At the turn of the 20th century, the Dodge brothers, John and Horace, founded what would officially be known as the Dodge Brothers Company. They originally were a parts supplier for Detroit automakers, but in 1915, they began building their own complete vehicles.
The first Dodge vehicle was the Dodge Model 30, designed to be a more upscale competitor to the popular Ford Model T. It included numerous standard features, such as an all-steel body, a 12-volt electric system, a 35-horsepower engine, and so much more. Because of the high-quality of their vehicles, by 1916, the company already had the second-highest sales in the country.
Both Dodge brothers died at an early age in 1920, one from pneumonia, the other from cirrhosis. The company was then sold in 1925 to Dillon, Read & Co. After that, Chrysler bought the Dodge brand in 1928.