Classic Vintage Removable Hardtop T-bird
Every year of the first-generation T-birds were a bit different, and the 1956 Ford Thunderbird is arguably the best of them all. This is sought after for features like the unique trim and continental kit out back. And this one is a complete with its larger optional V8 and special color combo.
The trim tag tells us this was born a Fiesta Red car, and that’s important because it was only offered in 1956. This also has all the details you’ll love, including the hood scoop, fender skirts, and the wheel covers with the Ford family crest in the center. Nice chrome accentuates this ’50s icon, and the exhaust still exits through the rear corners of the bumper – a feature only found on a ’56. The continental kit was standard equipment only on this year, and it adds a jaunty look to the sleek T-bird that’s very appealing. As you keep digging, you’re going to find even more desirable details. There’s even a cool story about how the trim tag has a Denver sales code, and this still wears a Denver dealer tag on the rear. So while you’re likely to make investments in this one, because that’s what we do with classics, it also has the interesting rarity that will always remain exceptional in its fundamentals.
The iconic porthole hardtop gives this one a timeless two-tone look. You’ll also love taking it off, because the same red and white color theme continues inside. These two colors are expertly intertwined on the doors, carpeting w/white floor mats, and dash/sun visors. And we especially like the two-tone seat that has a crisp look of a more recent investment. This is a personal luxury cruiser, and so there are some distinct premium features, like the power seat. Plus, this has a sporty style with the machine turned interior trim, plexiglas window speedometer, and large tach.
The P in the VIN means this was born with the optional 312 cubic-inch V8 and a Holley four-barrel carburetor on top. So nothing less will do under the hood of this premium convertible. It has all the right components, right down to the pie dish air cleaner and iconic Thunderbird logo valve covers. Plus, as you dig deeper, you’ll see the right items for a modern cruiser, including a conversion to a 12-volt system. This one was even given a thorough maintenance service about 1k miles ago. It makes for a strong powerhouse, and the automatic transmission makes for an easy cruiser.
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