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Dodge Brothers

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January 1920.
October 1922.
Oct 1962.

Dodge of Fulham

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1922 Dodge Brothers formed a private company and started the import of parts from the USA. They purchased a small factory at Stevenage Road, Fulham. Previous to this they were imported by Charles Jarrott and Letts.

1924 Moved to larger premises at Park Royal. Produced a 15cwt van under the Graham badge.

1928 Dodge were purchased by Chrysler in the USA.

1933 Commenced UK manufacture of chassis at their works at Kew with associated company Chrysler but imported engines from the USA.

1938 The first truly British Dodge was built with a Perkins engine.

WW2 Factory produced components for aircraft including the Halifax bomber.

1946 Production re-commenced at Kew with a range from 2-ton to 6-ton and with a cab similar to the Leyland Motors Comet.

1951 Exhibitor at the 1951 Motor Show in the Car Section.

1957 Produced a 7-ton chassis with a Perkins P6 engine.

1961 Employed 850 persons. Subsidiary of Chrysler Corporation of Detroit. [1]

1967 The Kew plant closed and production switched to Dunstable.

1973 Chrysler gained control of Commer and there was much badge swapping with the Dodge badge appearing on Commer trucks in 1976.

1978 Chrysler sold the business to Peugeot who subsequently sold it to Renault

1961 Manufacturers of commercial vehicles and distributors of private cars.

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Importers of Polara and Dart GT models

1973 Chrysler took an interest in the Rootes Group and took them over.

1976 Commer were renamed as Dodge. Dodge gained a selection of vans and trucks from Commer

1990 Renault had taken over Dodge.

1993 Renault closed the Dunstable factory and production ceased.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1961 Guide to Key British Enterprises: Motor, Motor-Cycle and Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers