next summer.
Until next time, happy cruising!