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Vehicle Production Records
The production records in our collection give production details for individual vehicles. They can be used as proof of a vehicle’s authenticity and also as a source of information to trace the history of a vehicle to learn exactly when and where that vehicle was produced, what the original color and trim were, and more. Production records are arranged by vehicle number.
Which models have production information available?
In the summer of 1970, a museum fire destroyed many Ford Motor Company production records. The table below indicates which records still exist.
If you do not see the make, model, serial number, or year your vehicle was made in the list below, we do not have production information for your vehicle.
We do not have production information for Ford Mustangs.
Please keep in mind that not all of the runs listed below are complete.
Model Years Covered
ID or SERIAL no.
Ford Model T
1,119 to 70,920
Lincoln Model K
Model K 5711 to K 9674
H 86200 to H 136254
H 136255 to H 182129
Lincoln Mark II
C56-7-980 to C56-J-3348
Du Pont Motors Inc.
Ledger #0 Leland Ownership
1 to 3208
Ledgers #1-10 (repeats Leland and continues on with Ford)
Model L 1 to 72010
Model KB 1 to KB 1630
Some parts change notes, 1928 show motor numbers
circa model H1 to H136254
Model L 1 to 65687
Model L 66001 to 72041
And K, KA, KB
Shipping Dates Model L
Shipping Dates Model KA
Shipping Dates Model KB
Shipping Dates Model K
What production information will I find?
The information that is found in the production records varies depending on the type and time period of the vehicle. However, records may include the serial and model type/number, assembly date, color and trim information, ship date and accessories.
Details on the shipment of a vehicle to a branch or dealer are sometimes noted on a record.
We typically do not have information on the original or subsequent owners of the vehicles.
How are the production records stored?
The Model T records are stored on microfilm.
The other production records can be found on the original cards, order sheets, or ledgers.
Provide your serial number, make, model and body type (for Lincolns), and contact information.
Note how you would like the material delivered.
Payment may be made either by check payable to “The Henry Ford” or by credit card.
Benson Ford Research Center The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd Dearborn, MI 48121-1970 Phone: 313-982-6020 Fax: 313-982-6244 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How will I receive the production information?
You will receive either a photocopy or scan of the original card or information transcribed from the original ledgers onto prepared forms.
For Model T records, which are available only on microfilm, you will receive the best possible copies made from the microfilm printer as well as a transcribed version of the card.
What other information is available?
Although we do not have production records for the Ford Model A or V8, we do have engine ledgers that show when an engine number was produced. The ledgers do not include information on when the engine was put together with the vehicle.
We also have a database with shipping dates for early Ford models (1904-1910), which includes the model number and information on where the vehicle was sold.
Where can I go for more information?
Ford Model T engine production dates are available on the website of the Model T Ford Club of America’s http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/sernos.htm and also in the book Model T Ford: The Car That Changed the World by Bruce McCalley (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, c1994).
Ford Model A engine production dates (month and year) are available in the book The Ford Model "A": "As Henry Built It": A Color, Upholstery and Production Facts Book by George DeAngelis (South Lyon, Mich.: Motor Cities Pub. Co., 1991.).
Ford V8 and Model B engine production dates through 1938 (month and year) are available in the book The Early Ford V-8 as Henry Built It: A Production Facts Book 1932-38 by Edward P. Francis (South Lyon, Mich.: Motor Cities Pub. Co., c1982.).
The following books from the Car & Parts Magazine Matching Numbers Series can help you decode VIN numbers:
Catalog of American Car ID Numbers 1950-1959
Catalog of American Car ID Numbers 1960-1969
Catalog of American Car ID Numbers 1970-1979
Catalog of Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino ID Numbers, 1964-87
Catalog of Chevy Truck ID Numbers 1946-1972: Pickup, Suburban and El Camino
Catalog of Ford Truck ID Numbers, 1946-1972: Pickup and Ranchero
Catalog of Camaro ID Numbers 1967-93
Catalog of Chevy V8 Engine Casting Numbers 1955-93
Catalog of Corvette ID Numbers 1953-93
Catalog of Firebird ID Numbers, 1967-93
Catalog of Mustang ID Numbers, 1964 1/2-93
Catalog of Oldsmobile 4-4-2, W-Machines & Hurst/Olds ID Numbers 1964-1991
Catalog of Pontiac GTO ID Numbers 1964-74
Catalog of Thunderbird ID Numbers 1955-93
Ford production reports from 1967-1979 may be available through the commercial services of Marti Auto Works (http://www.martiauto.com/).