1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024
Lot 32
1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette
Coachwork by H J Mulliner Registration no. UO 7767 Chassis no. A983024
£ 28,000 - 34,000
US$ 37,000 - 45,000

Lot Details
1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024 1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette  Chassis no. A983024
1928 Dodge 'Fast Four' 3½-Litre Landaulette
Coachwork by H J Mulliner

Registration no. UO 7767
Chassis no. A983024
* Exported new to the UK
* Right-hand drive
* Original registration number
* Restored in the 2000s


Footnotes

  • A very rare find indeed, this 'Fast Four' was imported new by Dodge Brothers (England) as a right-hand drive rolling chassis and bodied here by H J Mulliner of Chiswick, with the same quality of build as their work for Rolls-Royce. 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 is not known, but at some time in the 1960s the car was rediscovered in a field near Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. Two owners later, the Dodge appeared in an auction catalogue in November 1971; the purchaser was Mr 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, during whose ownership the engine was rebuilt. Next owner, Mr G Smith of Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire continued the restoration, which was finally completed in 2012 at the cost of over £50,000 (bills on file). As well as the aforementioned engine rebuild, the distributor was replaced, the carburettor overhauled, the flywheel balanced, a new clutch assembly fitted, the radiator re-cored, all new wiring installed, the back axle rebuilt, etc, etc. Much of this additional work was carried out by Coventry-based precision engineering machinists, Priory Vintage Car Company. All bills and stage-by-stage photographs of the engine rebuild may be found in the most substantial history file (examination recommended).

    Other noteworthy features include re-plated nickel fittings; all new interior trimmed in dark blue leather to the front and Bedford Cord to the rear; three-tier scalloped division with occasional seats; double split front windscreen; side-mounted spare; rear luggage rack; and a Japan leather drop-down landaulette top.

    Accompanying documentation consists of two old-style logbooks, a V5C registration document, and the aforementioned file documenting expenditure by the previous owners. A delightful touring car with British coachwork - half the price of a Rolls-Royce of the same era, just as capable, and easier to maintain - this rare Dodge Fast Four would make a perfect wedding car.
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