The Dodge Model 30 touring car was first produced by the Dodge Brothers Company in 1914 and marketed as a slightly more upscale competitor to the Ford Model T.
In 1916, the U.S. Army employed Dodge Brothers vehicles during their Pancho Villa (or Punitive) Expedition into Mexico. The Dodge Company gained some priceless publicity when Lt. George S. Patton employed three Dodge Model 30 touring cars in an ambush against Julio Cardenas, one of Villa’s most trusted subordinates; eventually returning to headquarters in Dublán with the bodies of Cardenas and two other Villistas tied to the hoods of the cars.
That old Dodge lying by the Hacienda de San Diego (located near Colonia Dublán) may well have come from the Pancho Villa Expedition – one of many ghosts from the past haunting McCarthy’s novel.
In a separate incident, Pancho Villa himself would die in a Dodge Brothers car, mysteriously assassinated while driving his black 1919 Dodge through the city of Parral on July 20, 1923.
Hernandez y Sifuentes – La Punitiva (The Punitive Expedition)