Exceptional Condition 56 T-Bird 312 V8 PB AC Convertible Hardtop 91k SEE VIDEOS

Price: US $49,500.00 Item location: Citra, Florida, United States
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Thunderbird
  • SubModel: 2 Door
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Convertible Hardtop 312ci AT AC
  • Year: 1956
  • Mileage: 91,511
  • VIN: P6FH236705
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 312ci V8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Power Brakes, Air Conditioning
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Red
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Removable Hardtop, 312ci Engine Option, Continental Spare, Fordomatic Automatic Transmission, Air Conditioning, Convertible, AM/FM Cassette
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Hardtop 312ci AT AC

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Exceptional Condition '56 T-Bird 312ci V8 PB
Convertible with Hardtop 91,511 Miles SEE VIDEOS


LOW RESERVE 1956 Ford Thunderbird
T-Bird 2 Door Hardtop
2 Door Convertible Coupe
Automatic Transmission
Air Conditioning PB
312 V8 Gas Engine

Built by Ford Motor Company

ABOUT THIS 1956 THUNDERBIRD: Vehltor® Village, Inc. has physically consigned this legendary beautiful Ford vintage collectable from its present owner; we provide marketing support to find new owners and we complete all details for both the seller and the buyer.

Front license plate with '56 Indiana - it's nostalgic. This T-bird was sold in Chicago originally. The '56 nostalgia front license plate tag is believed to be from original owner (no way to verify that, but plate is included). The original owner is believed to have had it for 25 years. There may have been an owner between the first owner and the owner who purchased it in 1989. Present owner bought it 2 years ago from owner purchased 1989. So from timelines we believe it's likely this Thunderbird has had 4 owners and mileage actual.

The present owner provided us with lots of documentation and items that come with this timeless beauty to the next care taker. Present owner is shown above inside in a photo he provided to us. Below is another photo showing the top off - laying on the grass.

Present owner also provided us with a couple photos of its new convertible tan canvas top shown below. Two people can easily take hardtop off. Manual Convertible Top.

The new top just installed is heavy canvas, durable and easy to clean.

Present owner refers to this T-Bird as "his baby", and he's indeed done just that - he babies it! A long list of documentation, information and also parts come with this exciting classic.

Original Factory MSRP Label

Parts and Accessory Catalogs - Other Included

  • National Parts Depot 2018 Edition Thunderbird Restoration Parts and Accessories
  • Casco Thunderbird Specialist 2014 & 2016 Illustrated Parts Accessories Catalogs
  • Larry's Thunderbird Restoration Parts and Accessories Catalog and much more
  • Dozens and dozens of receipts for parts and work done to this 1956 Thunderbird
  • When purchased from previous owner, some older documentation also included

Lots of receipts and documentation you see above are all included
The present owner has spent thousands and thousands on updates

Has New Carpeting In Bag (and few other new andsome original parts included)

Items above are included with this purchase

The items you will receive with this prized Thunderbird are many -- parts above (some as mentioned and some are originals that were replaced), and numerous magazines that feature the 1956 Thunderbird; including:

LIFE and LOO, Motor Trend and Car Life magazines from 50's

  • LIFE - Edition May 21st, 1956

Table of Magazine's Contents

Ford Ad In This Magazine

  • LIFE - Edition October 1st, 1956

Table of Magazine's Contents

Ford Ad In This Magazine

  • LIFE - Edition December 5, 1955

Table of Magazine's Contents

Ford Ad In This Magazine

  • LOOK - Edition April 7, 1956

Table of Magazine's Contents

Ford Ad In This Magazine

  • Motor Trend Edition - June 1956

Magazine's Cover

Ford Ad In This Magazine

  • Car Life - May 1956

Magazine's Cover

Ford Ad In This Magazine

  • Plus a Picture Book (shows some past work done by other owners)

Comments written by owner that purchased in 1989

Photos taken by owner that purchased in 1989

All items listed above are yours with the purchase of this 1956 Ford Thunderbird, including one of the dozens of trophies the present owner has won attending collectible and classic shows and events. He's including the one trophy shown below to get you started :)

Club Choice Award

Present owner says this T-Bird has been so much fun --take the top off and you feel like you are transported back in time. He truly hopes the next owner has as much enjoyment and creates as many memories as he has. He believes he purchased it from the third owner and the mileage showing on the odometer of 91,511 is believed to be original mileage. You'll find all the information we know throughout this extensive ad.

Make sure to see the videos where the owner goes over a lot of good information. You can do that by clicking on the popcorn graphics or video links in this ad. Bid with confidence as we're confident you will love this vehicle.

NOTE: There is no lien on this vehicle; the Florida title is free and clear. Please see our terms of sale. We are a licensed bonded State of Florida motor vehicle dealer, we will help guide you with titling and registration in whatever state you are going to title it in. Once you've purchased and paid and your funds have fully cleared we can release both the vehicle and title; we can quickly complete your purchase and get your baby to you :)

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Did you know?

The Ford Thunderbird first started in 1955

ABOUT 2nd Year Thunderbird

If you want to know about the '56 model year
for the Thunderbird ... read at bottom of this ad.



In 1956, its second year, the trend-setting Thunderbird introduced two of its most memorable and endearing styling features:

  • The port windows (portholes) in the hard top
  • The rear spare tire carrier (Continental kit)
  • Both of these items were introduced for practical reasons, the port windows to improve vision out of the car and the rear spare tire carrier to increase luggage space in the trunk.

    1956 Model Year Changes

    • 12-Volt electrical system
    • New Thunderbird emblem design on exterior
    • Deep dish, 3-spoke safety design steering wheel
    • First year for front fender vents
    • Zippered rear window on convertible top (except early 1956 production)
    • Port windows on hard top
    • Exhaust outlets in rear bumper ends
    • Round heater knobs
    • Rear spare tire carrier
    • Vented gas cap
    • Ford Lifeguard Design safety features
    • Wing windows on front door
    • Ridge under headlamp door

    200+ photos of this 1956 in this ad AND
    make sure to see the additional Photo
    Gallery for many other photos ...

    On This
    T -Bird

    Sold New: Morton Motors Inc., Chicago IL
    • 312 ci V8 Engine
    • Fordomatic Drive Transmission
    • Air Conditioned (newly installed)
    • Heater and Defroster
    • Full Wheel Covers
    • Removable Hardtop (with port windows)
    • Convertible Top (canvas, not vinyl)
    • Turn Indicators
    • Tinted Glass
    • Power Brakes
    • Positive Action Wipers

    Original MSRP: $2,886.01



    NOTE: Between the photos you see directly in this ad and the other photos in the additional photo gallery there are 200+ photos overall.

    Here are a few highlight photos ...

    ... from the hundreds of photos showing how solid this '56 T-Bird is ...

    What can we say that a picture worth a thousand words says ...

    You will love every minute with your timeless vintage collectable

    See the comments section for new upgrades

    Hop on in, your time machine is ready for you ...

    Where are you going on your first road trip?

    Pretty clean underneath, see all photos

    With the outside spare, much room for luggage - docs you see included

    Show car all the way ... if you are ready to win, this is for you!


    THE 1956




    Our original VIN Plate (found on driver side firewall)

    The Data Plate for the 1956 Thunderbird (shown below) is located in the engine compartment on the cowl just to the right of and below the hood latch mechanism on the passenger's side of the car. The plate is aluminum and has black printing on it with raised digits. It is riveted in place. Additionally, the serial number is stamped on the right front chassis rail, which can be observed with the hood raised.


    OUR VIN #: P6FH236705


    P is: 312 c.i. Engine Code

    Transmission: Fordomatic

    6 is: 1956 Model Year

    F is: Dearborn MI Assembly Plant

    H is: Body Style Thunderbird

    236705 is: Consecutive Unit Number

    '56 T-BIRD

    ' 56 FACTORY



    Body Type: 1955 and 1956 Models were coded 40A


    K = original color Fiesta Red

    Body Color: K (Fiesta Red)


    XB = Red and White Vinyl

    Trim Color: XB (Red and White)


    Day of Month: 5
    Month: C is March

    MSRP time stamp shows the
    MSRP Label was applied
    March 6, 10:44PM, 1956

    Dealer Code: GX
    Schedule Item Number: 248


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    Many of our Clients tell us they love our Vehltor® SuperAds™ as they are considerably different in detail with extensive information, way more than most vehicle ads you may see. As such our ads take longer to view. See the videos you can access from links in this ad where you will find a lot of information and in most of our ads conversations directly with the owner of the vehicle. We strive to include extensive detail and information so you can make your best purchase decisions.

    Please make sure before you bid to take your time to thoroughly read this ad. We also suggest that you re-read this ad and see all of the videos twice. Like a great book or movie, the second time you almost always see things you missed the first time around. Make sure to see 200+ photos and many videos. NOTE: Make sure to check at the very bottom of this ad (and all eBay ads) for any comments, answers to questions, additions or corrections that may have been added during time the the time ad has been live. Thanks!

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    VEHICLE 1956 Ford Thunderbird
    T-Bird 2 Door Hardtop
    2 Door Convertible Coupe
    Automatic Transmission
    Air Conditioning PB
    312 V8 Gas Engine

    Built by Ford Motor Company

    Bodies by The Budd Company Detroit

    TIP: Make sure you look at the wonderful qualities this
    has - read all the written information in ad.



    Ready to take you back in time ...

    T-Birds make such a statement

    Everyone you know will want to borrow her ...

    She is only for you !!

    Almost looks like a scale model, so perfect

    An unmistakable look

    She has beautiful eyes, doesn't she

    You see reflections of the speckled floor in the chrome

    Hood scoop allows forced air in

    Side pop out vents were added to flow fresh air inside

    The chrome really is eye grabbing

    Side vents clear adjustable wing deflects air

    Outside adjustable mirrors

    Chrome in all the right places - distinctive!

    Large wide whitewalls - an era of our times

    Doors open wide for easy access

    The dark cover you seeon the dash is actually see through from inside

    The design of flowing chrome connecting is really so sharp

    Rear fin tail, large brake lights

    Thunderbird scripted in chrome

    Beautiful Continental Rear Spare

    Truly such a top class statement

    Notice the chrome wrap is bordered by black trim

    This is a real spare tire inside, added lots of trunk room

    You can see how the rear exhausts comes out side of the rear bumper

    Close up of dual exhaust outlets

    Fender skirts are easy to remove

    Exceptional original rear taillights

    Rear window in the hardtop

    Hardtop just unlatches and lifts off

    Most all rubber window seals are in great condition

    Latch just flips to the side for easy top removal

    Body lines are smooth and line up beautifully

    The porthole windows in the hardtopeliminated blind spots

    So sleek -- flowing body lines and classic, rich looking ...

    Great visibility all around with wrap-around front windshield

    Just the right touches to set off elegant beauty

    To the point - what beautiful fender lines

    The paint is incredible ...

    Has windshield washer ports, see comments

    Amazing how they got all the chrome to join so smoothly

    Oops, how did I get in that picture ...

    Has factory tinted glass

    Where did the drivers door go? Opens so wide ...

    Hood ornament


    Rear tire storage tilts back to open trunk (see trunk photos)

    This Thunderbird has so many original parts

    The original rear package tray is included in parts you receive

    Oh yeah, this is the cat's meow

    My heels are on fire, this will take us there fast!

    Looks like the beginning of Cloud 9 (really happy :)

    You see speckled floor reflection in wheel cover

    P205 / 75R15 Tires

    Cast your eyeballs on this ... I want you !!

    Cherry - isn't she !!!

    International Class all the way

    Cast an eyeball this way ...

    This baby's chrome plated (dressed up ;)

    You will be a fat cat in this ride

    This is one classy chassis



    The INTERIOR At 60+ years of age, you will be
    so delighted with the condition
    with this collectible investment

    Hop in our chariot

    Driver door jamb - the lock mechanisms work great

    Driver door jamb and hinges in clean condition

    Look how beautiful the condition is ...


    Rear top canvas is covered by two flaps, one on each side

    Shows the canvas convertible top which tucks behind the seats

    Let's have some back seat bingo ... wanna?!

    Lots of leg room (see specs)

    Shows large vent in left kick panel, flows through air from outside

    High beam floor button, parking brake on left, factory floor mat

    New AC system is center mounted, takes up minimal space

    Large brake and gas pedal, inside hood release

    Clock to the right (original but does not presently keep time)

    Get in and floor it ... (you know you wanna ;)

    Three- spoke factory steering wheel with horn ring

    Headliner is in exceptional condition

    Long wide front sun visors for driver and passenger

    Convertible top front latch (simple and easy to open)

    Center dash light comes on when doors are open

    Automatic transmission center mounted shifter (backlit at night)

    Factory tachometer, headlight switch, air vent control, key switch

    150 Miles Per Hour Speedometer

    Gauges light up from behind

    Heater, defroster, fan speed controls (cigar lighter does not work)

    Love the free flowing design lines inside

    Front latch to remove hardtop (one latch each side)

    For 60+ years old, really looks like new ...

    Original Ford factory T-Bird Floor Mats

    The carpet looks new, believed to be original

    Door red and tan panels are recently new

    Door lock mechanisms in top condition, canvas top showing


    Got dual seat belts - hey, where is the passenger door?? ;)

    Door jambs and hinges are clean

    Most rubbers and locking mechanisms are in exceptional condition

    Steppin' on up ... door sill plates top condition

    Brand darn new ....

    Passenger porthole inside view

    Headliner fits great

    Dash pad is exceptional condition in every way

    Dash radio speaker cover

    Large glove box, nice and clean inside, original labels

    A view of driver's side from the passenger seat

    Dash is beautiful, exceptional condition

    Finished off everywhere so nicely

    Some slight scratches on door panel

    Beautiful rear wide view out the back window

    Trim wrap was a little short, hard to notice, but we show all

    In and out, easy latch to remove top ...

    Two rear latches is all there is to it

    See tire on the RV next to it through porthole window

    Seats are brand new


    Slide on it to your baby, baby ;)

    Showing rear material flap that conceals convertible canvas top

    Door sill plates are new recently

    Look at the original carpet under the floor mat, like new

    Under the dash on passengers side

    C'mon, hop on in, don't be shy, I'll give you a good time <waiting for you>

    Swings open wide ...

    In excellent condition


    Remember the good ole' days ...

    So popular, models were built to scale as collectibles ...


    THE HOOD Enjoy - she runs so fine.

    See Videos ...

    Under the hood is high quality sheen as is the rest of the paint

    Battery is new fairly recently, with lots of life left in her

    New relays, all wiring updated

    Under the hood is in exceptional condition

    Heater and fan system, ac system is new

    Sure is a great presentation under the hood

    Wipers work great, has washer bag, but washers do not work

    New radiator and many parts, see comment section

    Present owner purchased new factory valve covers

    Flow through air from hood scoop

    Rubber, wiring, hoses all in top condition

    Let's agitate the gravel ...

    Take a deep breath, she will wow you

    Washer jets are there, washers do not work (not sure why)

    Radiator, air conditioning, starter and more new - babied!!



    1956 Ford Thunderbird
    T-Bird 2 Door Hardtop
    2 Door Convertible Coupe
    Automatic Transmission
    Air Conditioning PB
    312 V8 Gas Engine

    Built by Ford Motor Company

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    We are going to let you browse
    the many photos here, andthere are
    more in the additional photo gallery

    Through inspection: certified technicians outside inspection company (see report)

    Browse on ...


