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Dodge turns 100 today

by Bill Cawthon on


On July 1, 1914, Horace and John Dodge went into the automobile business, delivering their first car in November of that year.

Over the past century, Dodge has continued delivering. In peacetime and wartime, good times and bad times. You can read all about Dodge’s colorful history in the many articles on

You can also explore a century of Dodge vehicles, technology and people at

Dodge-100yr-Book-WebDodge is commemorating its centennial with an all-new line of merchandise and licensed products. More than 30 items are on sale now at, with other merchandise available at and other retailers across the country. The 100th anniversary merchandise features wearables and collectibles and all are available for purchase at

The “Dodge 100 Years” book is for die-hard Dodge enthusiasts and those interested in the history of a fascinating car company. It’s available now at, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and specialty outlets.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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