Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1927 Dodge Series 128 Coupe
Building chassis with numerous innovations to start out, the Dodge brothers soon grew tired of being under Henry Ford's thumb and filed a lawsuit against him. Eventually winning and taking those funds to start their own company. Due to their innovations, they quickly rose to number two on the auto manufacturing scene and all was going well. In fact, so well that in 1928 Chrysler came calling and purchased the company, and the rest is history.
For consignment a relic of the past, pre Chrysler in the form of a series 128 coupe, also known as the "fast four" due to its powerful 4-cylinder engine. This example is well cared for, and all original with a restoration done at some point in the past. A 30 year old paint job holds very well, and original interior shows like nearly new. Definitely worth a look for the collector.
An all steel body totally rust free, and with well minded gaps, the straight panels are bathed in single stage blue over black, holding well from 30 years ago. No obvious chips or scratches. Front and optional rear bumpers are on and looking shiny and mirror like and single headlight casing off of either side of the shiny radiator surround are 12 volt and still have their dimmer switch which works perfectly. A rear taillight is on (an option in 1927!) and the vinyl top has been replaced by an OEM top and OEM side steps and running boards made from the same materials as Dodge produced it in 1927. The factory fuel gauge on the tank no longer functions so a float repair may be in order. Window glass and surrounds are framing in black and no rust is seen, and glass is near perfect. On back behind the trunk is a wheel less spare tire which can replace any of the other 4 which are 19-inch wooden spoke wheels in deep blue, with some pinstriping on each spoke.
Opening one of the two doors, a covering of black woven textured material creates the panels. Windows still move up and down flawlessly, a testament to the Dodge Brother's quality of build. Inside the small passenger compartment is an original black leather bench, in a wide tuck and roll pattern with no tears and looking very nice. In front a blue painted metal dash houses original gauges within a simple chrome bezeled oval cluster which all are functioning, (amps, and oil pressure). A shiny nicely preserved bakelite steering wheel fronts this dash. Floors are covered in clean black carpeting, and a tall shift lever rises proudly from the center.
A peek under each side of the cowled hood and we have revealed to us a 44hp L head 4-cylinder in 212ci displacement mill. It is bathed in near perfect green paint and has the original Stewart 1-barrel carburetor and vacuum fuel system (while still in place has been bypassed and now an electric fuel pump feeds the engine). We also note most of the engine accessories are still in place including the correct North East generator, ignition, and electrical system. A 3-speed manual transmission is on back and is also original to the car.
As expected nicely preserved with no rust and structural integrity like the day it left the factory. Leaf sprung suspension is all round, and mechanical drum brakes are on the rear only.
Much to my chagrin this great example of Dodge Brother technology does not fire up. Extensive time has been taken here at the Classic Auto Mall to get this girl running but no luck was to be had. Notes for the future owner: New spark plugs and wires were installed and the coil is producing a nice bluish white spark when held to ground. The points have been filed and produce a nice spark when the engine is cranked. When a sparkplug is removed there appears to be sufficient spark at the plug. The carburetor was removed and thoroughly cleaned (choke unstuck, all passages cleaned and when the bowl was filled with carb cleaner we could move the archaic accelerator pump and the cleaner drew out of the bowl. The fuel tank was drained, and fresh fuel was added to the tank although the tank should definitely be cleaned properly to ensure a clean fuel system).
Possibly one of the finest examples of this Series 128 from 1927 in the entire country, right here at Classic Auto Mall. Beautifully restored at one point but now in need of some mechanical TLC to get her running again. Beauty and touring awaits you in this Fast Four!
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