This Plymouth Duster Was the DHL’s First Delivery Car

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Three young men and an two-door Plymouth Duster formed the humble beginnings of DHL.

1969 Plymouth Duster - DHLs first delivery car
How did it all start? In 1969, just a few months after Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon, Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom, and Robert Lynn created a completely new industry by introducing the door-to-door express delivery service. They founded the company DHL – the three letters stand for the initials of their last names. Their extraordinary determination contributed to their success, as well as … the Plymouth Duster they were driving at that time!


Their mission was straight forward: The team would drive themselves around the streets of San Francisco collecting paper documents, hop on a commercial flight to Honolulu and hand-deliver to their customers.

DHL company founders - Adrian Dalsey, Larry Hillblom, and Robert Lynn
This entrepreneurial spirit was shared by family and friends, who helped the company to expand its services across borders to new territories.


A lot has changed in the DHL fleet since 1969. What started with Plymouth Duster whose unmatched doors later were salvaged from a junkyard has developed into a huge fleet. The company has grown from a small team of three founders and one car to company with more than 120,000 employees, more than 250 proprietary aircraft and 32,000 vehicles.

DHL fleet with their's first delivery car 1969 Plymouth Duster
Over five decades, DHL has become a global company with the founders’ three initials now an iconic brand known far and wide across the world.



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