Restored to original factory specifications except for the Thunderbird wire wheels and radial white tires. It is powered by a rebuilt 312ci 8-cylinder engine paired to a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission. It features Master Guide power steering, Swift Sure power brakes, power windows, accessory engine dress-up option, and accessory back-up lights. It has its original Town & Country signal-seek radio, original windshield wipers, and both the original hardtop and the new tonneau top. This T-Bird was purchased from the family of the original owner and comes with its original factory invoice.
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.