BOTH TOPS, GREAT BLACK/BLACK COLOR COMBO, MOTOR REBUILT IN 2013, VINTAGE A/C
Thunderbirds have been a staple of the car hobby, well, since they were new. Immensely stylish and fun to drive, this 1956 T-Bird offers great colors, a classic look, two tops, and a warm welcome everywhere you go. Just imagine yourself and your favorite someone special heading out for a trip in this lovely little convertible and you can see just how easy it is to fall in love with a car.
Raven Black always looks good on 2-seat Thunderbirds, offering sophistication to go with its sporty demeanor. Two-seaters have distinct personalities each year, with the '56s getting a myriad of upgrades that were added after the '55s landed in consumer hands and complaints started coming in. As a result, the '56s received their most obvious change, a continental kit out back that not only improved trunk space but make this car pure 1950s cool. The finish is rather well done but its trophy-hunting days are behind it. That's perfectly OK with us, because driving this car is vastly more fun than sitting next to it. Fit and finish are quite good overall, with flush doors and crisp detailing that needs to be right for these cars to look their best. And as with any product of the 1950s, chrome is critical so it's a relief to see that the shiny stuff on this car is in good shape and really sparkles against that black paint.
The black and white interior is pure class and Ford designers knocked it out of the park when they put this one together. The seat covers have a little stretching from use, but no nicks, cuts, or tears in the materials and it's still quite comfortable to settle in for an afternoon of cruising. Nice black carpets are protected by a set of reproduction mats and the door panels feature bright metal inserts that wrap into the dash for a cockpit feel. The gauges are in very good condition with bright markings that are easy to read and the original Town & Country AM radio remains in the dash. The big A/C unit under the dash is very similar to what you might have received from the dealer in 1956, although this one is powered by new hardware under the hood and R134a refrigerant, so it's easy to maintain and fairly effective. Tucked behind the seat is a white convertible top that offers brilliant contrast to the black paint and there's also a removable hardtop complete with porthole that was added to remedy blind-spot complaints in 1955.
Ford's 312 cubic inch V8 is smooth and torquey, so the Thunderbird is a lot of fun to drive. It's also quite attractive with red engine enamel, a dealer-installed dress up kit, and nice details like the factory windshield washer bag. The A/C was installed so it doesn't draw a lot of attention to itself and the Thunderbird is one of those cars where you'll be happy to have power steering despite its small size. A Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission never seems to draw attention to itself, and there is lots of new gear underneath, including the dual exhaust system, shocks, and gas tank. Bright whitewall tires on stock wheels with full wheel covers give it a correct look and handling that's exactly the way it should be.
These are nice cars to drive and no collection is complete without one. Just a nice little car that you can enjoy immediately. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- Bias Ply Tires
- Manual Convertible Top
- Power Steering
- Removable Hard Top
- Vinyl Interior
- Build Receipts
- Interior Color
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