The Ford Motor Company began intercontinental production on this day in 1911 when the first English Ford Model T left a factory in Trafford Park, Manchester, England, the first Ford assembly plant outside of North America. Three years after production started here, Britain’s received its first moving assembly line at the plant. This allowed the factory to pump out more than 20 Model T Fords per hour.
An expansion of the plant after World War I significantly increased manufacturing capabilities. By the beginning of the 1920s 41 percent of all registered cars in Britain were Fords. To further improve production numbers, Henry Ford demanded a a plant with better access to a deep water port. His dream came true with the completion of a new facility on the River Thames in Dagenham in 1923. Ford still operates a production facility in Dagenham, as well plants in Bridgend and Halewood.