    Under one door

    Under another door



    Spare tire appears to be new, owner has never had it down



    Open wide - she does

    Lots of room, wide, deep and long

    Appears to be original label under trunk lid

    Jambs are all in exceptional clean condition

    Trunk floor is solid under mat

    Side cover in side trunk

    Rear spare tire mount tilts out (see videos)

    Gas door lid in part of the trunk lid

    Shows rear trunk lock, carrier flipped out

    Key cover works great


    Round key for trunk lock and door lock, other for ignition

    Exceptional condition, one beautiful Thunderbird

    Still can sneak someone into the drive in ...

    Shine, shine , shine, even inside ....

    Rear trunk latch (inside rear back panel)

    Shows inside rear trunk lid

    Lots of secure room to carry what you have


    Make sure to view the
    50+ additional photos ...

    See inside, outside, under hood
    underneath and other areas.

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    1956 Ford Thunderbird
    T-Bird 2 Door Hardtop
    2 Door Convertible Coupe


    The '56 Thunderbird is truly a work of art!

    Here below is what was found on this
    vehicle by our team and the inspectors.


    1956 Ford Thunderbird
    T-Bird 2 Door Hardtop
    2 Door Convertible Coupe
    Automatic Transmission
    Air Conditioning PB
    312 V8 Gas Engine

    Built by Ford Motor Company
    This 1956 classic is a collectable you will love ...

    Vehicle Information | Title State: Florida Clean Title

    VIN: P6FH236705 |-Odometer: 91,511 (believed to be original)

    Year: 1956 | Make: Ford | Model: Thunderbird

    Engine: 312 V8 | Fuel Type: Gas

    100% Vehltor® Guarantee: Vehicle is guaranteed to be s pictured and described.

    We recommend you base your decisions on what you read in our ad and see in the 200+ plus photos and what you see in our Vehltor® Virtual Video Tour™. We are thorough and detailed, yet there still may be questions you have.

    That said, your satisfaction is our utmost goal and focus — please do us a favor as you read through the entire ad and view all the photos and videos. That favor is to take a moment and jot yourself a note when you spot something you have a question on or of interest to you. We will be delighted to get you the answers in short order so you can make your best informed decision. We invite and welcome your input, opinions, comments, and questions.

    Let us know - just contact us, thanks!

    NOTE: We like to show you all of the details we noted so we use close up photos as much as we can. You will see we include many close up photos in our ads — with close up photos be aware that things you normally you would not see at all - like the tiniest lint or spec of dust in close up photos the lint or dust will appear magnified, huge, but just dust. When you're looking at the vehicle in person you do not usually even see any of the lint or dust. So as the saying goes, excuse our dust <wink>.

    This vehicle and its condition and state of readiness at all times showsshe has been pampered by its owner. The car cover will be included - she will be dusted prior to your pickup or shipment to you. Some photos in this ad because of lighting conditions may appear unclear (or appear to have shadows). No matter how many photos we try and do show, the vehicle always looks better in person. You will absolutely love her when you first see her!


    Knobs, window levers, headlamps, door and trunk locks, horn, wipers, tail lights and signal lights, etc have been checked by Team Vehltor® and also an outside vehicle service company inspected this vehicle (see the link to the inspection report below) — things on this vintage vehicle are in proper working condition, no worries! (If we found something anywher, see NOTE below and red text.)

    Interior: Exceptionally well done inside, most of it's like new as the present owner just replaced many things brand new (tons of receipts included). Seats are brand new, carpet is original (with brand new carpet in a plastic bag that was bought as part of the interior package this present owner bought, but the original carpet was so good he left original carpet in); door panels some scratches - (see photos - the original door panels are included), dash panel in exceptional condition (all gauges except clock work), glass in all areas are in excellent condition. Heater and defroster work. Please review the ad text description in all areas and captions under the photos for known details about condition of the interior.

    The air conditioning was added a year and a half ago by the present owner (did not come with ac from factory), you will love this ac -- it is ice cold and will keep you cool.

    Exterior: Exceptionally clean and solid appearance. Sleek and beautiful. The paint was just refreshed by the present owner within the last two years. Few signs of some body filler, however this vintage was said to be restored by the owner who purchase it in 1989 (see photos in book) - but at almost 65 years of age, she is in fantastic condition overall (see all photos). You'll be so proud to own this vintage Thunderbird.

    Please review the text description for more details about condition of the exterior. See mention and photos on some scratches on chrome, not easy to see most all of them from back a bit (as she is really stunningly beautiful), but as we have taken many close ups photos they show up in our ad way more than you tend to see in real life. Our close up are where you literally would be a couple feet away). Otherwise all chrome on the entire vehicle is outstanding physical condition. Overall the exterior looks like new.
    NOTE: #1) APPEARANCE ITEMS: There's a couple paint blems (they are shown in blem area below. #2) Tiniest scratches in chrome trim (see blem area) Anything we mention noted - you can see it in blem areas section below.

    Mechanically: She runs smooth and sounds great (see videos), transmission shifts out as it should. Pump the gas pedal twice, the engine fires right up and away you go. The mechanic who inspected this 1956 said she checked out great -- the inspection shops comments on the receipt were NO MAJOR ISSUES FOUND - just a couple things were noted that need attending to.

    The original engine was said to be reworked two years ago (new lifters - valve job), new 4bbl carb, new starter, new fuel pump, new electric cooling fans, new radiator, power brakes just done in the last two years, new valve covers (the original factory covers come with included parts).

    See the actual mechanic inspection PDF for the entire report - a couple fluid leaks were noted: believed to be valve cover gaskets and oil pan gasket needed (oil main seal and oil pump gasket were a question mark as need to do the other gaskets first). Reverse back up lights do not come on. Windshield washers and cigarette lighterdo not work.Transmission linkage seal seeping. Otherwise in all other areas she passed inspection with flying colors.

    Otherwise this sweetheart is ready for you to have fun and create your memories.

    Enjoy the Vehltor® Virtual Video Tour™ as you accompany Team Vehltor® on a road test and experience this fantastic vehicle out on the open road, information about many things and owners comments. Other than mentioned items nothing else known is needed. Please review description for other details.



    In the photo gallery page there
    are full size photos of the above.

    Touch up on nicks if you must, but as you can see all blems are hard to see, this ---- is beautiful and clean in every way. Absolutely in amazing condition. Or, simply don't worry about it, none of the appearance items affect functionality in any way.

    This 1956 drives wonderfully in our opinion. We are not experts, but we can tell you it has lots of power and accelerates quickly and brakes and steers great (as you will see in the video). She drives straight down the road, we so enjoyed our drive. We again, found no issues than those noted; she is ready for another 65 years.

    Make sure to view the
    100+ additional photos ...

    See inside, outside, under hood
    underneath and other areas.

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    Below is great information on
    the 1956 Ford Thunderbird -
    we found it really enjoyable
    and very educational on the '56,
    we hope you will enjoy it too

    Everything has its story; here is more on the '56 year T-Bird:

    With the 1955 andthe firstmodel year under its belt, in 1956 Ford introduced the second version of America's favorite personal car to great fanfare. The 1955 model was not without its problems, as would be expected with anything new that was mass produced at this time. Man's capabilities were somewhat limited, but by constantly pushing those limits, better designs and more technological breakthroughs happened.

    We would like to give credit to Automotive Mile Posts for this information.

    '56 Model Year Changes

    Complaints of an overly warm passenger compartment were addressed with the addition of new front fender cowl vents, which directed air from outside directly into the interior foot well areas. Manually operated from inside the car, a lever could be moved to open of close the doors on the front fenders. A rubber seal prevented water from entering when closed, and a bug screen kept bugs out when opened.

