The Dillon Ocean Shipping Company was one of the businesses that managed to stay afloat during WWII, as there was no shortage in demand for logistics services during that time. However, Geoffrey Roderick Dillon had no love for plain logistics, but rather for cars.
As the country was brimming with production facilities that had been putting out military gear and were now no longer used as well as with engineers who were just as talented and experienced as they were unemployed, Dillon sensed an opportunity. In late 1945, he sold off the assets of his inherited business and founded Dillon Motors in Bramwick-upon-Lyne.
Dillon Motors was merely one among a plethora of upcoming car manufacturers in the still war-ravaged but bustling and optimistic Cowellia*, bubbling to the surface, often only to fade back into the murky depths of automotive oblivion a couple of years later. Would Dillon’s entrepreneurship and the ingenuity of his engineers prove enough for the company to persevere and carve the Dillon Name into the groundwork of the Cowellian car industry?
The lyre in the Dillon logo is Geoffrey’s tribute to his late wife Agnes Dillon, whom he had lost to pneumonia in the harsh winter of '44/'45. Although it wasn’t one of the several instruments Agnes played, to Geoffrey, who had a strong penchant for ancient Greek culture, it was a symbol of inspiration and thus a fitting means of making her spirit live on in his designs. Also, when tilted by 90 degrees, the lyre happens to form the letter “D”.
*Cowellia: Hypothetical Automationverse equivalent of Great Britain (which I totally didn’t make up as I went)
Note: Dillon Motors is a LC Brand, meaning that the cars will typically perform better and be cheaper to produce than sandbox cars due to tech pools, production plant parameters etc.
Current company time: 01.04.1977. No joke.