Nestled in the south Similkameen Valley, somewhere near Cawston, B.C. we came across a cache of Dodges and their Canadian cousins: Fargo. Export Dodge trucks were sold as Fargo; in Canada, these were very similar to the U.S. models. Overseas, at various times, the Fargo name adorned some very different vehicles, including some that weren’t Mopars at all (like Turkish Fargo).
Dodge trucks were common in Canada, too, being sold there in addition to Fargos as well as coming across the border in southern B.C. This one is the 1939-47 style – it’s a pre-war model, judging from the design of the center chrome part of the grille, which was wider at the bottom in post-war models.
1941 Dodge Truck Advertisement
The Dodge Power-Wagon was derived from military 4X4′s produced by Dodge for the U.S. Army, and for export to China during the war. These guys look like earlier examples, possibly late 1940s vintage.
1949 Dodge Power Wagon Brochure
Further along in our journey, near Kaslo, B.C., we came across this 1955 (?) Dodge set up with a drilling rig. Back then the Dodge and Fargo trucks came in 1/2 ton to 2-3/4 ton sizes similar styling. We’re lucky enough to have a selection of these in brochure form on the Old Car Manual Project site. Note that the 6-cylinder trucks in this series used the globe emblem on the front of the hood, while the V-8 trucks shouted out with a big V-8 badge.
1955 Dodge Truck Brochures
“Canadians will find in the Frontenac a six passenger automobile offering significant operating economies and increased handling ease without sacrifice of style, passenger comfort or convenience.”
It will be powered by a modern design, short stroke six cylinder engine producing 90 horsepower.
Gas mileage for the Frontenac will be superior to any conventional North American-type passenger cars now being produced. Latest company continent-wide road tests of pilot models have revealed an average gas mileage of 32 miles per Imperial gallon. These tests represent a combination of city and highway driving in which the driving habits of the average driver has been simulated as closely as possible. At constant highway speeds the tests showed a better than 32 miles per gallon average, while constant stop and start city driving resulted in a slightly lower average.
The Frontenac is equipped with 13-inch wheels, a 12-volt electrical system, parallel operating windshield wipers which eliminate “blind spots” in the centre of the windshield, a luggage compartment with 24.5 cubic feet of space (20 per cent more than the average for the most popular imported cars), a deep-dish safety steering wheel, standard-car size instruments and controls and seat covering resistant to scuffing, tearing, staining and dirt penetration.
(From the Alberta Automotive Retailing News, November, 1959)
1960 Ford Frontenac Brochure