With a rocky position in the early 1930s, Dodge quickly found itself second best to the Plymouth and DeSoto line-ups. By 1935, Dodge took a new approach to its cars and began to streamline its designs. This new styling saw sales jump which kept Doge in the game and helped to keep its popularity afloat for a little while longer. Enter the 1936 Dodge Touring Sedan.
Changes to the 1936 Dodge Touring Sedan
Dodge’s new streamlined style wasn’t the only change for this new generation. The 1936 model featured more rounded grilles, chrome strips on the hood and more aerodynamic headlamps. The inside of the car went through some stylistic changes too with the dashboard now featuring a larger speedometer in the middle and the added featured of being wired for a radio antenna.
Despite all these changes, the engine stayed the same: a 217 cubic inch six-cylinder that produced approximately 87 hp. The four-door sedan style proved to be incredibly popular and accounting for around 65% of sales that year.
The beauty of pre-war cars like this Dodge are evident in many restoration projects that you can see at shows, car cruises and competitions. The preconceived idea that this generation of car is un-drivable is something that many owners would disagree with. In fact, the 1936 Dodge Touring Sedan drives like any other modern car and is a testament to a bygone era. It’s a simple pleasure.
Not only do I love the color of this car, but that streamlined body pays homage to the origins of the humble 1936 Dodge Touring Sedan. It’s not just a case of restoring some old car but this particular project has been done with a fine attention to detail. The modern modifications such as the green details rims are a great contrast to that bright paintjob.
And as much as I do love the green rim, I personally love the high grille, chrome trim and the way the headlamps blend into the front of the body. It not only gives a great car character but really adds a finishing touch to a classic custom car.