For Sale: 1956 Ford Thunderbird in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1956 Ford Thunderbird Roadster

The Thunderbird was Ford's response to the comparatively crude Corvette, and when introduced in 1955, it outsold the Chevrolet 24 to 1. Behind that success was the car's versatile mix of American substance and European aesthetics. While the styling is certainly a highpoint, the unibody construction, which lacks fender or quarter-panel seams, can make for a challenging restoration.

The Ford Thunderbirds are truly one of the most collectible cars of the 1950's. This '56 is a special survivor showing a mere59,659 title verified miles and it is backed up by the amazing condition of the car! As per the build sheet it has nearly every option available from 1956 including the Continental rear bumper and all power options, and a convertible top. Bird is the word....

Bathed in Sunset Coral, this car was purchased off the dealer lot in Hollywood Florida in January of 1956. The body panels are showing some underlying rust, mostly in the rocker wheel well areas. Also there is peeling of paint, and some cracking where previous repair efforts have dried out and are now showing. I'll call it an earlier restoration which retains its shine but has its faults which can be seen in the close up photos. An egg crate grille in elongated oval form is fronted by a dual all chrome "Dagmar" bumper below and a single round headlight with a body painted visor above on each edge. Between the bumper and the headlights is a small round turn signal with a shiny bezel. The stainless trimmings are framing the front wrap around windshield and are nearly perfect. This car comes with its factory Colonial White painted hard top. The build sheet says it has a convertible top, but for some reason it is not photographed so I cannot tell you about it. A hood scoop, some quarter panel venting and the round button door handle are just a few of the mid 1950's design highlights that are on this car. It is equipped with a continental rear bumper with the encased spare tire coming along for the ride which is chromed and body matching coral. Tastefully finned rear quarters culminate in a "flame" shaped backup light topping round jet engine like rear tail lights. The exhaust is of the through the rear bumper design and exits are shown on the 45 degree angle at each rear corner. Turbine style and dog dish centered chromed wheel coverings and thin whitewall radial tires, which look very much like the original bias ply tires that came from the factory are on. A very snazzy yet refined design.... No wonder it outsold the Corvette!

A black bench stretches across the passenger compartment. It is covered in shiny vinyl and has puffy black bolsters and upper back surrounds with black tuck and roll inserts. It is a power actuated bench. The door panels it stretches between are black smooth vinyl on the lowers, black vinyl for elongated armrest and sills and a middle panel that houses the armrest, power seat toggles, power window toggles and door actuators which is within a machined swirl pattern aluminum.This machined swirl pattern aluminum continues through the center of the dash where some futuristic knobs, pulls and the factor retro AM town and country radio is located. The top of the dash is padded black vinyl and in front of the driver is a nice fan design speedometer, flanked on either side by a round tachometer and clock on the other side. Underneath the speedometer fan is a horizontal panel with gauges to keep track of other vitals and fuel level. The large original steering wheel is within this interior and fronting the dash. On the center of the hump in a sea of somewhat faded but original black carpeting is the automatic floor shifter with a black ball topper. This car is not optioned with seat belts. Classic yet futuristic for this interior, and certainly worn so I will put it firmly into fair to good condition overall. In back of the seat, I cannot see a convertible top or the framing of said structure. Just the power seat actuator bar.

A flip of the hood, and you will be met with a very clean slightly patinaed engine bay in black. Within its confines is a 312ci V8 from the factory and is topped by a single 4-barrel carburetor. A beautiful chromed air cleaner cover tops off the package and a Ford-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission is bolted to the back. Out back the rear axle is a Dana 44 with 3.31 gears. This has the factory engine dress up package with the chromed valve valve coverings and the chromed flying saucer-esque air cleaner covering. The wipers are vacuum and you'll have some fun with this in the winter!!

The underside views on this car show extensive surface rust, corrosion and patina. I can see invasive rust within the inner fenders, near the edges of the wheel wells, and some slight occurrence on the door bottoms. The X frame is sturdy with no signs of any damage, just plenty of surface rust and road dirt with corrosion. Dual exhaust, independent coil spring front suspension with power steering and power drum brakes are noted. And for the back, power drum brakes and leaf springs.

Starting out it ran rough and as it warmed up remained rough, so I'm attributing it to bad fuel? It runs quietly yet rough, has smooth shifting and steering is done with ease. The power windows and seat all are in working condition. The heater blower is inoperable, the clock does not tick away time, and the radio is silent.

An earlier restoration now with some cosmetic faults from age and the weather up north where it has resided for several years. Wonderful design giving us a "mink coat for father".


P-312ci V8 4bbl 225hp
F-Dearborn, MI Assy Plant
H-Thunderbird Roadster
190704-Sequential Unit Number


BODY 40A-Thunderbird Roadster
COLOR J-Buckskin Tan
TRIM XG-Brown & White Vinyl
PRODUCTION CODE 27MKJ65-December 27th Build

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 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 and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Ford Thunderbird
  • Listing ID: CC-1688918
  • Price: $23,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Thunderbird
  • Exterior Color:Sunset Coral
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:59659
  • Stock Number:4891
  • VIN:P6FH190704
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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