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1956 Ford Thunderbird
Exterior Paint Colors

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COLOR SAMPLE / CODE - NAME (FORMULA)

Image: A - Raven Black A - Raven Black (9000)

Image: E- Colonial White E - Colonial White* (8103)

Image: J - Buckskin Tan J - Buckskin Tan* (21215)

Image: K - Fiesta Red K - Fiesta Red* (70618)

Image: L - Peacock Blue L - Peacock Blue* (11415)

Image: M - Goldenglow Yellow M - Goldenglow Yellow* (80708)

Image: P - Thunderbird Gray Metallic P - Thunderbird Gray Metallic* (31386)

Image: Y - Sunset Coral Y - Sunset Coral* (70706)

Image: Z - Thunderbird Green Z - Thunderbird Green* (41972) (shown at right)

Thunderbird customers could choose between a hard top without port windows (as shown below) or one with port windows, at no additional charge. Demand for cars with the port windows far exceeded the demand those equipped with hard tops without the windows, due to improved visibility and the stylish appearance of the round windows. The rear spare tire carrier was standard on all Thunderbirds.

Image: 1956 Ford Thunderbird

Above: 1956 Ford Thunderbird in Thunderbird Green (paint code Z) with a Colonial White (paint code E) hard top.

*Designates a new color for 1956

Image: 1956 Ford Thunderbird Two-Tone Paint

TWO TONE COLORS (EARLY PRODUCTION)

BODY CODE/TOP CODE - COLORS
18 - Thunderbird Gray Metallic/Colonial White (shown above left)
19 - Thunderbird Gray Metallic/Raven Black (shown above right)
21 - Raven Black/Colonial White+
23 - Raven Black/Fiesta Red+
28 - Buckskin Tan/Colonial White+
30 - Fiesta Red/Colonial White+
31 - Goldenglow Yellow/Colonial White
32 - Goldenglow Yellow/Raven Black
33 - Peacock Blue/Colonial White+
35 - Sunset Coral/Raven Black+
36 - Sunset Coral/Colonial White
37 - Thunderbird Green/Colonial White+

TWO TONE COLORS (LATE PRODUCTION)

BODY CODE/TOP CODE - COLORS
21 - Raven Black/Colonial White+
23 - Raven Black/Fiesta Red+
28 - Buckskin Tan/Colonial White+
30 - Fiesta Red/Colonial White+
33 - Peacock Blue/Colonial White+
35 - Sunset Coral/Raven Black
36 - Sunset Coral/Colonial White
37 - Thunderbird Green/Colonial White+

+Body and top colors can also be inverted