1956 Ford Thunderbird: Thunderbird enjoys a storied history whose iconoclastic entry onto the scene in 1954 single-handedly erected the personal luxury-car segment in the United States. The Thunderbird two-seater was instantly popular with overtones of a high performance sports car, yet it had a strong appeal to luxury-minded buyers seeking refinements such as roll-up windows, a selection of power extras, and steel bodywork as opposed to fiberglass. The 1956 Thunderbird was very similar to the 1955 model with some notable exceptions. Portholes were now being offered as an option with the hardtop, a move designed to increase driver visibility, but that went on to become one of the more distinctive features of the Thunderbird. Other design changes included the relocation of the spare tire from the trunk to the exterior of the car right above the newly extended bumper. The 1956, rarest of Classic Thunderbirds with a production total of 15,631, incorporated Ford’s new safety concepts. Standard equipment included energy-absorbing passenger-side instrument panel padding, a concave safety steering wheel, safety door latches and a shatter-resistant mirror. Seatbelts were optional. Last-minute improvements, including the addition of the optional 312 CID V-8 engine, gave the second edition of the Thunderbird better handling and increased performance to also improve Thunderbird’s sports car feel.
This exceptional classic Ford really stands out from the crowd with its striking Raven Black over Red color combo. This numbers matching Thunderbird has less than 66k original miles and was treated to full restoration in 2012. It has always been stored indoors and still presents extremely well. The front grill was damaged in transport to the photo location but we will repair before shipping the vehicle or adjust the price accordingly. Everything on the vehicle works like it should and we wouldn’t hesitate to drive it anywhere. Features and options include; 312 V8, Automatic, Power Steering & Brakes, Chrome Bumpers, Chrome Mirrors, Chrome Grill, Continental Kit, Fender Skirts, Car Cover, Owners Manual, Full Spare, 15″ True Spoke Wheels, and thick Goodyear Wide White Walls Tires!
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