1956 Ford Thunderbird Roadster
1956 Ford Thunderbird Roadster
The Thunderbird and the Corvette have a long and sorted history, with both initially competing for the same customer space. Eventually the Corvette went to racing, and the Thunderbird became the boulevard king. The ultimate getaway car from the kids with only 2 seats, as well as the option to have a hardtop traveler, or a convertible cruiser, it became the “it” car for mid-1950's suburbia.
If you're looking for a sweet 50s-era classic that's valuable, fun to drive and has the ability to turn Main Street into an instant classic car show then this is “it” for you. An all Fiesta Red exterior with white and red interior and a white convertible, you will think you are driving down the street in a red tuxedo! Oh, don't forget we will be bringing up the rear with that Continental rear bumper complete with covered rear tire.
Fiesta Red Gloss covers the entire bodywork and hardtop, which have some minor chipping and rust forming on the driver's front fender. A continental kit has been added to the rear, which presents in good condition. Chrome and brite work are noteworthy in that they present in very nice condition. A hood scoop with chromed intake peeks out from the top and adds flair to the long hood. Front bumper is straight and true, and 2 mini dagmars are attached in front of a smiling grille. On the rear, small fins sprout from the rear quarter panels, and end at the large chromed continental bumper, and tire cover. Medium wide white sidewall tires wrap Kelsey Hayes wire wheels and hubcaps. Fender skirts with chrome accents adorn the rear and add to the “thin body” look of this car. The top sports a porthole window. A white convertible top is seen tucked behind the interior bench seat and has a few tears in it particularly where they rub over the frame for the up and down motion.
A very nicely restored interior begins with a bench seat with white vertical tuck and roll inserts are surrounded by smooth red vinyl bolsters. This motif creates the illusion of 2 seats, when in fact there is just one. Door panels are draped with machined aluminum and white tuck and roll horizontal vinyl, and are in very nice condition. The red topped dash has the machined aluminum as well but in a swirl pattern and houses a Town and Country radio. Gauge cluster is neat and clean and is fronted by an original steering wheel. The floor shifter resides in a sea of good condition deep red carpeting, with nicely stitched Thunderbird logo floor mats. The headliner in the hardtop is also in nice condition.
A 312ci V8 mill sits nicely in a clean engine bay. It is topped with a 4-barrel carburetor and chromed air cleaner cover. Other highlights include Thunderbird logo emblazoned valve covers, pristine hoses, and a newly painted engine block in red. A 3-speed manual transmission is attached, as well as power steering and power brakes.
A few areas of surface rust, but mostly strong solid steel X frame and buttoned up floorpans in black. Body hangers are strong, and rockers show no rust. Drum brakes are on all 4 corners.
She lit right up with the turn of our key, and we were off. It drives smoothly, but we noticed it has a tendency to pull left when driving and stopping. The radio works but has no reception, and the vacuum wipers are slow at best. The clock and temp gauges were not working, and the speedometer drive was a tad noisy and distracting. A good cruiser just a few slight annoyances that are fairly easy fixes.
Classic Auto Mall presents this fabulous 1956 Thunderbird Convertible Fiesta Red beauty. Whether you are taking it to your local car show or you're just cruising around town this car is a real head turner. You can drive it with the hard top on or soft top up, or just cruise in luxury with the top down. Either way this T-bird oozes cool! This classic bird runs and drives great, all it needs is a new home and some slight TLC.
P-312ci V8 225hp
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
158690-Sequential Unit Number
COLOR KK-Fiesta Red
TRIM XB-Red & White
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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