For Sale: 1956 Ford Thunderbird in FENTON, Missouri

Vehicle Description

Up for your consideration is a stunning example of a Rotisserie Restored 1956 Ford Thunderbird with two tops!

VIN Decode:

* Engine code P = 312 V8 ci OHV-4v Carb 225HP

* Production year 6 = 1956

* Assembly Plant F = Dearborn Michigan

* Production Sequence 253281

Data Plate Information:

* Body Type 40A = Thunderbird

* Paint Color LE = Peacock Blue with Colonial White

* Interior trim Code XC = Dark Peacock and White Vinyl

* Production Code 27CD117 = March 27, 1956

This Bird is loaded with almost every option you get get

such as:

* Cold Air Conditioning

* Power Seat

* Power Windows

* Power Steering

* Power Brakes

* Hard top with Port Hole

* Soft Top

* Continental Kit

* Kelsey Hayes Chrome wire Wheels

* Kelsey Hayes Chrome wire Wheel matching Spare

* Big White Wall tires

* AM Radio

* Factory Clock

* Factory Tachometer

* Factory gauges

* Wing Windows

* Fender Skirts

* 12 Volt System




After a very successful debut year, Ford anticipated selling 20,000 Thunderbirds in 1956. Over 16,000 '55 T-birds had been sold, far more than the 10,000 marketing expected. This would not be the case in 1956, however, and there were several reasons for that, including a late introduction date due to problems with the rear spare tire carriers in production. 1955 was a very good year for the auto industry, and an excellent year to introduce a new model. There were some initial criticisms of the new T-bird, specifically lack of luggage space in the trunk, a warm passenger compartment, and blind spots with the convertible top or hard top installed. It's likely that these issues cost Ford a few sales. And for 1956, the Thunderbird's main competitor, the Chevrolet Corvette, got its act together and made big improvements, introducing a new V-8 engine and creature comforts such as roll-up windows instead of the plastic side curtains. Some feel that the introduction of the T-bird actually saved the Corvette, because Chevrolet put additional time and money into the car to make it more competitive. Without the added competition, the Corvette might have been discontinued, but Chevy didn't want to admit defeat to Ford at that time, so it made the Corvette a better car than it had been.

1956 represented the introduction of two iconic Thunderbird styling features: the port window and the rear spare tire carrier. Both were the result of complaints from 1955 Thunderbird owners and potential owners, who needed more storage space in the trunk and wanted better rear vision when driving. Both are now historic classic styling touches in motordom.

Advertising for 1956 continued to use the Thunderbird as a tie in to the regular Ford line, noting how all Fords had Thunderbird styling and performance. The little T-bird was without question the star of the Ford line up at the time, an honor it would carry for many years to come. Exterior paint and interior trim colors were expanded for 1956, which allowed more variety in color combinations, and presented customers with the opportunity to better customize the car to suit their needs. The hard top could be ordered in a contrasting color for 1956, and customers could choose whether they wanted the port hole windows or not, Ford didn't charge extra for them if they were specified. Most customers loved the new windows and orders for hard tops with them far exceeded those without the new windows. The T-bird was stylish, sporty, luxurious, colorful, and offered enough options so the purchaser could get pretty much exactly what they wanted.

In its second year, the trend-setting Thunderbird introduced two of its most memorable and endearing styling features: the port windows (portholes) in the hard top, and the rear spare tire carrier (Continental kit).

Both of these items were introduced for practical reasons, the port windows to improve vision out of the car and the rear spare tire carrier to increase luggage space in the trunk.

The rear-mounted spare tire carrier would last just one year, due to the handling issues it created.

1956 changes:

    • 12-Volt electrical system
    • New Thunderbird emblem design on exterior
    • Deep dish, 3-spoke safety design steering wheel
    • First year for front fender vents
    • Zippered rear window on convertible top (except early 1956 production)
    • Port windows on hard top
    • Exhaust outlets in rear bumper ends
    • Round heater knobs
    • Rear spare tire carrier
    • Vented gas cap
    • Ford Lifeguard Design safety features
    • Wing windows on front door
    • Ridge under headlamp door

The paint on this car nice with a deep shine and a mirror like finish. All of the chrome, trim and bright work shine like new inside and out. Everything on the car works except the radio. Pictures do not due this car justice!

Call 314-346-6039 to purchase or with any questions.


Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Ford Thunderbird
  • Listing ID:CC-1533792
  • Price:$58,895
  • Location:FENTON, Missouri
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:PEACOCK BLUE
  • Interior Color:WHITE
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:0
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Stock Number:1956.2
  • Trim Level:TWO TOPS LOADED
  • VIN:P6FH253281
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Aftermarket Wheels:Yes
  • Restoration History:Fully Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Vinyl
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM Radio:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes
  • Power Seats:Yes
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive

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