1956 Ford Thunderbird I "Classic"SOLD
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Estimate: $35,000-$50,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $46,200

215bhp, 312 cu. in. Thunderbird Special V8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with solid rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power assisted drums. Wheelbase: 102"

When Ford first saw the new Corvette at the January 1953 Motorama, Ford ’ s own sports car project was quickly moved to the front burner. Now considered a ‘ crash program, ’ Ford ’ s sports car took shape between February and May of 1953. A look at the design brief is interesting – it had to look like a Ford, be an open two-seater with a canvas top, maximize the use of production parts including the Interceptor V8, and have a top speed of over 100 mph.

With an emphasis on ‘ personal ’ rather than ‘ sports ’ car, the Thunderbird was wisely equipped with glass wind-up windows, a removable hard-top and options like power brakes, steering, seats and windows – all features that helped it outsell GM ’ s Corvette by a ratio of 20 to 1 in 1955. Additionally, the fact that it had a stout five-liter V8 under the hood, as opposed to the Corvette ’ s Blue Flame Six, was simply an added bonus.

The 1956 Thunderbird was the first to receive a 12 volt electrical system, and with it a myriad of optional power accessories. It is easily distinguished from the 1955 model by the restyled taillights and the continental kit, which had become standard.

The 1956 Thunderbird presented here has resided in its latest ownership for 18 years and throughout that entire time it has been serviced routinely by Classic & Exotic Service, Inc. and stored in a climate controlled environment.

Finished in white, the Thunderbird is striking with either its black soft top or its optional hard top, its all-black interior and its chrome wire wheels. Highly optioned, the Thunderbird comes with power steering, power brakes, power windows a four-way adjustable power seat, air conditioning, and its original high-performance Thunderbird Special V8 engine. Being from the first year Ford introduced a 12-volt electrical system on the Thunderbird, the current owner had no problem installing a modern six-disc Kenwood CD changer that comes with a remote.

Having earned Senior Division Status by the Classic Thunderbird Club International and remaining in remarkably well preserved and functional condition (with a new radiator), this Thunderbird is the ideal car for someone who wants to relive the glory days with ease of use and uncomplicated ownership.

Reference Number 11201

as of 7/13/2007

Car 1956 Ford Thunderbird I "Classic"
VIN P6FH330756 
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