First generation Thunderbirds are all about style, and this 1955
T-Bird does it the best. With an unbeatable factory color
combination, amazing interior, immaculate V8 under the hood, and
overall exceptional clean presentation, this is desire on wheels.
It's so clean, and so well restored, it just might be the finest
first-year T-Bird we've ever had at Streetside Classics - it truly
is that nice!
These first-year Thunderbirds are true icons. It only gets better when it's in the factory-correct color of R-code Torch Red. The clean, bright, distinctive paint leaves a lasting impression that complement's the Thunderbird's legendary long and chrome-laden look. The car looks pretty original, which is the product of a frame-off restoration that had the goal of making you feel like you were picking this up from the Dearborn factory in '55. This is the kind of appearance that will slow traffic especially with its new contrasting black folding soft top in place - so you were not the only one to stop and stare at this red T-Bird. Factory wheel covers with red and chrome tie this package together perfectly.
Just as the cool whitewalls add a pristine touch to the red exterior, the white accent color looks great with the red interior, too. The overall effect is a striking combination that will have people complementing you about how clean the interior looks, and many will swear it's a custom creation (but it's actually factory-correct!) Style and luxury were the true hallmarks of this classic, and that's why it comes with rare features for its time like the four-way power seat. The factory AM radio has been converted to AM/FM and heat/defrost sliders are all displayed in a machine-turned panel that flows across both doors and the dash. This frames the power steering wheel, and above it is the nifty speedometer that's lit from behind by a Plexiglas panel viewed through the windshield. Just to the left of this is the tachometer and to the right is the working clock. So yes, there was just as much attention and investment in the interior as the exterior during the full restoration.
The "Thunderbird Special" 292 cubic-inch V8 looks authentic right down to iconic Thunderbird logo valve covers. Just like interior and the exterior, the engine bay is expertly presented, so you know it's ready for the car show. It's a powerhouse of a motor, but it doesn't lose its luxury-minded attitude as it sweetly purrs through bumper-mounted dual exhaust system. The three-speed automatic transmission stays comfortable as it clicks through the gears without a fuss. Plus, the power steering and supple suspension mean this is great cruising classic.
We can show you all the documentation that comes with the sale such as the restoration receipts, maintenance records, and owner's manual, but really all you have to do is look at the undercarriage photos. The immaculate condition of a place that hardly anyone sees is a clear indication of thoughtful restoration and a cut-above classic. This is the kind of car you can pick up from us on a Saturday and win your first trophy on Sunday. So hurry before someone else snaps up your perfect T-Bird. Call today!!!
Owned and driven for years by the iconic Hollywood star, the car could be bid multiple times higher than the auction’s estimate
Pick of the Day driven less than 80,000 miles since new
Car is being sold because owner lost its indoor storage spot
This is the sixth vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
The “square-bird” four-seater models that replaced Ford’s iconic Thunderbird roadsters are considered the original “personal luxury” cars.
Barrett-Jackson auctioned off in Scottsdale the impeccable silver-gray 1956 Ford Thunderbird that the legendary Frank Sinatra drove around Palm Springs, California, when he was not off with the rest of the Rat Pack.
Strikingly elegant was the thought that popped to mind when this triple black 1966 Ford Thunderbird appeared as I clicked through candidates for Pick of the Day.
The first-generation two-seat Ford Thunderbird is always a favorite among classic and collector car owners, which sometimes leaves the second generation largely overlooked.