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Lot 106: Ford Thunderbird Convertible

RM Auctions at St.John's, RM Auctions (27 July 2013)

Beautifully restored AACA Grand National and James Melton Cup winner Loaded with accessories, including removable hardtop A year after its 1955 introduction, Ford's Thunderbird underwent significant improvements for 1956. With the steering adjusted, the rear springs softened slightly for a better ride, and improved weight distribution, it was now a more balanced road car. Visibility with the removable hardtop fitted increased, thanks to the now-famous portholes. From a convenience standpoint, the 1956 model featured a 12-volt electrical system, much-needed fender vents for interior cooling, and more trunk space, thanks to a stylish continental kitthe only Little Bird to have one as standard equipment. The performance capabilities of the 1956 Thunderbird were proven at Daytona Beach, beating almost all of its American and European competitors. In addition, the model joined the rest of the 1956 Ford line in being named Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year, in recognition of Ford's extensive progress in automotive safety. The fully restored Thunderbird offered here was originally restored in 1984. However, wanting to return the car to its original factory specifications, the previous owner decided to have the car restored once more several years later. In outstanding condition, it is finished in the most rare of factory colors, including metallic Thunderbird Gray, which was available only in 1956; it was also finished with such desirable options and conveniences as power steering, power brakes, power windows, a removable hardtop, and the larger and more powerful 312-cubic inch V-8 engine. The car's high-point restoration has been continuously well-kept and maintained over the passing years, and it has continued to receive many Best in Show awards, including AACA Grand National honors and the national James Melton Cup, as well as high recognition at the Meadow Brook Hall Concours d'Elegance. It remains in exceptional overall condition today, with a contrasting red and white interior that remains in clean and tidy shape, gleaming chrome, and a well-detailed engine bay. Mechanically, the car needs nothing, and it is understood to run and drive well. This fantastic Little Bird is a unique example that stands out from the rest in its snazzy and exclusive colors, and it remains in exceptional overall condition. After years of show, it fairly demands to be driven and enjoyed as the Ford Motor Company intended.

Lot Details
Auction RM Auctions at St.John's
RM Auctions, St. John's USA
TypeCar
Lot Number106
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$42900
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1956
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberP6FH154693
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Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2