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Recently there was an auction of a collection of fine automobiles just down the road from me. This was amongst them! Very red...not sure how original that colour would be, but a rare beast in NZ. My pockets weren't deep enough.

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OD is over drive  I have one around here some where all rusted up and no good. Mine came out of a 1938 DeSoto. The instrument cluster is not right for a Dodge. I suppect it came from the same Chrysler or DeSoto the transmission did.

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MoToR 1947 has no mention of an overdrive for 1935-38 Dodge or Plymouth. The 1935-38 DeSoto and Chrysler did have an optional built-in OD. So if that is a Dodge and not a badge engineered DeSoto, the OD has been added, probably from a similar age DeSoto or Chrysler. It will be a Borg Warner unit.

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Car looks to have a '37 dash, much different than the'36 dashboards, even the export cars had the same dash as the domestic versions. Were any of these cars actually built in country or were they all imported?

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Todd Motors started assembling Dodges ca 1935 or 1936 so it may have been assembled here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automotive_industry_in_New_Zealand#Assembly_plants

 

I have seen a 1935 PJ Plymouth badged as a Chrysler here, with Chrysler hubcaps etc.

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I have a piece of sales literature from England indicating that overdrive was available there in a 1936 Dodge. That was a real surprise to me as there is no sign of OD being available in North American '36 Dodges. I have searched my  extensive parts literature and cannot see a reference to a 1936 Dodge OD anywhere. Very disappointing because I would like to add that feature to our D2 Coupe using a correct transmission.  So this may be correct if the sales literature is to be believed! Anyone else ever come across this?

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