Ford of Britain marks 80 years of production at its Dagenham complex. Edsel Ford, son of company founder Henry Ford, broke ground for the facility in May 1929 and its first vehicle, a Model AA truck, rolled off the production line Oct. 1, 1931. Since then, almost 11 million vehicles and more than 38 million engines have been built at Dagenham. The 475-acre (192-ha) site, Ford's largest U.K. production complex and one of the country's main automotive centers, houses an engine plant, a ...

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