Perfection: 1927 Dodge Brothers 128 Coupe

Sometimes a missed opportunity sticks in your head and you can’t shake it out. Almost a year ago I ran across a somewhat similar car to this 1927 Dodge Brothers Series 128 coupe and I didn’t jump on it and have regretted it ever since. This gorgeous example is listed on eBay with a bid of $8,900 and the reserve isn’t met. There is a buy-it-now price of $19,500 and it’s located in Castle Rock, Colorado. In case you were wondering, recent private sales and auctions have shown cars in similar condition to sell in the $20,000 range, give or take a couple of thousand.

Man, what a car! This Dodge had a very high-end, “high dollar restoration and it was restored to original condition.” The price certainly reflects such quality work and you can see the optional Motometer in this photo. It was one of the few options for the Fast Four Series 128, along with a rear bumper, wipers, and a heater. What an era! A spare tire carrier would have been standard equipment and there is no word if one is included with the sale or not.

I can’t imagine that there is a nicer example of a 1927 Dodge Fast Four Series 128 rumble seat coupe in the US, or anywhere else for that matter. I can see this car going overseas to Sweden or maybe Denmark but I’d rather see it go into our garage. “Yeah, it looks nice, but what does the underside look like, Scotty G?”.. It’s funny that you should ask, the underside is just as nice as the overside is! I mean, as the rest of the car is.. The seller, who I’ve chatted with and is a heck of a nice guy, says that there is “absolutely no rust on the car at all.”

This is not a business coupe because it has a rumble seat. I had a similar identification problem with another blue 1927 Dodge back in March of 2017, in trying to nail down the exact model and trim level. I’m almost positive that this car is a Fast Four Series 128 rumble seat coupe. The Fast Four model was made for 1927 and 1928. Not to mention that it helps to have this book included with the sale… The Series 128 would have had two-wheel brakes and in 1928 Dodge included hydraulic brakes on all four wheels for their Series 129 cars. In further decoding this car using the VIN, it appears to have been built between August 6, 1927 and September 22, 1927.

The interior is drop-dead gorgeous, what a restoration! The black-on-white gauges appear to be correct for the year and it just looks perfect inside, right down, I mean up, to the headliner. I have a thing for disc wheels as opposed to wood spoke, or artillery, wheels, but they look great on this car.

This is Dodge’s “Fast Four” 212.3 cubic-inch L-head inline-four with around 44 hp. The seller mentions having a video of this car in action for any prospective buyers. It doesn’t appear that this car needs anything but a new owner. I would love to own a Dodge Brothers coupe from this era, have any of you ever owned one?

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Comments

  1. doug

    It is indeed a fast four engine, a nice one at that.

  2. On and On On and On Member

    Hmmmm. I don’t get this one, cars of this era are declining in value. It may be clean, but is that color anything that came from 1927? Also galvanized hardware gleaming all over the body and bumper brackets. Wire ties and wire shrouds? Is this what Europeans are looking for? If so I’ve got a better one for less dough, and much more rare. What am I missing here. I’ve seen great looking and beautifully restored Model A’s for less.

    • Mark S. Member

      Model A’s are less because they are plentiful. Plymouths are not. The fact is these were better made more advanced engines, and had nicer styling. I’m not sure why they didn’t sell better back in its day. Oh yea the fords were Cheeper back then, another good reason for them to be Cheeper now.

    • Solosolo KEN TILLY Member

      I should think so On and ON. Model A’s are like backsides, everybody has one, but very few have a 1927 Dodge 128 Coupe.

    • LAB3

      The color was what hit me first. Not that I’m that big on 100% original anything but a period correct color does make a big difference in the looks of a classic car, motorcycles too.

  3. jw454

    This is reminiscent of a color that the Petty Race Team created many years ago.

