Here’s one for you lovers of old cars. Not the 1980s kind of old or even 1970s old. Heck, not even the 1930s old, this one is a 1927 Dodge Coupe and it’s a beauty. It’s posted on Craigslist in Bemidji, Minnesota with an asking price of $5,900 and it looks great to me. Can you identify the exact series and model of this one?
I’ve been scouring my “The Dodge Story” book (do any of you have those McPherson books?), and even the glorious internet, and I can’t seem to be able to nail down the exact Series and model of this car, and it’s killing me. I think this would be considered a “business coupe” because of the huge, full-length trunk as opposed to the smaller trunks, and due to some period literature that I ran across. It would be nice to have the VIN, but I believe that this is an early 1927 Series 126. Series 124 cars started later in 1927 and Series 124 business coupes didn’t appear to offer blue as a color choice. Dodge offered blue for its business coupes only on the January through April cars. Does anyone have an idea as to the exact model of this car? Is this an early-1927 Series 126 with its original hue, or a later-1927 Series 124 that was repainted a non-factory blue? Of course, that’s just a start, because then there were three models of each Series: Standard, Special, and DeLuxe. I’m sticking with an early-1927 Series 126 because of the blue, but it could have a non-factory paint color repaint. Confusing.
Whatever the heck model and series it is, this is one great looking car. I’m a huge fan of disc wheels so I’d want to source a set of those, but these painted, wood spoke wheels look good and hopefully they’re structurally sound. You can see that the spare tire is missing from the rear carrier, you’ll want to get one to complete the look for sure. The seller says that this car has “good rubber” so at least four of the tires are in good shape. For 1927, Dodge upped the ante by providing a jack, speedometer, electric horn, an ammeter, a theft-proof lock on the transmission, a rear tire carrier, rear view mirror, headlight dimmer, bumpers, and a complete tool kit as standard equipment!
Apparently, Dodge offered only one blue in their business coupe in 1927, “Gendarme Blue”, and the blue on this car seems like it’s a bit bright and/or light to me to be a factory color? It looks like a similar blue to a 1929 Chevrolet 1-ton pickup that I lost out on a few weeks ago when someone hit the buy-it-now button, a mistake that I’ll never make again. Dodge would have had “Dodge Blue” with the classic black fenders on most of their models, along with several other colors available. In 1927 these cars came with white gauges with black numbers so if you don’t see that you’re looking at a 1926 or earlier car. Unless someone changed their gauges.. sneaky, sneaky.. There isn’t much to see on the interior and since this is the only photo it’s all there is to see. But, things look crisp, clean, and tidy and in great condition. The carpet obviously isn’t factory but it’s probably a nice thing to have, especially with the sandy/dirt area where this car resides. Here’s what a lot of these interiors look like so this one is pretty special. This price is looking better and better.
Dodge offered this 212 cubic-inch inline-four with around 24 hp for a few years. The seller says that this one “runs and drives” and this car has been in storage for years, maybe that explains the photos that are dated in previous years. I won’t get any sleep until one of you correctly identifies this car! What do you think of this one? It sure looks clean and nice for the price.