Answered By: Archives & Library Staff @The Henry Ford
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 Views: 186

The production records in our collection give production details for individual vehicles covering some Model Ts (1909-1911) and some Lincolns (1920-1948 and 1956). For a list indicating which records still exist please see our website at: https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/production-records/

If you do not see the make, model, serial number or year your vehicle we will not have production information for your vehicle.  Please keep in mind that not all the runs listed are complete there are gaps in some of the series.

Production information varies, but may include serial and model type/number, assembly date, color and accessories. Model T records are on microfilm; other records are on cards, order sheets or ledgers. Data can be either photocopied or transcribed from a ledger to a prepared form. Shipment to a branch or dealer is sometimes noted on a record; very rarely is a buyer’s name noted.

Should you wish information about your car:

  • We ask that you first complete and return this form along with payment, $35.00 per vehicle. 
  • Note the vehicle engine/serial number as well as payment and method of delivery. 
  • Standard turnaround time for research, from receipt of payment and completed form, is two weeks. 

If you are looking for general research on your type of vehicle (such as can be found in product literature), we would be happy to see if we have anything in the collection.  However, we do charge $35/hour for the research service (includes 10 photocopies and shipping), and we ask for payment in-advance. If more than one hour of research is needed you will be contacted to authorize additional research time. We accept payment via check or credit card. If you are paying by check, make it out to The Henry Ford. If paying by credit card, you can fax the info to us at 313-982-6244. Please see our website for details about our research services and fees:  https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/services/remote/

We hope this information is of assistance and thank you for your interest in the collections of The Henry Ford.

Contact Us

To set up an appointment to visit the research center call (313) 982-6020 or write to us at research.center@thehenryford.org.

If you wish to do research from offsite, please contact us in writing. Fees apply to many research requests, and we will clarify this when we receive your request. For more information on cost please see our research services. Requests for information can be emailed, faxed or mailed:

Benson Ford Research Center
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI
48121-1970
USA

fax: (313) 982-6244