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1956 Ford Thunderbird
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1956 THUNDERBIRD ROADSTER
When GI’s who fought in the European Theater of World War II returned home, they brought with them fond memories of the British two-seaters that were a common sight over there. Some even managed to buy some and have them shipped home. It was clear to Detroit that there just might be a market for an American made version of the famed two-seater open car.
The two most famous of these were the MG-TC (and the later TD) and the incredibly handsome Jaguar XK-120. Kaiser introduced the famed Kaiser-Darrin in the early 50’s and Chevrolet would follow next with the legendary Corvette. Ford was not blind to Chevrolet’s new car, but chose to develop a car along a different path.
It was decided their car would be made of metal instead of fiberglass; that it would be powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvette’s Blue Flame Six”; and that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop unlike the Corvette’s snap on curtains. They further decided that it would, as much as possible, utilize the same tooling and parts interchangeability with the big Fords of that era.
This Magnificent Example is finished in Beautiful and Extremely Rare Thunderbird Green, Green and White Interior, Colonial White Hardtop, and White Soft Top. This Rare Estate Classic was Special Ordered in this “One Year Only” Color Combination. It was Regularly Maintained to the Highest Standards by Only Two Owners since New.
It comes with a comprehensive complement of amenities including:
· Fordamatic Automatic Transmission
o Floor mounted Locking Button Shift Selector
o Low and Drive Range
· Master-Guide Power Steering
o Deep Dish Safety Steering Wheel
· Sure Swift Power Brakes
· Power-Lift Windows
· Four Way Power Seat
· Full Instrumentation (all functional)
· Factory Tachometer
· Telescopic Lifeguard Steering Wheel
o Fully Adjustable
· Directional Signals
· Magicaire Heating and Defrost System
· Signal Seeking Town and Country Radio
· Rear Antenna
· Electric Clock
· Cigar Lighter (unused)
· Tinted Windows
· Lifeguard Padded Sun Visors
· Backup Lamps
· Wing Windows
· Port Hole Hardtop
· Fully Disappearing Soft-Top
· Dual Chrome Side View Mirrors
· Rear Fender Shields
· Rear Fender Skirts
· Rear Continental Kit
o One Year Only
· Wide Whitewall Radial Tires
· “Ford” Scripted Full Disc Wheel Covers
· Dual Port “Through the Rear Bumper” Exhaust System
· “THUNDERBIRD SPECIAL” V-8 Engine
o 4 Barrel Carburetion
o 312 Cubic Inch Displacement
o 225 Horsepower
o 8.4:1 Compression Ratio
o 3.75 X 3.30 inch Bore & Stroke
· Chrome Engine Dress Up Kit
· 12 Volt Electrical System
· Full – Flow Oil Filter
· 102 Inch Wheelbase
· 185 Inch Length
· 3088 lb. Weight
· 71 Inch Width
· Highly Detailed Engine Compartment and Undercarriage
· Owner’s Manual
This Magnificent, and Extremely Rare Thunderbird, with numerous available power options, is an Absolute Pleasure to Drive, and garners all the “oohs and aahs” anytime out. Many “Baby Bird” aficionados consider the “56” with the Factory Equipped Rear Continental Kit to be amongst the Most Beautiful and Desirable “Birds” of the era. It is as ”Straight as an Arrow” and Excellent Throughout. It is ready for Show or Tour.
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