Hershey | Lot 223

1956 Ford Country Sedan

Offered from the collection of Jeffrey Day

$57,750 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

10 October 2014

Chassis No.
  • Offered from the collection of Jeffrey Day
  • A very nice family driver with classic lines
  • Excellent colors and numerous accessories
  • Built for making malt shop memories

215 bhp, 292 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5 in.

Since its original factory-built woodie in 1929, Ford had been the wagon master, and with the smart styling of their Thunderbird-inspired 1956 models, even mom could look pretty cool behind the wheel of a Country Sedan. Ford also introduced its Lifeguard Designs in 1956, promoting such standard safety features as double-catch latches, which were designed to keep doors closed in the event of a collision. The energy-absorbing deep-dish steering wheels would set a new standard followed by other car makers in later years.

Under the hood, you had the power of a mighty Thunderbird V-8 engine to get the kids to their scout meeting or a load of groceries home from the supermarket. While this body style was phased out during the 1990s, a resurgence of nostalgia with the station wagon has seen several current manufacturers bring back this useful body style.

The eight-passenger Country Sedan offered here was built in Long Beach, California. It was the recipient of a frame-off restoration that was performed some years ago, and it was finished in Meadow Mist Green and Colonial White. It continues to have good fit and finish throughout, with nice paint and its bright metal trim showing only minor wear. The green vinyl and woven cloth interior is in brand-new condition, as is the dashboard and its gauges. The chassis and under the hood are clean but show evidence of driving, as would be expected from such a nice road car.

The enthusiast of accessories will find plenty to make him or her happy, as this car includes a Ford-O-Matic transmission, power steering, an AM radio, a heater, fender stone guards, rear fender skirts with chrome guards, side rocker panel molding, a painted sun visor, and Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels shod in wide whitewall radial tires. A dual exhaust has been added for an extra sweet note.

This Country Sedan has recorded only 16,266 miles, which are believed to have been covered since restoration, making it the perfect choice for a new owner seeking a “beach wagon” or comfortable vintage family transportation.

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