Spectacularly restored 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible finished in Sunset Coral with a two-tone black and white interior. It underwent a complete frame-off rotisserie restoration guided by a nationally known T-Bird specialist and was completed in May 2016. Since its completion it has been driven approximately 10 miles. This T-Bird is powered by a rebuilt 292ci 8-cylinder engine and rebuilt 2-speed automatic transmission. It has a rebuilt generator, starter, water pump, distributor, and carburetor as well. It has been outfitted with all-new suspension bushings, a new 4-core radiator, powder coated exhaust manifolds, and all-new power brakes. It features power steering with the correct factory power steering horn ring, power windows, new stainless steel gas tank, and rides on factory simulated wire wheels wrapped in new factory bias ply tires with correct whitewall width. It has a black Stay Fast convertible top, a new windshield, and factory Continental Kit with chrome radius. All chrome is new and all of the stainless steel has been polished. Its all-new interior has new seat foam and a Town & Country radio.
Owned and driven for years by the iconic Hollywood star, the car could be bid multiple times higher than the auction’s estimate
Pick of the Day driven less than 80,000 miles since new
Car is being sold because owner lost its indoor storage spot
This is the sixth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
The “square-bird” four-seater models that replaced Ford’s iconic Thunderbird roadsters are considered the original “personal luxury” cars.
Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary Frank Sinatra drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.
Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day.
The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked.