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Dodge's 100th Birthday Gift : News

According to Dodge’s Twitter account, the company’s first vehicle rolled off the assembly line exactly 100 years ago Friday. How did they celebrate? With a 707-horsepower birthday gift: The company began shipping Challenger SRT Hellcats to dealers.

Brothers Horace and John Dodge had already been in the automotive business for 14 years when their first vehicle hit the streets. Founded in 1900, the Dodge Brothers Company manufactured engine and chassis components for Detroit’s many automakers, including Ford Motor Company.

The first car to wear the Dodge name, the Model 30, was a more advanced competitor to Ford’s Model T. Packing a 35-horsepower four-banger, an all-steel body, a modern sliding-gear transmission, and a 12-volt electrical system, the Model 30 was high-tech by 1914 standards. By 1916, Dodge was the number-two seller in U.S. auto sales, behind only Ford.

Dodge’s fascinating history takes a lot of twists and turns from there—the deaths of both founding brothers in 1920, the sale to Chrysler in 1928, and a whole saga of victories, losses, bankruptcies, mergers, and consolidations.

For gearheads, it all led up to Friday, when Dodge sent its first batch of face-melting 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcats to dealers.

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