Canadian Model T Fords

The Ford Motor Company of Canada was founded in 1904. The company was located in Walkerville, Ontario and was originally known as the Walkerville Wagon Company. The Ford Motor Company of Canada was set up to manufacture Ford automobiles for Canada and the British Empire. The Ford Motor Company in Detroit transferred the patent and selling rights to the new company, in order to avoid the tariff rates for non-British Empire countries.

Ford of Canada were the suppliers of cars to the entire British Empire, except for Great Britain. As a result, Canadian built Model T cars are found all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand.

Before 1913, Canadian built Model Ts used engines sent up from the Highland Park plant, and the serial numbers were a subset of the U.S. numbers. The “Made in U.S.A.” was ground off the blocks of cars assembled in Canada. In 1913 Ford Canada began casting their own blocks and assigned Canadian-specific serial numbers, starting with C1. Records on Canadian cars and engines are incomplete and it is very difficult to determine now with any accuracy Canadian production data. That being said, however, we have the following figures from “Model T Ford, The Car That Changed The World”, By Bruce W. McCalley LCCN:93-80697, which is a must read for any Model T enthusiast.

The Ford Motor Company of Canada was founded in 1904. The company was located in Walkerville, Ontario and was originally known as the Walkerville Wagon Company. The Ford Motor Company of Canada was set up to manufacture Ford automobiles for Canada and the British Empire. The Ford Motor Company in Detroit transferred the patent and selling rights to the new company, in order to avoid the tariff rates for non-British Empire countries.

Ford of Canada were the suppliers of cars to the entire British Empire, except for Great Britain. As a result, Canadian built Model T cars are found all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand.

Before 1913, Canadian built Model Ts used engines sent up from the Highland Park plant, and the serial numbers were a subset of the U.S. numbers. The “Made in U.S.A.” was ground off the blocks of cars assembled in Canada. In 1913 Ford Canada began casting their own blocks and assigned Canadian-specific serial numbers, starting with C1. Records on Canadian cars and engines are incomplete and it is very difficult to determine now with any accuracy Canadian production data. That being said, however, we have the following figures from “Model T Ford, The Car That Changed The World”, By Bruce W. McCalley LCCN:93-80697, which is a must read for any Model T enthusiast.

Canadian Production Numbers

1909-1910 1,280
1910-1911 2,805
1911-1912 6,388
1912-1913 11,584
1913-1914 15,657
1914-1915 18,771
1915-1916 32,646
1916-1917 50,043
1917-1918 46,914
1918-1919 39,112
1919-1920 55,616
1920 (Aug – Dec) 15,626
1921 42,349
1922 50,266
1923 79,115
1924 71,726
1925 79,244
1926 100,611
1927 37,677

Canadian Serial Numbers

May 1, 1913 to July 31, 1913 C1-C1500
Aug. 1, 1913 to July 31, 1914 C1501-C16500
Aug. 1, 1914 to July 31, 1915 C16501-C37500
Aug. 1, 1915 to July 31, 1916 C37501-C70000
Aug. 1, 1916 to July 31, 1917 C70001-C121000
Aug. 1, 1917 to July 31, 1918 C121001-C170000
Aug. 1, 1918 to July 31, 1919 C170001-C208500
Aug. 1, 1919 to July 31, 1920 C208501-C262500
Aug. 1, 1920 to May 31, 1921 C262501-C299500

The Ford production figures up until 1921 follow their fiscal year from August to July of the following year, and after 1921 follow calendar year.