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When GI’s who fought in the European Theater of World War II returned home, they brought with them fond memories of the British two-seaters that were a common sight over there. Some even managed to buy some and have them shipped home. It was clear to Detroit that there just might be a market for an American-made version of the famed two-seater open car.
The two most famous of these were the MG-TC (and the later TD) and the incredibly handsome Jaguar XK-120. Kaiser introduced the famed Kaiser-Darrin in the early 50s and Chevrolet would follow next with the legendary Corvette. Ford was not blind to Chevrolet’s new car but chose to develop a car along a different path.
It was decided their car would be made of metal instead of fiberglass; that it would be powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvette’s Blue Flame Six”; and that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop unlike the Corvette’s snap-on curtains. They further decided that it would, as much as possible, utilize the same tooling and parts interchangeability with the big Fords of that era.
This Magnificent Estate Classic is finished in Prized Thunderbird Colonial White with Black & White Interior, White Hardtop, and Black Soft Top. It underwent a Professional Hibernia Photo Documented Rotisserie Restoration, including Exterior, Interior, Brightwork, Top & Mechanics. Investment exceeds $250k with receipts. Included is a Portfolio, of Photo and Receipt Documentation.
It comes with a comprehensive complement of amenities including:
Ford Automatic Transmission
Floor-mounted Locking Button Shift Selector
Low and Drive Range
Sure Swift Power Brakes
Four Way Power Seat
Astra-Dial Full Instrumentation Panel
Telescopic Lifeguard Steering Wheel
Fully adjustable
Full instrumentation
Factory Tachometer
Directional Signals
Magicare Heating and Defrost System
Town and Country Sound System
Internal FM-Conversion
Electric Clock (Functional)
Cigar Lighter (Unused)
Colonial White Port Hole Hardtop
Fully Disappearing Soft Top
Haartz Cloth Canvas
Chrome Side View Mirror
Wing Windows
Rear Fender Skirts with Fender Shields
Seat Belts
Radial Wide Whitewall Tires
Stunning Continental Kit
Factory Scripted Wire Wheel Covers
Chrome Engine Dress Up Kit
312 Cubic Inch Displacement
225 Horsepower
9:1 Compression Ratio
3.80 X 3.44 Inch Bore & Stroke
Dual Exhaust System Through Rear Bumper Ports
T-Bird Scripted Floor Mats
Chrome Engine Dress Up Kit
12 Volt Electrical System
Significant Improved Reliability & Improved Lighting for Evening Tours
Full–Flow Oil Filter
Trunk Jack
Side Opening Fresh Air Vents
102 Inch Wheelbase
185 Inch Length
Highly Detailed Engine Compartment and Undercarriage
Show Quality
Original Owner’s Manual
In 1956, driving a Thunderbird immediately became the cool thing to do. It was considered “A Personal Car of Distinction.” It was a hit with Hollywood Celebrities, the Country Club Set, and Urban Singles. The popularity of the T’Bird forced Chevy to make changes to the Corvette to make it more luxurious, more powerful, and thus more appealing to a larger group of people. The T-Bird was a Sporty car, a Boulevard Cruiser, a Luxury Car, a Personal Car. It “sparked a “Passion in America” that lives on to this day!
This Magnificent Rare Thunderbird in Prized Thunderbird Colonial with Black & White Interior, with a multitude of options, is an Absolute Pleasure to Drive and garners all the “oohs and aahs” anytime out. Many ‘Baby Bird’ aficionados consider the “56” with the Factory Continental Kit to be the “Most Beautiful, and Most Desirable of the “Baby Birds” of the era. It is Truly One of the Very Best of the Best. It is Absolutely Pristine Throughout and Ready for Show or Tour.

Make and Model
TypeClassic Cars
Mileage and Type
Stock #AMS29213
Exterior / Interior
Body StyleConvertible
Exterior Color
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Interior Material
EngineV8 5.0L
Fuel TypeGas
Fuel EconomyCity / Highway

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