For Sale: 1956 Ford Thunderbird in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Vehicle Description

1956 Ford Thunderbird - 2 Door Convertible - Red with Red and White Interior - 312cid/215hp 4bbl V8 - Automatic Transmission - Hard Top and New Soft Top - Original Build Sheet - Service Records (Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1956 Ford Thunderbird on a website other than our Garage Kept Motors site, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of the car due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 170 photographs, as well as a short start-up and walk-around video, please go to our main website: Garage Kept Motors.) More stunning in style... more thrilling in power... more luxurious in comfort - 1956 Ford Thunderbird magazine advertisement The advertising copy went on, almost breathlessly: Here poised for flight, you see what many people hardly dreamed possible: a more beautiful, more powerful, more distinctive Thunderbird. The graceful contours of its long. Low lines... the unique flair of its new spare-tire mounting, the dazzling sheen of its new two-tone colors are but a hint of its newness. It is when you put the selector in drive position and nudge the gas pedal of a Fordomatic model that the Thunderbird will really take you by the heart. Beneath the hood is a new 225-h.p. Thunderbird V8, to revise your ideas of how a car should respond. Now, the interiors are richer-more beautiful than ever. Now, you get added protection of Ford's exclusive Life-Guard design. And as always, you may have optional power steering, brakes, windows, and seat. Ask your Ford dealer just how soon you can start enjoying the better things of driving. Offered here is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible in red over red-and-white under either a white fabric top or a white hardtop (both original to the car and included). Delivered new on August 2, 1956 at Hettche Motor Sales of Detroit, the T-Bird has traveled 103,175 miles since, or fewer than 1,600 miles per-year on average. This is a true survivor Thunderbird that has obviously benefitted from meticulous care from passionate owners. The car could not have looked much nicer on the showroom floor 65 years ago. The original build sheet, included in the sale (and presented in the photo gallery) documents an original condition, high-spec, enthusiast build, down to and including the engine dress-up kit from the factory. The car's original red paint still shows excellent luster, no doubt the result of fastidious owner care and lack of exposure to harsh weather. Red was clearly the choice of an outgoing owner not afraid to make a statement wherever the car went. And in its day, this car would turn heads at every stop. Even the painted Continental-kit-style spare-tire cover (which tilts to allow easy trunk-access) retains its excellent red finish. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) The '56 model design used a minimum of chrome-trim embellishment. Here, all such trim-the front grille, the bumpers (including the beautiful extension for the spare tire carrier), hood-scoop accent, wraparound-windshield surround, faux fender louvers, side mirror, door handles, and taillight accents-shows beautifully with very little patina and zero damage. Factory badging is complete and in excellent condition. The classic Thunderbird hood emblem, Ford front-fender crest, and Thunderbird-script rear-fender badges are all virtually as-new. All cabin glass (including the porthole windows on the hardtop) is clear and free of cracks. Factory 15-inch wheels with chrome wire-wheel-style full wheel covers (and Thunderbird emblem centers) are mounted with narrow whitewall tires, just as the car was originally ordered. Red rear-fender skirts are included in the sale. Inside, white is added to the red color theme for stunning visual impact. Seat upholstery incorporates both red and white in a classic vertically pleated style. Very light w

Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Ford Thunderbird
  • Listing ID:CC-1545568
  • Price:$37,900
  • Location:Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Red & White
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:103175
  • Stock Number:21GKM383
  • VIN:P6FH347712

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Garage Kept Motors
420 36th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
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