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1955 Ford Thunderbird

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The 1955 Ford Thunderbird is one of those designs that never goes out of style, and remains an instantly-identifiable icon of the 50s. Beautifully styled, comfortable, and with enough performance to keep almost any gearhead happy, they are ideal hobby cars that can keep up with modern traffic with ease. With a strong following and a massive parts supplier pool, they're simple to maintain and remain reliable investments, year-in and year-out. This beautiful Showshoe White Thunderbird has recently received a high-quality frame-off restoration to Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI) specifications. Code E Showshoe White was a late entry color in 1955, debuting in February 1955, several months after the Thunderbird itself. Classically elegant, the white emphasizes the clean, unadorned lines of the T-Bird and brilliantly defines the timeless shape. The bodywork was expertly restored and fits together as well as any Thunderbird we've seen, with tight gaps and solid shut lines that indicate someone spent an awful lot of time getting it straight. Chrome and brightwork are dazzling, from the eggcrate grille up front to the unique rear bumper with the exhaust ports in the bumper guards. The black canvas top is a gorgeous contrast to the white paint, and has been professionally installed so it fits tightly and seals up very well. Inside, the code XB red and white leather interior is simply stunning. Combined with the white body and black canvas top, it's a spectacular look that makes people stop in their tracks when they see it, and you'll never get tired of the beautiful details inside. The engine-turned panel that runs across the door panels and dash is like jewelry, and the seats themselves make the bench feel like separate buckets. You'll also note that this car sports the optional power windows, as well as an AM radio and a 3-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission, so it's a pleasure to drive. The gauges have been rebuilt, including the aircraft-inspired speedometer, which is illuminated from above thanks to a plexiglass panel in the dash hood behind it. New carpets are underfoot, protected by matching monogrammed floor mats. Powering all Thunderbirds in 1955 was Ford's innovative Y-block V8 engine, displacing 292 cubic inches and generating an impressive 198 horsepower thanks to a 4-barrel carburetor. Thanks to the frame-off restoration this car has received, the engine bay is highly detailed and the engine runs every bit as well as it looks. From the Ford Red paint on the block to the beautiful cast aluminum Thunderbird valve covers with simulated turquoise inlays, it is showroom fresh in every way. The fully functional hood scoop feeds that big chrome air cleaner, while the cast iron exhaust manifolds have been coated for long-lasting beauty. You'll also note little details like the washer fluid bag on the inner fender, original style hose clamps, and a rebuilt power braking system. A powerful Optima gel-cell battery lights the fires, which is a worthwhile upgrade on the '55s, which retained a 6-volt electrical system. The chassis has been restored for show as well, with correct finishes and materials used throughout. The sturdy ladder-type frame is satin black, with just the right amount of white overspray on the floors of the body. Modern disc brakes have been installed up front for safety, but that's the lone deviation from original specifications. A new dual exhaust system has been installed, and gives the car a muscular hum, but remains quiet at speed. Original 15-inch wheels with optional wire wheelcovers carry correct wide whitewall bias-ply tires. These Thunderbirds are wonderful performers on the road, and are just as fun to drive today as they were in 1955 when they caused traffic jams at Ford dealerships. This one has received a very expensive and accurate frame-off restoration and is ready to drive or show today. It has already won several significant awards, and retains its original owner's manual. If you've been searching for a correct car with no stories, you've just found it. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Atlanta showroom. For more information, please call (678) 279-1609 or toll free (877) 367-1835.

Reference Number 119782

as of 3/24/2011

Car 1955 Ford Thunderbird
VIN P5FH247761 
Mileage 55,046 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Automatic 
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