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DB Six – Dodge Brothers Senior Six Opera Coupé

Five years after the Dodge Brothers, Horace and John, died unexpectedly due to unrelated causes their widows sold the company to Dillon, Read & Co in, up to the time, the largest ever cash transaction involving some US$ 146 million. At the end of 1925 Dillon, Read & Co also acquired a majority in Graham Inc and the three Graham brothers worked for Dodge Brothers until 1927 when Dodge introduced it’s first 3.6 litre / 244 cui six cylinder models.

Dodge Brothers, Senior Six Opera Coupe, VSCC, Castle Combe

The L head six produced 60 hp and complemented the 40 hp Fast four in the Dodge range which was loosing market share falling from second largest manufacturer in 1920 to 7th place by 1927 prior to Chrysler’s acquisition of Dodge Brothers in 1928.

Dodge Brothers, Senior Six Opera Coupe, VSCC, Castle Combe

Identifying the exact age of today’s Senior Six Opera Coupé, seen at Castle Combe a couple of years ago, has proved extremely difficult officially it’s listed as a 1929 model however I have only been able to match it to models with the distinctive horizontal bonnet / hood vents dated 1927 and 1928.

If you know the exact years the horizontal vent Sixes were in production please do not hesitate to chime in below.

Thanks for joining me on this “DB Six” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !