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1955 Ford Thunderbird
With the popularity of the European sports cars in the American market you can bet American manufacturers were scrambling to try and capture that audience. Chevrolet struck first with the unveiling of the Corvette in 1953 and Ford was quick to respond with the Thunderbird in 55. These two seater roadsters had a sporty look and developed quite the following. This 55 TBird is a great starting point for someone looking to do a restoration. It was painted Red at some point in its life but came from the factory in a Black on Black combo. The body is pretty solid with most of the original sheet metal being in good condition. All of the original chrome/trim pieces are there and although they have lost some of their shine are still in good condition. With a little effort we suspect a lot of the trim could be brought back to life. All of the glass is in good shape as is the removable top. A big positive for the car is the fact that it has the SU dealer code on the data code plate. That means it was originally sold out of Houston. We know it has been in Texas for a large part of its life so there is a good chance it has never even left the state.
At some point in its life the drivetrain in the car was fully replaced. It is now powered by a 289 V8 backed with a C4 automatic transmission. So while it looks like a TBird it was Mustang powered at some point. The motor has not been in running condition for some time but is not frozen up so you have options when deciding whether to change it out or rebuild it.
On the inside the car was done in Black and most of the original components are all still there. It even has the factory power seat and window controls on the doors. The only major change from original is the T Handle green dot shifter to match the Mustang transmission. Everything else appears to be stock. Coming across projects like this does not happen as often as you would think so if your are shopping around for your next starting point this definitely one to check out. The 55 Thunderbirds are fairly desirable and we don't think it will take long before someone scoops this one up to give it a new life.
Make it yours for only $14,150.00!