It's without a doubt one of the most stylish and iconic cars ever to catch the fancy of the American car buying public. Just one look at this 1956 Ford Thunderbird will conjure up images of the early days of rock and roll, malt shops and drive-in movies. It's carrying factory-correct power under the hood and is sure to bring lots of appreciative smiles from onlookers as you pass them on the street.
Even though more than six decades have gone by since the first generation of T-Birds rolled out, they remain instantly recognizable - even to non-enthusiasts - as they've been such a part of American culture that we've been admiring them from afar for a long time. The Peacock blue exterior is certainly an attention getter, and with the continental-style rear bumper putting the encased, full-size spare on display in back behind the trunk - a feature that was added the very year this T-Bird debuted - it's visual impact is amplified. There's plenty of chrome on display here, and all of it - the front grille bearing a one of a kind Thunderbird emblem, the sturdy, but stylish front and rear bumpers, the eye-catching “Thunderbird” script and the front fender vents - looks great. When inclement weather calls for shelter, you'll have a couple of options - a folding, black vinyl convertible top, as well as a white accessory hard top that features a set of stylish porthole windows.
The two-tone blue and white interior, the original color combo, has been left almost entirely in stock configuration and there's no shortage of eye-candy here to draw your attention. The door panels flanking the bench seat match its color pattern, and the accents sitting directly above them merge with the trim on the dash to leave you surrounded on three sides by chrome. Just beyond the matching blue stock steering wheel, the dash area is particularly impressive, with a clear assortment of gauges in the instrument cluster and a clean looking dash pad above. The Thunderbird badge that presides at its center looks great combined with the pair of branded T-Bird floor mats below. The two aftermarket add-ons include the Hurst shifter that adds a cool, modern touch while still blending in well with its surroundings, and an AM/FM/Cassette system to provide your tunes while you're on the road. A full size spare sits in the trunk area beside a lug wrench, and the exposed steel of the wheel wells looks nice and clean.
There's factory-correct power underneath the hood in the form of a 312 cubic inch V8. It carries a 2-barrel Holley and a pair of original branded Thunderbird valve covers that look great - adding another element of authenticity to the engine as it sits in a very tidy engine bay. The powerplant starts up promptly and accelerates well - with the 4-speed manual transmission sitting just behind it, this drivetrain is configured for sheer fun. Ford was serious about providing a top notch driving experience when they configured this T-Bird, equipping it with power brakes and power steering for low-effort stops and navigation. The undercarriage below is straight and solid - not a common sight in a car more than 60 years old - with suspension and steering components that look surprisingly fresh. This classic among classics sits on a set of beautiful Kelsey Hayes wire wheels outfitted with Coker Classic tires that look as clean as any you're likely to come across.
With its iconic look and open-air driving experience at the helm of an exhilarating drivetrain, you have to check out this 1956 Ford Thunderbird. Call today!