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For Sale: 1956 Ford Thunderbird in Charlotte, North Carolina

$84,900
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Vehicle Description

Two cars literally defined the newfound freedom of the 1950s: the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Thunderbird. Eventually Chevrolet took their Corvette to the racetrack, while Ford continued to turn their Thunderbird into the ultimate boulevard king. Now, over sixty years later, first generation Corvettes are cool, but first generation Thunderbirds are more endearing!

Looking for a sweet, 50s-era classic that's valuable, fun to drive and can turn Main Street into a parade route? This awesome roadster certainly does the trick! Inherited by its current owner in early 2017, this crisp Ford has been pampered and garaged since its detailed, ground-up restoration - a build that's thought to have wrapped in late 2011. A more tailored response to Chevrolet's more brash Corvette, this T-bird looks fantastic in Colonial White 2-stage. At the front of the car, a stainless egg-crate grille rides between clean headlights, chrome-trimmed parking lamps, an intricate header emblem and a bulleted bumper that bends around peaked fenders. Between those fenders, a classy hood scoop leads the eye to a wraparound windshield that's reflected in a correct chrome mirror, cleared by polished stainless wipers and framed in thick chrome trim. At the top of that trim, a Colonial White hardtop latches down over a Black soft top as a part of Ford's innovative dual-roof system. Below those roofs, sculpted door handles and stainless-trimmed fender skirts perfectly complement sedate louvers and flowing "Thunderbird" scripts. And at the back of the car, chrome-trimmed, jet-inspired taillights center an intricate trunk emblem above a second wraparound bumper that's complete with a Continental Kit.

Tilt this Ford's lightweight hood and you'll find 312 cubic inches of chrome-trimmed Thunderbird V8! Introduced in 1956, this stout little Y-block remained an option in blue oval staples well into the mid-1970s. At the top of the bright orange mill, a trio of polished air cleaners funnel wind into a trio of polished carburetors, which are centered in a web of polished fluid lines. Atomized octane passes through a polished intake to correct, cast iron heads that are topped by polished and Thunderbird-branded valve covers. At the front of those covers, a polished generator spins between chrome-trimmed power steering and polished AC components. Spark comes courtesy of a retro FoMoCo distributor, which sequences fire between a chrome-trimmed battery, a polished coil and pliable plug wires. Cooling is provided by a factory radiator, which fashions a polished shroud around a polished pulley fan. From its polished hood hardware to its polished oil filler, this roadster's bay presents a clean, highly detailed appearance. And best of all, the spry engine fires instantly and sounds surprisingly beefy breathing through brash turbo mufflers and restored factory manifolds.

At the bottom of this Thunderbird, a fully sorted undercarriage houses solid floors that are bolted to a roster of proven components. Nice enough to show but still fully drivable, this is the perfect compromise for enthusiasts who like to display their car and still enjoy the occasional top-down weekend. Behind the Y-block, a dressed Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed spins power to a dressed 10-bolt axle. The suspension remains in its original configuration while continuing the car's theme of polished components. Turns come courtesy of lucid power steering. Braking is flashy and adequate thanks to polished and power-assisted drums. All of the chassis' parts feature a weather-free appearance, reinforcing the idea that it's been a very long time since this 'bird's seen daily-driver duty. And on the outside of those parts, handsome wire wheels spin 205/75R15 Coker Classic whitewalls.

Colonial White paint is legendary for its characteristically upscale feel. And when paired with this Thunderbird's contrasting Black roof and rich vinyl interior, it creates the perfect culmination of class and sophistication. Thanks to the car's quality restoration, its pleated bench seat is livable for years to come. Front and center, classy telemetry, modern climate control and modern, direct-fit audio look great plotted among engine-turned bezels. In the middle of the floor, a chrome shifter feels both firm and precise. And in front of the driver, a glossy steering wheel spins a chrome horn ring around a mirrored steering column.

If there's one phrase that describes this awesome classic, it would be "luxury sport". That may sound a bit clich�, but it's true. There's a reason these cars have built a legacy of cruising, seeing, being seen and looking fantastic. Just imagine sliding in to this 'bird's comfy vinyl seats, firing up its throaty V8 and chasing the sun down your favorite two-lane black top - it doesn't get much better than that!

HIGHLIGHTS

The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration

312 cubic inch Thunderbird V8

Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission

Modern air conditioning

Power steering

4-wheel power drum brakes

Modern audio

15-inch wire wheels

Colonial White paint

Sale includes the car's hardtop

All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection

We can arrange shipment of your purchase anywhere in the world

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1218278
  • Price:$84,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:Colonial White
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:52331
  • Stock Number:136470
  • VIN:P6FH209765