For Sale: 1956 Ford Thunderbird in St. Louis, Missouri


Vehicle Description

Very nicely optioned and fully restored 1956 Ford Thunderbird! Fitted with original 312ci V8, Fordomatic, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, chrome wire spoke wheels, 4-way power seat, and factory soft top! Refinished in Fiesta Red over Black/White interior! A solid, rust free car!

Introduced in 1955, Ford's Thunderbird was arguably a response to Chevrolet's Corvette that dazzled the country in 1953. Although instead on competing directly in the sports car market, Ford instead strived to steal attention and launched the car in a new niche category, the "Personal Luxury Car". These cars were, from the beginning, intended not for practicality but rather for function-follows-form touring. These buyers were wealthy and demanded the style, options, and ease of drivability, all without sacrifice to comfort or reliability. As a result, it was customary to find cushioned rides and big V8 power plants, automatic transmissions, and full power accessories as optional equipment. None did this better than the original 1955-57 "Baby bird" that remains a style icon from Ford 65 years later!

We are excited to offer this 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible finished in a stunning shade of Fiesta Red complimented by Black/White combination vinyl interior, with Black cloth soft top. The car is powered by a completely rebuilt 312ci V8 and Fordomatic automatic transmission, with factory appointed 3.70:1 rear axle ratio. This car is fitted with great options such as Master Guide power steering, Swift Sure power brakes, chrome Kelsey-Hayes style wire spoke wheels, 4-way power seat, engine dress-up kit, modern AM/FM/Cassette radio, heater/defrost, windshield washer, front license plate bracket, and fender skirts! The car rides on Diamond Back wide whitewall radial tires measuring 205/70R15 all around.

This beautiful body-on restored 1956 Ford Thunderbird was finished in approximately 2005 while residing in Arizona. The exterior paint, chrome, and interior upholstery can all be described as excellent. Beginning with a solid, rust free example, this T-Bird was completely stripped with careful attention to detail for a professionally executed color change from the original A-code Raven Black to this striking version of Fiesta Red. Maintaining an original look was the priority, and as a result, the car will impress T-Bird enthusiasts while enabling the driver to enjoy the convenience and benefits of an upgraded audio AM/FM/Cassette audio system in the stock dash location as well as modern air conditioning for summer cruising!

The engine bay is highly detailed with nearly every individual component being restored prior to installation, all new wiring harnesses, coolant hoses & clamps, completely new fuel system from the stainless steel gas tank all the way to a upgraded Holley 465cfm carburetor, rebuilt heads for modern fuels, new engine fluids & filters, drive belts, etc. Underneath, the frame remains painted black and is complemented with new shocks, new brake cylinders & shoes, parking brake cables, master cylinder & rebuild booster, new steering assembly with rebuilt pump, and more! It will come with a trunk mat and tire changing instructions on trunk lid, but without the jack equipment. Otherwise, it is a very difficult car to criticize in person and should sell quickly at this asking price. We would welcome inspections or additional questions. We look forward to your business!

Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Ford Thunderbird
  • Listing ID:CC-1457235
  • Price:$49,900
  • Location:St. Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:Fiesta Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:28621
  • Stock Number:S3663
  • VIN:P6FH301695

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St. Louis Car Museum
1575 Woodson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63114