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Dodge History
In the early 1900s, two bicycle makers were destined to change the auto industry forever-- they were the Dodge brothers, John and Horace. They began their careers as bicycle machinists in their father's shop in Hamtramck, Michigan.
In 1901 they opened a machine shop in Detroit, making stove parts and, later, auto parts. The Dodge Brothers Company in 1910 established a large auto-parts plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. There the brothers made engines and other auto parts for the Ford Motor Company and for Olds Motor Works. Horace Dodge was responsible for a number of manufacturing innovations, including an oven that could bake enamel onto steel auto bodies.
Upon moving to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, they adapted their skills to meet the needs of the fledgling automotive industry and found success producing intricate auto parts. It wasn't long before John and Horace came to the attention of Henry Ford. He was so impressed with the brothers that he offered them one-tenth interest in his new motor car company. That partnership lasted for the next 12 years. The brothers then split from Ford to pursue their own interests in automobile manufacturing because, at the time, Ford cars were built with virtually all Dodge parts. When asked why he and his brother wanted to build their own car, John Dodge reportedly said, "Think of all the Ford owners who will someday want an automobile." In 1914, Dodge Brothers, Inc. was formed. In that first year, Dodge introduced the "Old Betsy," a rugged car built for reliability and durability. That year Dodge built a total of 249 new cars.
By 1920, the year in which both brothers died, Dodge was one of the industry's largest companies. The Dodge concern was purchased by Chrysler Corporation in 1928 and remains a division of Chrysler. It continued expanding its line of vehicles, which included the WWII Power Wagon - a vehicle that garnered enough acclaim to continue production a decade after the war. Through the years, Dodge has led the way with a number of styling and engineering advancements, including the first 140-horsepower "Red Ram" Hemi? V8 engine in the 1953 Coronet. In the 1960s and 1970s Dodge contributed to America's fascination with high-performance "muscle cars" by manufacturing the 505 Charger Daytonas for stock- car racing and as production cars.
Never forgetting the legacy the Dodge Brothers began by constructing durable and powerful cars, Dodge and Chrysler brought the domestic convertible back to the roads in the 80s in the form of the Dodge 400 and the Chrysler Lebaron. In the 90s, the eagerly anticipated Dodge Viper put the muscle back in "muscle cars." All of which soon culminated in the new, aggressive look on the Dodge Ram Pickup, Dodge Dakota and Dodge Durango.

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Chrysler History
The first Chrysler car was denied entry into the 1924 New York Auto show, however Walter P Chrysler parked his prototype in the lobby so passers by could see, it obviously worked, it became the first affordable car with a 4 wheel hydraulic brakes and a 6 cylinder engine. One year later the Chrysler Corporation was established.
During the 40ís Chrysler supplied allied forces with everything from tanks to aircraft engines to trailer-mounted anti aircraft guns. Chrysler also released the luxury-orientated town and Country just before production was halted in 1942 and was diverted towards war efforts.
Many innovations in Chryslerís car designed took place during the 1950ís, this included air-cooled brakes, the Hemi-head V8 engine and Hydraglide, which was the industryís first power steering unit. In 1955 NASCAR officials banned one of Chryslerís cars the C-300 from sanctioned racing, due to its superior power, due to its 300hp Hemi-head engine.
A new recruit came to Chrysler in the 1960s, Designer Elwood Engel, he was lured from Ford to reshape the Chrysler styling and created the 1963 Chrysler Turbine, also know as the ďEnglebirdĒ. Chrysler also won first in its class at the 1967 Mobil Economy Run for its Chrysler 300 series.
Chrysler faced a slump in the US auto industry in the 1970ís due to the Middle Eastern oil embargo and the fuel efficiency of Japanese imports. However hope rekindled for US automobiles when Lee Lacocca becomes Chrysler president in 1978.
Chryslerís first convertible was born in the 1980s, called the LeBaron it struck a chord with open air motorists. The K-Car platform vehicles (LeBaron) are so popular that the company produced a limousine version and a Town and country edition with wood-grain exterior panels.
Chrysler refines luxury with the 1990 Town and Country and defines innovation with 1993's cab-forward design and despite the mid-90s being touted as the end of the convertible; the company introduces the 1996 Sebring.
The Chrysler Corporation merges with European pioneers Daimler-Benz AG to form Daimler Chrysler, a world leader in transportation. 1999 marked 15 years of the Chrysler Minivan and the 75th anniversary of the company. That same year Motor-Trend names the 300M as the "Car of the Year."

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