Early Thunderbirds like this 1955 example remain some of the most
collectable '50s cars and it's easy to understand why. Equal parts
luxury and style, this has been the iconic droptop that you've been
aspiring to all your life. Now it's available at a price nicely
The appeal of this icon is black and white, literally. Code W Snowshoe White covers the body with a porcelain like shine. That's thanks to a investment in a factory-correct respray that took this classic down to the bare metal. And the included black removable hardtop gives you a two-tone appearance whenever you like. This first-year Thunderbird truly came from the mind of artists, and you can see it in the clean unbroken line running from the headlight to the tailfin. When you're a Thunderbird fan, you know to look for the extras. Items like the fender skirts that come with the sale. But, of course, the brightwork on these is the showstopper. Its mirror-like appearance looks fantastic against the white paint on places like the wide mesh grille, factory wheel covers, and the twin tailpipes poking through the rear bumper guards.
When you look inside, you instantly understand why the hardtop is black against the white body. The same black, white, and chrome color scheme continues on the seats, doors, and dash. This interior/exterior coordination makes this Thunderbird a real class act with the top on or off. The machined aluminum panel that runs from door panel to door panel gives this the sporty feeling that made them a Corvette rival. You slip behind a classic dual spoke steering wheel, which gives you a clear view of the nifty speedometer that's lit from behind by a Plexiglas "window".
Under the hood, this Thunderbird has received an interesting upgrade. The trusty 302 cubic-inch powerplant was years away from production when Ford introduced the first T-bird. But this one has been upgraded later in life to this powerful and abundant small block. It gives you the perfect situation where the motor is exceptionally easy to maintain, and there are plenty of upgrades from the decades it was also offered in performance machines like the Mustang. But more than just a good motor, you have a comfortable ride that benefits from upgrades such as the C4 three-speed automatic transmission and a modern tread disguised within the classic whitewall tire appearance.
Great paint, a well-coordinated appearance, and an upgraded heart that's ready for cruising - this first-year Thunderbird gets it right, and all for a great price. So don't miss out, 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.