Ford’s Thunderbird came into the scene with a bang in 1955, outselling the Corvette more than 23 to one. It was marketed as a personal luxury vehicle rather than a sports car, setting itself apart from the rest of the two-seater crowd. 1956 saw some cosmetic and utilitarian enhancements, including an outside mounting of the spare tire for more trunk space, 12-volt electrics to make starting easier, and seat belts.
This seller claims this red ’56 is a one-owner vehicle. It’s said to be rust-free, with just occasional Sunday drives since its reported restoration 22 years ago. It’s missing its soft top, both doors sag a bit when opened, the speedometer is broken, and somewhere along the line it lost its bumper jack—but fresh whitewall tires have been fitted, and new door hinge pins and weatherstripping come with the car to adjust the doors if desired. The seller says it runs great and drives just like a new car, and with lots of chassis shots included in the listing, there should be no surprises hiding for the next owner – but as with all long-distance buying, nothing beats a hands-on inspection.
Fords from the mid- to late-’50s have always been popular among American car collectors, and with over 170 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbirds sold this past year on eBay Motors, it’s clear the T-bird is still at the top of the heap. See the listing here.