UP FOR SALE IS A STUNNING 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD!
Ford unveiled the Thunderbird at the Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954. The first production car came off the line on September 9, 1954, and went on sale on October 22, 1954 as a 1955 model, and sold briskly; 3,500 orders were placed in the first ten days of sale. While only 10,000 were planned, 16,155 cars were sold in 1955.
The Thunderbird came with fender skirts and a removable fiberglass top as standard equipment, with a fabric convertible top as a commonly specified option. The engine was Ford's 292-cubic-inch OHV 292 Y-block V8, which got 18MPG of fuel economy. The exhaust pipes exited through twin bumper guards bolted to the rear bumper.
The car used existing chassis and suspension design and off-the-shelf Ford mechanical components. It was constructed using a body-on-frame technique utilizing a version of the standard Ford design cut-down to a 102-inch wheelbase identical to the Corvette's.
The engine was paired either with a Fordomatic automatic or manual overdrive transmissions, and the car featured four-way powered seats and pushbutton interior door handles. Other unique features were a telescoping steering wheel and a tachometer.
A rare domestic two-seater for the era, it was designed to be a brisk luxury tourer and not a sports car, capable of attaining speeds of 100 to 115 mph (161 to 185 km/h) depending on the transmission ordered.
1956 Ford Thunderbird
For the 1956 model year, more trunk space was added, the spare wheel was mounted outside (which helped free up trunk space), the exhaust tips were moved to the ends of the bumper, and air vents were added behind the front wheels to improve cabin ventilation. To improve rear-quarter visibility with the removable hardtop in place, "porthole" windows were available as a no-cost option. An optional 312 cu in (5.1 L) Y-block V8 was added as an option. Production total for 1956 was 15,631 units, the lowest of all three 2-seater Thunderbird model years.
THE T-BIRD HAS A LENGTHY LIST OF FEATURES.
THIS CAR IS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT.
THE T-BIRD IS ACCIDENT AND RUST FREE, AND THE ODOMETER SHOWS A LITTLE MORE THEN 34000 mls.. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THE CORRECTNESS OF THIS VALUE, BUT THE LAST OWNER INVESTED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO RESTORE THE T-BIRD BACK TO PERFECT CONDITION. IN THIS FULL DOCUMENTED RESTORATION PROCESS THE T-BIRD GOT A NEW ENGINE THAT IS NOW DRIVEN APPR. 5000 MLS.
IT COMES IN ONE OF ITS MOST SOUGHT AFTER COLOR COMBINATIONS WHITE WITH BLACK/WHITE INTERIOR.
IT IS TRULY A BEAUTIFUL AND SUPER ELEGANT CAR!
THE CAR IS VERY STRAIGHT WITH NO DINGS, DENTS OR DAMAGE.
ALL INTERIOR AREAS ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
THE WHEELS LOOK LIKE GORGEOUS, AS YOU SEE ON THE PICTURES, AND THE TIRES HAVE A LOT OF THREAD LEFT.
THE T-BIRD HAS NO KNOWN MECHANICAL ISSUES AT ALL!
EVERYTHING WORKS AS IT SHOULD.
THE T-BIRD HAS A VERY RARE A/C, THAT REALLY BLOWS COLD AND HAS A POWER-STEERING, ALSO REPLACED IN THE RESTORATION PROCESS.
THE T-BIRD DRIVES AND SHIFTS VERY SMOOTH LIKE YOU WOULD NOT EXPECT FROM A NOW 64 YEAR OLD CLASSIC CAR.
THIS IS A VERY NICE EXAMPLE OF A T-BIRD CONVERTIBLE, WITH A PERFECT SOFT-TOP, AND ALSO THE WHITE HARDTOP LOOKS PERFECT.
THE CAR IS WELL MAINTAINED, AND IT NEEDS NOTHING BUT A NEW OWNER!
WE TOOK A LOT OF PICTURES SO YOU CAN JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.
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