Current owner/seller purchased the Thunderbird in fall of 2018. The car had been used primarily as a show car with very little driving since being restored. The gentleman who owned and restored the car was a long time judge at the Hershey Pennsylvania car festival. He was a major Thunderbird collector and at one time owned thirteen 55, 56 and 57 Thunderbirds. This particular car was his favorite and was the last one that he sold. The car is a fully loaded example with automatic transmission, power windows, power seat, hardtop, 312 engine, engine dress up kit, and optional wing windows. After the current owner/seller purchased the vehicle he and his folks literally spent an entire year sorting it out. They rebuilt the carburetor, replaced the brake booster and sorted out the vehicle from end to end, at this point the car is dependable and everything functions as it should including the clock, it has been driven sparingly but as with all of his vehicles it must run as good as it looks. It has received many national awards and it’s provenance is fantastic, the last major show that it was invited too, was the 2018 Hilton Head Concourse de Elegance where it earned the Palmetto award in the 1950s American sports car division. This is a no excuses vehicle that anyone would be proud to own and use, or place it in a high end collection and simply admire it.
There has been between $5000 and $6000 spent on the mechanical end of this car in the last couple of years, so it literally runs as good as it looks, and it looks unbelievable !!!
This car had undergone a full frame off restoration prior to the present owner/seller owning the car. Everything was taken into account when doing this build. From the underbody to the interior and even the paint, this car looks amazing!
For the 1956 model year, more trunk space was added, the spare wheel was mounted outside on the bumper. The exhaust tips were moved to the ends of the bumper, and air vents were added behind the front wheels to improve cabin ventilation.
An optional 312ci. engine was added as an option. Production total for 1956 was 15,631 units, the lowest of all three 2-seater Thunderbird model years.
This Thunderbird really checks all the boxes. Under the hood is a 312ci. engine mated to an automatic transmission. The exterior is finished in a glossy white that pops against the white and black interior. This convertible has a hard top so you are ready no matter where you might be traveling. Some other options on this car include power steering, power seats, telescopic wheel, and wire wheels.