Named the “Beauty Winner”by the Dodge company, the 1936 Dodge made significant changes compared to the 1935 car.
This 4 door showed a roomier interior with chair height seats , rounder convex radiator grills, chrome striping along the hood and more aerodynamic lights. The suspension was improved and the headlights were upgraded for safer night time driving.
Dodge continued the 1935 217 cid 6 cylinder engine which was rated at a whopping 87 hp. This Beauty was a winner! Priced from $640 .
Sounds quite affordable to us in 2020 right! Consider that the average annual salary was $1713.00, the average cost of a new home was $3295.00 and monthly rent was $24.00.
This “Beauty Winner” was not a cheap car. The 1936 Willys was the low price leader at $395.
In 1936, The world was struggling to come out of the Great Depression, unemployment still remained at 16%, Germany hosted the XI th Olympic Games, the rights to the games were won in 1931 before Hitler rose to power . Berlin wrestled the right to host from Barcelona, to which Spain boycotted the games.
Hitler wanted to forbid any country that was not of Aryan decent from participating. Faced with the threat that every country would boycott, he backed down.
Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals in track and field, besting the Germans who managed the bronze medals. Hitler was not pleased and refused to shake Jesse Owens hand.
Other events in 1936 included the inaugural sailing of the Queen Mary, the Hoover dam was completed and King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry the twice divorced American ,Wallis Simpson .
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