Gordon Vann's 1917 Dodge

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Gordon's roadster at a Oakland School Board meeting March 23, 1950. Seated with Vann in the roadster is Tom McManus, looking on at right are Ezra Ehrhardt and Jim Jordon. Photo from the Oakland Tribune.[1]

1917 Dodge roadster owned and restyled by Gordon Vann of Gordon Vann's Body Shop. Gordon's roadster was modified with a DeSoto grille and Merucry power. According to Andy Graybeal, that helped Gordon design a couple of cars between 1953 and 1954, Gordon was a non-conformist. If you look at his 1917 Dodge roadster, he could have found a number of T-buckets and 1932 Ford radiator shells to use when he built the roadster, but he wanted an original.

Gordon entered his Dodge at the first Oakland Roadster Show in 1950.


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