Car History 4U

Model T Ford

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9.3.22 Assembled Abroad

    • Toward the end of the the 1920s the Model T was being assembled abroad at 20 plants (assembly start date shown in brackets).

    • Parts supplied from USA:

    • France (1913).

      • Model T assembly began in 1913 in the Bordeaux premises owned by the French Ford agent Henri Depasse.

      • In May 1916 the Automobiles Ford Company was established and in July they acquired Depasse’s Bordeaux factory.

      • In 1925 the company moved to a new factory at Asnières, Paris.

      • A fire in 1920 destroyed the production records. Between 1921 and 1927 a total of 78,731 Model Ts were produced.

      • It is estimated that between 125,000 and 150,000 were produced between 1913 and 1927.

    • BrazilSao Paulo (1919). More info required

    • Denmark (1919).

      • Assembly of the Model T started in Copenhagen in October 1919, initially producing 14 per day.

      • By 31 December a total of 700 Touring models had been produced. Note: The first petrol station was built in Denmark in 1919.

      • Between 1919 and 1922 a total of 164 Model Ts were exported to Iceland. 

      • A moving assembly plant established on 15 November 1924, increasing Model T production from 140 to 225 per day.

      • In 1925 10,561 Model T's were exported to Germany.

      • Models produced in Denmark in 1925 include the Runabout, Touring, Coupe, Tudor Sedan and Fordor Sedan.

      • A total of 109,783 Model T cars and trucks were assembled in Denmark up to August 1927.

    • Belgium – The Ford Motor Company was formed in Antwerp in January 1922.  Assembly of the Model T is believed to have started in 1924. Is the 1924 date correct?

      Belgium Model T

    • IrelandCork (1923).

      • About 10,000 Model Ts were assembled up to 1927.

    • Italy Trieste (January 1923). More info required

    • Spain Cadiz (from April 1920) and then from Barcelona (1923 or 1925).

    • Germany Berlin (1925).

      • Model T truck first produced in 1925, then the Model T car from January 1926 (which model?).

      • About 9,000 Model Ts were produced in Berlin.

    • Japan - Yokohama (January 1925). More info required

    • ArgentinaBuenos Aires (1925).

      • Parts were imported, semi assembled, from the US; with 20% produced locally. 

      • By 1927 a total of 100,000 Model Ts had been assembled in Argentina.

    • MexicoMexico City (1925). More info required

    • Parts supplied from Canada:

    • South Africa – Port Elizebeth (1923). More info required

    • Australia (1925).

      • A total of 24,301 Model T cars and trucks were assembled in Geelong, Victoria. A total of 29,000 has also been reported.  Breakdown of types required.

        Australia - Geelong Launch

      • The assembly line was 130 feet (40 meters) long. When it opened in July 1925 about 30 vehicles a day were produced.

      • Initially Model T bodies were built by Holdens of Australia. From late 1925 / early 1926 Ford Australia produced their own bodies.
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