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1956 Ford Thunderbird
Standard Equipment


292 Y-Block 4V V-8 Engine (202 Horsepower)
3-Speed Conventional Drive
Semi-Centrifugal Type Clutch
6.70 x 15 4-Ply Tubeless BSW Tires
Dual Exhausts
Pleated Vinyl Upholstery
Astra-Dial Control Panel
Variable-Intensity Illuminated Control Knobs
Automatic Courtesy Light on Instrument Panel
Rear View Mirror on Windshield Upper Molding
Dual Horns
Deep-Center Lifeguard Steering Wheel*
2-Inch In-Out Adjustable Telescoping Steering Wheel
Electric Clock with Sweep Second Hand
Cigarette Lighter and Ash Tray
Glass-Fibre Top (with or without Port Windows*; no charge)
Lifeguard Door Latches*
Lifeguard Rear View Mirror*
Cowl Side Vents*
Glass Wind Deflectors*
Rear Spare Tire Carrier*

*Designates new standard feature for 1956

Image: 1956 Ford Thunderbird

Above: 1956 Ford Thunderbird in Thunderbird Gray Metallic. The Black Convertible Top was an option that could be substituted for the hard top at a reduced price for the convertible top, or ordered in addition to the hard top. Generally, cars equipped with both tops enjoy a price premium today. 90 percent of the T-birds ordered with the hard top in 1956 were equipped with the port windows, making them a favorite then, as they are now.