Five Fun Dodge Facts You Might Not Know

October 15th, 2019 by

The car business may seem like a mostly serious endeavor, but the industry actually has a rich – and sometimes even comical – history. Take Dodge, for example. One of the oldest car-makers in the world, the company has an interesting origin story, as well as a firm place in pop culture. Check out these five facts about Dodge you probably didn’t know.

1. It All Started with Bikes

The Dodge company dates back more than a century, and it was founded by brothers Horace and John Dodge. However, they didn’t start with cars; their first foray into business actually had them making bicycles in Windsor, Canada.

2. Next Came Stoves

When they closed the bike shop, the Dodge brothers didn’t immediately think about autos. For a while, they made parts for stoves.

3. The Dodge Charger Made Its Screen Debut in 1974

Despite what you think, the Dodge Charger didn’t make its first screen appearance in The Dukes of Hazzard (that would come five years later). Before that, it was actually on the big screen in the Peter Fonda film Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.

4. Dodge Cars Are Part of Music History

Speaking of The Dukes of Hazzard, Johnny Cash actually wrote the famous (or infamous) “General Lee” song. Other musicians/bands who’ve written songs referencing Dodge cars include Bruce Springsteen, Frank Zappa, and Lynyrd Skynrd.

5. Dodge Designed a Car Specifically for Women

Because more women started driving in the 1950s, Dodge tried to capitalize with the La Femme, which was released in 1955. The upholstery inside featured pink rosebuds and a pale pink vinyl trim. Each car also came with a pink calfskin purse that contained makeup, a comb, and a cigarette case.

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