1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024
Lot 564
1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette
Sold for £21,275 (US$ 28,320) inc. premium

Lot Details
1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024
1927 Dodge 'Fast Four' Landaulette
Registration no. UO 7767
Chassis no. A983024
*Exported new to the UK
*Right-hand drive
*British coachwork
*Restored in the 2000s
*Recent engine rebuild and other works

Footnotes

  • Engine and transmission suppliers to Ransom Eli Olds and then Henry Ford, the Dodge brothers - John and Horace - diversified into automobile manufacture in 1914. Featuring a 35hp four-cylinder engine, welded all-steel body, and 12-volt electrical system, the first Dodge was a robust, 'right-first-time' design that changed little, apart from a couple of extensions in wheelbase length, over the course of the succeeding ten years. By 1928, when it was acquired by Walter P Chrysler, Dodge was offering its first six-cylinder car, and the last examples of the 'Fastest Four in America' would be built for the 1927/28 model year. These were the Series 128 and 129, the latter distinguishable by virtue of its four-wheel hydraulic brakes.

    This rare, right-hand drive Dodge 'Fast Four' was exported to the UK in chassis form and bodied here by H J Mulliner of Chiswick. The Dodge was originally supplied to Miller & Son, a garage and hire business in Exmouth, Devon, who hired it out for various uses up to 1955. Its subsequent history up to 1965 is not known, though the Dodge is believed to have been discovered in a Buckinghamshire field before its purchase by John Martin in February '65.

    The car had one further owner before being purchased at auction in November 1971 by Albert Ward, who commissioned its long-term restoration. Specialist S E Lloyd of Wolverhampton had completed 90% of the work (at a cost of £21,000) when Mr Ward became ill. The Dodge was then sold to his friend, Professor Alan Richens. The 3½-litre engine was then rebuilt, receiving new pistons, con-rods, etc, and the restoration was completed in mid-2010.

    'UO 7767' had seen little use subsequently (the engine had not been run in) when it was offered for sale at Bonhams' Oxford auction in March 2012 (Lot 331). Purchased there by the current vendor, the Dodge has benefited from considerable mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment since then (bills on file). Works carried out include stripping and rebuilding the engine, replacing the distributor, relining the rear brakes, overhauling the carburettor, balancing the flywheel and clutch assembly, re-coring the radiator, and a partial re-spray.

    A delightful touring car with British coachwork, the Dodge is finished in black over blue with black leather upholstery to the front compartment and beige cloth to the rear. Accompanying documentation consists of two old-style continuation logbooks, a V5C registration document, and a large file documenting expenditure by the current and previous owners.
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