The Dodge Luxury Liner (also the Dodge D11 Series, and later Dodge D14/D17 Series) was a large-sized passenger car from the American automotive firm Dodge that was introduced in October 1938. It was thenceforth manufactured until 1940, when it became replaced by the Dodge Deluxe and Dodge Custom.
D11 Series (October 1938-October 1939)
The car, like the precedent D8 Series, was equipped with a 3569cc inline six-cylinder side-valve engine capable of generating 87 bhp (64 kW) of output at 3600 rpm. Engine power was transmitted from a single dry plate clutch to a three-speed gearbox, and from there to the rear wheels. Upon request, a semi-automatic transmission was available.
Two versions of the vehicle were built, the simpler Special and the better-equipped Deluxe. Both were built onto a rather short chassis with a wheelbase of 2972 mm. However, an additional "long-bodied" version of the Deluxe was offered with a 3404 mm wheelbase. The Special was only offered as a two- and four-door sedan and two-door business coupe, whereas the Deluxe was additionally sold in three coupe variants with 2, 4, or 5 seats. The "long" Deluxe was available as a seven-seater sedan and five-seater Pullman sedan.
Stylistically, the Luxury Liner differed from its predecessor. Its headlamps were integrated into the fenders, and the car featured a wide radiator grille with slightly tilted horizontal chrome bars.
D14/D17 Series (October 1939-October 1940)
A revised version of the Luxury Liner was presented in 1939, and the Special (D17) and the Deluxe (D14) had received their own model numbers. The wheelbase of the short chassis was increased to 3035 mm, and the long-chassis Deluxe now rode on a wheelbase of 3543 mm. The chrome radiator grille was now extended upwards. In addition to the body styles already offered for the deluxe, a two-door convertible with five seats was also available.