1956 Ford Victoria Hardtop
"It's the New 1956 Ford..America's fine car at half the fine car
price". Ford was trying to keep up with the GM tri-five onslaught
and whipped up this classic design which pulls out all the stops.
Two tone, plenty of chrome, and the new lifeguard design, deeper
steering wheel, padded top dash, stronger door locks, and seat
belts, were now standard.
For consignment all decked out in mid 1950's garb with Sunset Coral
over White, a wonderful swoop spear, rear fender skirts, and a
continental rear bumper. She's pretty well preserved with just a
few faults in the form of some surface rust near the rockers on
several body panels. Paint is overall very nice, and this long
beauty is powered by a 312ci V8.
With all its chromed glory, this car is a standout on its chrome
alone, which presents in nice condition. Even on the rear through
the bumper exhaust, chrome remains fairly well preserved. The side
view of this car is simply killer with the belt line swoop spear
delineating the White from the Coral below. The roofline is
beautifully curved downward to the rear, and the rear glass even
wraps around just enough to be seen from the side view. Contrasting
white fender skirts allow for just a peek of the rear medium whites
wrapping the Coral painted metal wheel with chromed dishes. On the
front, we see those same wheels, but these are covered with chromed
spoked wheel covers. All glass is slightly tinted and all clear, as
well as having the benefit of being surrounded by nice trim in
stainless steel. The front of the car sports a single headlight
with a coral metal brim atop, and the beginning of the swoop spear.
A horizontal egg crate design chromed grille is flanked on either
side by large chrome bezeled turn signal/parking lights, and a
hefty bumper below. The hood sports a jet age ornament nicely
shined, and a faded cloisonne Ford front badge. On the rear is the
continental bumper which houses the metal tire surround, and all is
looking good back here. Lest it would not be the mid-1950s unless
there are dual angled rearward antenna topping each rear quarter. A
great presentation of midcentury modernism.
Inside the hits just keep on coming with coral and black door
panels which has the dueling colors of vinyl playing with each
other vying for door panel space. Where they meet there is chrome
trimming. The bottom coral panel has nicely stitched horizontal
block pattern. Moving to the "cool" inside more 50s styling with
faded broadcloth inserts, and white bolsters. We can assume the
broadcloth was at one time the coral but is now stained and faded.
An all metal dash in black, has a nicely arched instrument cluster
in front of the original wheel, and wonderfully clean shiny bezels
for the gauges in their white background. Black carpet covers the
floors and is presenting clean and nice, as is the headliner of
perforated vinyl with just a few wrinkles at the edges of some of
the panels. In back a rear bench, also faded broadcloth in floral
pattern has no rips or tears and nice armrests containing an
ashtray for both sides.
Looking mostly original, with the oil bath air cleaner atop, a
312ci V8 sits within the original engine bay. Some grease and dirt
cover various surfaces; however, it looks like a recent water pump
was installed due to the fresh paint in front of the block. A
3-speed Ford-O-Matic transmission on back along with a 3.30 rear
Underneath there is a smattering of surface rust, along with plenty
of road dirt on the frame and suspension. Body hangers are good and
solid, and floorpans are very well preserved with no rust and
little road dirt. The exhaust system is showing plenty of rust
through and will need to be replaced. Otherwise there is
independent coil springs up front for the suspension, and leaf
springs for the rear. Drum brakes are all around.
With our test battery installed and properly connected, fluids
checked we were ready to see if we could bring the icon to life. A
twist of the key and the engine turned over. Some assistance from
starting fluid and the 312ci V8 roared to life. A test drive was
not in order due to a brake pedal that went flat to the floor.
Driving up in this car automatically puts you in the cool category,
with all the chrome, nifty 50's color scheme, and continental rear
with fender skirts. Overall nice with just a little bit to go on
the interior seats to make it really special. Runs swell, and
smoothly, and that Ford swoop spear is to die for. Eat your heart
NO TITLE-SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE ONLY
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.