    Inside, a chrome casting of vertical louvers initially directed the incoming air toward the rear of the car; however, the interior still seemed to be too warm and it was discovered that air circulation improved with the louvers directed toward the front of the car, so the interior castings were flipped and some degree of relief was provided. Later during the production run, the transmission fluid was piped through the radiator to help keep the transmission cooler and thus reduce interior temperatures. But even with these changes the interiors still tend to be a bit warm on these cars.

    Another complaint about the '55 cars was wind noise and turbulence in the passenger compartment. This was solved with the addition of wind wings attached to the front door frames. These glass windows were on the outside of the car, and could be manually adjusted to direct the air flow away from the open window, cutting down on drafts and reducing the noise level created by the forward movement of the car.

    Another issue for potential Thunderbird buyers in its virgin year was the lack of luggage space. With the spare tire in place, there was very little room in the trunk of the '55 cars, with the tire taking up nearly half of the room, as it was secured lying flat on the floor on the right side. And even though it was recessed into the right fender somewhat, it still consumed a great deal of space. The jack was tucked under the left fender, out of the way. This meant that a couple of small suitcases could be placed in the trunk, or several bags of groceries, but little else. Golf clubs? No way. This was a rather big issue, and Ford knew it must be addressed.

    The easiest answer was to get rid of the spare tire, but what to do with it? The solution came with a redesign of the rear of the car. The spare tire was placed in a carrier perched on the rear bumper, and decorated with a two piece color-keyed cover to hide the tire. A hub cap or wheel cover that matched the others on the car was placed in the cover to provide decoration. The rear bumper was modified to house the assembly, and the exhaust outlets were redirected to the outside ends of the new rear bumper. The center section of the bumper projected outward to allow room, and the spare tire assembly leaned forward, hovering over the rear of the deck lid.

    To open the trunk or reach the gasoline filler tube, the spare wheel assembly must be tilted backward. It is generally easier to access the gas filler once the deck lid has been raised, although that isn't a requirement. The spare wheel must be properly adjusted at all times, or it can strike the rear bumper and damage the cover section and/or wheel cover. A stone guard under the spare tire carrier protects the lower portion of the cover from damage from road debris.

    Moving the spare tire to the rear in this manner became an instant styling sensation, and resolved the issue of no luggage space. However, even with the spare tire gone there was less than generous storage, but it was now certainly adequate for a two passenger automobile. A rubber mat covered the floor, and a matching rubber curtain hung at the front of the compartment. A cardboard panel was placed between the jack and left rear fender to prevent damage to the fender when removing or storing the jack, but no such protection was provided on the right side. Late during production, a new "Burtex" composition fabric would replace the rubber mat and curtain, which would dress up the luggage compartment considerably.

    Placing the spare tire at the extreme rear of the car caused some changes to the way the car handled. Drivers soon became familiar with the tendency of the rear to fishtail, and experienced some instability during strong crosswinds. This was a new concern, and one that Ford would need to address before the next model year.

    Other exterior changes were minimal. The Ford crest with crossed flags emblems were removed from the hood and fuel filler door. On the hood, a new stylized chrome Thunderbird emblem appeared with a Turquoise-colored plastic insert that spelled out Thunderbird in script lettering. The front grille, bumper, bumper guards, parking light assemblies, and other chrome trim were identical to the previous year. The headlamp door (the round color-keyed frame around the headlight opening in the front fender), was modified and included a new "rib" on the underside of the lip at the top.

    The "Y-8" emblems on the front fenders behind the chrome hash marks were replaced by a small Ford crest, which had a plastic mult-colored insert. It was used on the hard top on the 1955 cars. The standard hub cap for 1956 measured 10 1/4" in diameter and had a chrome domed section at the center, which was surrounded by a white band with the letters "FORD" spelled out twice.

    Most of the exterior changes were in the rear, and in addition to the new spare tire carrier, new tail lamps were used which included a round reflector at the top. The metal insert or back-up light lens (if equipped) were below that, and a chrome ring outlines a center protruding section of the red tail lamp lens.

