Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Looking to make a definitive statement behind the wheel of a modified classic? Roll up in this 1956 Ford Thunderbird restomod and watch the envy ensue. It no doubt will - this outstanding specimen has consistently vanquished all comers on the local car show circuit, collecting championship hardware at high profile competitions like World of Wheels, Good Guys and the Street Machine Nationals. And for very good reason - it's a great take on an iconic model, with its one of a kind looks and impressive array of high end components from front to back.
The '50s era T-birds are such an important part of automotive history that, where modification is concerned, a sort of Hippocratic oath applies - "First, Do No Harm." No worries here. With its eye-catching, deep black PPG paint ornamented with gold leaf stripes across its sides, this '56 certainly cuts a distinctive appearance, but it's an instantly recognizable, undeniably appealing one. The legions of enthusiasts who have admired the model for years would approve. From the front, where the hood scoop with its front billet bars sits over a show-stopping grille and modified front bumper, to the back, with its own custom bumper and perfectly positioned exhaust tips underneath, there's just so much to like on display here. The front windshield sports new glass framed by clean chrome and even the weather stripping is in good condition. There's a black cloth convertible top on hand for protection from the elements, with a rear window that's still nice and clear.
You don't often come across a custom interior on a par with this one. The low-backed bucket seats have a shape reminiscent of the originals, but now wear black Ultraleather covers with ostrich skin inserts that really stand out. A custom steering wheel with a billet center and ostrich skin wrapping sits just in front of a dash area that's been tastefully modified - it retains a nice part of its original configuration, but is thoroughly dressed to the nines, and the stock-look instrument cluster is bracketed by a tachometer and analog clock, with a set of vents in position just below to bring the cooling power of the Vintage Air system into the cabin. There will be no shortage of audio options while you're on the road. The custom AutoSound system features an AM/FM/CD stereo to go along with a Kicker amplifier, and a 10 CD changer is positioned in the trunk, so it's like having a personal juke box at your disposal.
The high impact exterior of this vintage Ford would lead you to believe that it was designed only for a display turntable or off the line asphalt pursuits, but it's got a lot more versatility to it. The powerplant under the hood is an absolute gem - a 302 cubic inch GT40 crate engine, armed with SVO heads, a Z303 performance cam, GT40 heads and a ProCharger Supercharger that brings performance to a whole new level. The power on hand is evident right away and the exhaust note emitted out of the Headman headers and into the Flowmaster exhaust has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. There's a custom-built 4-speed automatic transmission sitting just behind the engine and the overall gearing strikes a great balance - this T-Bird can melt rubber on command, but it's also surprisingly well-behaved in everyday conditions. Sway bars have been added in front and back to minimize body roll during hard cornering and with its 2" dropped spindles, the stance on this modded classic is just killer as it rules the boulevard on its Coy wheels that have been outfitted with billet centers and feature Hankook tires.
A dramatic, yet tastefully modded exterior, outstanding interior and array of top of the line components make this 1956 Ford Thunderbird restomod a very rare find. Call today!
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