Lincoln In A Box
By Jim and Cheryl Farrell
A lot of Fords were built overseas. Some were assembled from parts sent to facilities where there was no Ford factories. Today, Fords are built almost everywhere around the world, but Lincolns are manufactured only in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and now China.Production records are incomplete.
Cars shipped overseas were not usually separated out in whatever records were kept. Available records identify about 400 1932 Lincolns shipped to Russia that year. Some 900 new 1936 Lincoln-Zephyrs also went overseas. So far, those are about the only detailed records that have been found.
Often, export model Lincolns were equipped differently (metric speedometers, high-output generators, stronger jacks, etc.) and they almost always carried heavy-duty tires, tire pumps, and other parts designed for the terrain of the destination country.
The accompanying photos show two 1947 Lincolns boxed and ready for shipment overseas. From the writing on one box, we know that it was on its way to the Belgian Congo. but that’s all we know. So far few records have been located indicating what Lincolns were shipped where.
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Photos courtesy of Ford Archives.
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