Lot 423

Hershey 2018

1956 Ford Thunderbird


$38,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
  • Rare and very attractive Sage Green
  • Recently restored; presents very nicely throughout
  • Features power steering, brakes, and windows

One of the most easily recognizable and iconic American automotive designs of the 1950s are the 1955–1957 “Baby” Thunderbirds, which offered a sporty and elegant style that is as admired now as it was when new. This exceptional example is a 1956 model, the rarest of the three model years produced. Finished as it was originally built in the rarely seen, sage green-hued Thunderbird Green color, this classic Thunderbird stands out from the rest. A dark green porthole hardtop complements the body color superbly, as does the high-quality dark green Stayfast soft top also included with the car. Factory luxury and convenience items include automatic transmission, power windows, power steering, power brakes, Town & Country radio, and continental spare. In addition, this Thunderbird is equipped with a set of wide whitewall radial tires mounted on a stylish set of real wire wheels.

Sold new in 1956 in California, the current owner recently treated this solid original ’56 “T-Bird” to a complete restoration. The restoration process featured stripping the body down to bare metal to insure an arrow-straight body and a mirror-gloss finish. A full mechanical restoration was performed by a previous owner, including a complete rebuild to the engine (as demonstrated by a recent compression check, recording 150 lbs. per cylinder), automatic transmission, as well as a complete detailing of the engine bay and undercarriage to create a truly beautiful car. Only 800 carefully driven miles have been put on this Thunderbird by its meticulous owner since restoration was completed a little over one year ago. The owner further notes that all components work as-new.

An excellent choice for exhibition, touring, and club events, or cruising on a Saturday night, this classic Thunderbird represents all that was good about the fabulous Fifties.