Before there was HELLCAT there was HEPCAT: One-of-six ’29 Senior Six Sport Roadsters produced by Dodge.
By Cliff Gromer Photos by TheBruntBros
1928 was a watershed year for Chrysler Corp. Plymouth and DeSoto models were intro’d that year and Chrysler acquired Dodge from Dillon Read. Dodge had their ’28 lineup in the works before the sale and the models came on line as planned. Dodge had their own big news for ’28: their first 6-cylinder engine, and a new top-of-the-line luxury model with that engine, riding on a 116- inch wheelbase dubbed the Senior Six.
The Senior Six continued in ’29 in several body styles, the coolest (and rarest) of which was the Sport Roadster. Dodge made only six of them. The wheelbase had grown to 120 inches and the 241.5 cubic inch Six cranked out a respectable 78 horsepower.
Dodge was noted for their all-stamped steel bodies, but other coach builders got into the act creating bodies on the Dodge chassis. One such builder was Murray, who built their bodies out of wood covered with a metal skin.
The rare ’29 Senior Six Sport Roadster featured here belongs to Jim and Bonnie Ford. Jim has been “fooling around” with old