    Inside, a new pattern appeared on the seat. The pleated inserts returned as before, but were no longer interrupted on the seat back cushion. The contrasting bolster along the top of the seat back now ran uninterrupted across the full width of the seat, and the center section of the seat was no longer split in half. The center panel on the seat back only extended about 3/4ths of the way up the seat, with the white pleated section now separating it from the upper bolster. A Ford crest was embossed into a circular design in the center panel. The door panels now featured an embossed stitch design in the horizontal creases of the panels.

    The big news at Ford for 1956 was its Lifeguard Design safety features. In conjunction with major universities, police departments, leading medical groups, and other experts, Ford participated in studies that showed many injuries were caused by doors that opened on impact in an accident, or hard objects such as dashboards, sun visors, steering wheels and columns, upon which they were thrown during an impact. As a result of these studies, Ford introduced several optional Lifeguard Design options, including a padded dashboard cover, padded sun visors, and seat belts. Included as standard, however, were Ford's Lifeguard Design deep-dish steering wheel and double-grip door latches, which Ford called Lifeguard Door Locks. The optional items weren't big sellers, although the safety belts were the more popular of the choices offered.

    A more extensive color selection was offered for 1956, both inside and outside. New interior colors included Tan and White and Green and White. A Buckskin Tan was introduced as a new exterior paint color, as were revised shades of white, red, and Peacock Blue replaced Thunderbird Blue. In March 1956, Thunderbird Gray, Thunderbird Green, Goldenglow Yellow, and Sunset Coral were introduced. The hard top was now available in a contrasting color as well.

    In order to provide a solution to limited vision with the hard top installed, Ford designers came up with the first generation Thunderbird's most notable styling feature: the port window. These simple, round windows surrounded by a band of chrome greatly improved rearward and side vision and at the same time gave the hard top an attractive new styling element. At first, Ford wasn't sold on this design, and offered the hard tops with or without the port windows, at no additional charge. It soon became clear that the public loved them, as orders for cars with the port windows far exceeded those without.

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    A Look at the Early Generations of the Ford Thunderbird

    Posted By: Blackburn Wheels on Jan 28, 2014

    Ford Thunderbirds... for 50 years the bodies may have changed, but the idea and the name has remained faithful to the original. One of the pioneers of the "personal luxury car, "? the T-Bird, as it is commonly called, still sets standards for others to follow.

    To those in the know and especially the legions of fans and owners of the different years there are nicknames to differentiate different body styles. The first generation began in 1955 and ran up until and including the 1957. These were known as the "Littlebird”. The second generation spanned 1958 to 1960 and were dubbed the "Squarebird”. The "Bigbird" flew from 1961-1963. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on if you cringed at the aforementioned nicknames) subsequent generations have not spawned universally accepted nicknames. We will focus our attention on the four early generations in this article as they are of the most interest to collectors.

    The T-Bird was Ford's answer to arch-rival Chevrolet's debut of the Corvette in late 1952. As Ford was not in favor of a "sports car”, the new car was designed as a "personal" car with all the luxury and convenience features that existed in Ford's existing parts bin. Thankfully the names initially considered such as Beaver, Hep Cat and Wheelaway were all rejected in favor of the Thunderbird, a revered symbol of the Pacific Northwest native culture and one always seen at the top of the totem pole - a fitting image for Ford.

    First Generation: 1955 to 1957 the "Littlebird”

    The Littlebird was the first model off the line 20 months after getting the green light to build it by Ford. It was a two-seater with a choice of convertible or hardtop powered by a 292 cid V8 (the Corvette at this time only had a 6 cylinder). In its first year Ford managed to deliver 16,000 units to eager owners, easily outstripping its rival. External differences that make it easy to tell the model years such as a 'porthole' on the optional hardtop of '56 cars to address a blind spot in the initial model. An external spare for improved luggage capacity was also introduced in '56 to address customer complaints about room for golf clubs. You can tell a 1957 by the more elaborate front bumper and an elongated trunk with more pronounced fins (the spare went back inside too).

    More great information on Thunderbird history at:

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