1956 Ford Thunderbird Roadster
1956 Ford Thunderbird Roadster
The Thunderbird was Ford's response to the comparatively crude Corvette and, when introduced in 1955, it outsold the Chevrolet 24 to 1. Behind that success was the car's versatile mix of American substance and European aesthetics. While the styling is certainly a highpoint, the unibody construction, which lacks fender or quarter-panel seams, can make for a challenging restoration.
The Ford Thunderbirds are truly one of the most collectible cars of the 1950's. This '56 is a special survivor showing only a consigner stated 41,566 miles which is believed to be actual, and it is backed up by the amazing condition of the car! Bird is the word….
Bathed in Raven Black, this car has had a respray to match code AE of the original. Paint is not perfect with small areas of cracking, and some scratching. Body panels are very straight and true with good gaps. Looking down the side of the car, the sheet metal is respectably straight, and the car shows with an overall sense of authenticity. A totally rust-free car from California, now finding its way east. The porthole windowed fiberglass top is in white, and when its mounted with the body, the car is all dressed up and ready to go out. All chrome and brite-work show nicely, and also has a few scratches here and there when you inspect it closely, but for original chrome, it is good. A continental spare and bumper option have been affixed and also show slight wear in places. Fender skirts are on this car and help show off the classy wide white sidewall tires with chromed flat plate hubcaps.
Very nice and mostly original excepting the floor mats, carpet, and door panels which have been renewed with OEM parts. Black with a spun circular pattern on the trim strip of aluminum in the center, the dash looks just great. A power bench seat is seen, and it is white tuck and roll inserts with black bolsters, all clear and free of any cracks. Sitting in front of the bench is the original shift lever in its 1956 8 ball style. The trunk is clean and lined with original rubber patterned to fit exactly within the confines of the trunk.
A flip of the hood, and you will be met with a very clean 312ci V8 topped by a single 4-barrel carburetor, beautiful chromed air cleaner cover, and a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission. The engine appears as though it has been repainted, although this is not confirmed. Overall engine bay is pristine and noted is power steering.
Underside is very clean, and surface rust free. The frame is sturdy, and no signs of any damage from the weather exist. Bottom of doors are in good condition as well with very minor surface rust on the passenger door at the bottom.
A mostly original, low mileage bird with turnkey attributes. No restoration needed, just get in and drive, and you'll have fun, fun, fun till her daddy takes the T bird away!
P-312 V8 225HP
F-Dearborn Assy Plant
263508-Sequential Unit Number
COLOR AE-Raven Black- White Top
TRIM XA-Black & White
PROD 10DL1456- April 10th, 1956
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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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