  4. Classic Steel

    I love the color and the design of this 27 Dodge coupe. The all original is super cool! Sadly these do not bring the high dollars they deserve

    I myself only disappointment is that I myself have an older coupe to hot rod (because its missing so many pieces) and was hoping this would help me decode mine being non suicide door.
    It was mentioned possibly years back that it was a 27 Chrysler but they usually have suicide doors.
    This dodge non suicide has similar traits but sadly the dash instrument oval is more round. :-(
    This one is stored in a farm setting and in a tool shed not a barn… but been there for decades in the dry. I hope someday to see one with similar dash and body designs.

    I wish the person luck on selling their gorgeous coupe.

    • glen

      Obviously a seller would want a high dollar value, but everybody complains that prices are getting too high these days. Give me “cheep”, any day.

  5. glen

    Is Sweden and Denmark where old cars go to retire?

  6. Coventrycat

    If the first pic was in black and white, it could be right outta the “Grapes of Wrath”. Nice looking car.

  7. Joe Haska

    A nice old Car, certainly not a high dollar or correct restoration, or complete. The interior is nice and the fabric is OK for a, representing the era, not original. Model A bumpers did not come on Dodge cars. The top insert is re-done but not original. The car could have been blue with black fenders, who knows , but probably not that shade. A nice old car that has been saved, but not restored, as in high caliber restoration, and certainly not one worth $20,000. I would say this car would be on par with a similar model, but not more. $10,000 could be the number, if you really like it!

  8. Brakeservo

    Yeah, that upholstery looks SO WRONG.

  9. m vickery

    Neat looking car.. I recently read an article about the Dodge brothers suing Ford because Henry Ford wouldn’t issue a dividend. They won, and it’s partially what they used to start producing cars. They had a long relationship with Ford, as an engineering concern they helped develop the Model T, then got frustrated when Ford basically stopped development. They had taken stock in lieu of getting paid at times which was why they owned Ford stock.
    There was a line in the ruling where they won their lawsuit against Ford that basically said that a corporation was set up to benefit shareholders, which kind of set a precedent.

  10. Jay C Calk

    I heard these old Dodge Brothers cars the shifting was backward of the standard H pattern?

  11. Alan

    Whoever wins, please be sure to register and join the Dodge Brothers Club of America…http://www.dodgebrothersclub.org/

  12. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Great call on the value Joe Haska. I do not follow the values of these but it seems cheap for what you get. Ended: Jan 13, 2018 , 8:41PM
    Winning bid:US $9,227.00
    [ 4 bids ]

  13. Ron

    Scotty G,
    My name’s Ron. I own a Dodge 128 Coupe. It’s a really nice car with an older restoration. When I take it to the Car Shows, people love it. I was thinking of selling it soon.

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    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      Hi Ron, If you do decide to sell it, please consider listing it right here on Barn Finds! We would love to see it go to a good home with one of our readers!

  14. Chris B

    Hi Ron, there’s a good chance this is the car my grandfather restored starting in the early 70s. I remember growing up, he’d take me for rides in it. He was mostly a Model A restorer, but did this Dodge, too. I have a few pics of the car both pre-and post-restoration, and this looks like it could be it. Please email me if you still have this car, I’d love to chat with you about it. Thanks!

    • Ron Petiya

      Hi Chris,
      This is Ron. I still have the 1927 Dodge you believe was your grandfathers. I would love to chat about it. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you.

      • Chris B

        Ron,
        Please email me at 72dodge340 at gmail dot com, and I’ll find and scan the couple pics I have of the car pre-restoration and send you my grandfather’s name to see if it could possibly be his. It would be amazing to have tracked it down after all these years, but even if it’s not his, it looks just like it! Thank you – Chris

  15. Chris B

    Ron,
    Please email me at 72dodge340 at gmail dot com, and I’ll find and scan the couple pics I have of the car pre-restoration and send you my grandfather’s name to see if it could possibly be his. It would be amazing to have tracked it down after all these years, but even if it’s not his, it looks just like it! Thank you – Chris

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