"Europe's largest car plant
Construction started at Dagenham in 1929, and in October 1931, Britain's and Europe's largest car plant opened producing the Ford Model AA truck and Model A car. This was at the height of the Great Depression and the Model A was too expensive to tax and run in Britain and very few were sold, only five in the first three months. A smaller car was urgently needed and this came in 1932 with the 933 cc Model Y, a car much more suited to the market and becoming in 1935 Britain's first £100 car. This was Ford's first car specifically designed for sale outside North America. Between 1932 and 1937 over 157,000 were made at Dagenham and Cork and at its peak it captured 41% of its market sector."