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Vintage Racing | 1956 Ford Thunderbird: HCCTV

It's episode 4 of Hagerty Classic Car TV! This week, news from Fall Auburn Auctions, the sights and sounds of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca and a ride along in a 1956 Ford Thunderbird. Plus, host Matt Richmond admires a very tiny car. For more visit http://www.hagerty.com


 


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CLASSIC AMERICAN CAR 56 57 CHEVY 59 THUNDERBIRD CONVOY
We are in our white 1961 Chrysler New Yorker, driving home along the A127 in Essex, England. We were in convoy with our 6 classic American cars, returning from the Navestock classic , American and Hotrod car show near Brentwood in Essex. filmed by Ruthie from inside our own car on 9th August 2009. We passed Frank and Pat in their 59 Chevy Impala, Steve and Tracy in their 56 Chevy, Reg in his red 59 Thunderbird, Ken in his 57 Chevy Nomad and Ken in a 74 Chevy Nova. All cars and owners live locally in Essex.





Ford Thunderbird Old and New
Here is part of the 1956 Ford Thunderbird commercial and the 2002 Ford Thunderbird commercial. This was put together by www.lovefords.org Also shown are 1957 Thunderbirds, 1957 Fords, and 1958 Thunderbird.





1957 Ford Thunderbird "Hardtop, Soft Top,Tonneau Cover"
Beautiful 57 Bird, Recently Painted with New Top & Interior Exterior: Colonial White Interior: Red Soft Top: Black Removable Factory Hard Top: Black Tonneau Cover: Red (matches interior) Serial Number: D7FH267856 Mileage: 34,488 This stunning 57 Thunderbird has it's original 312 Thunderbird V-8 engine which was rebuilt by it's former owner who owned the car for the past 35 years. The car has new interior, carpeting, soft-top, trunk liner and interior carpeting & dash. It was recently repainted. The "Baby" Thunderbird Sports Car was introduced in 1955 and was produced 1955-1957. It was an instant sensation and today, more than 50 years later is considered to be 1 of the top 20 all time collectable American automobiles built in the 20th Century. The classic movie, American Graffiti, is remembered for the beautiful white 1957 Thunderbird that was driven in the movie by Suzanne Sommers. Here is some history of the 1955-1957 Thunderbird: The Ford Thunderbird began life in February 1953 in direct response to Chevrolet's new sports car, the Corvette which was publicly unveiled in prototype form just a month before. Under rapid development, the Thunderbird went from idea to prototype in about a year, being unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show on February 20, 1954. Like the Corvette, the Thunderbird had a two-seat coupe/convertible layout. Production of the Thunderbird began later on in 1954 on September 9 with the car beginning sales as a 1955 model on October 22, 1954. Though sharing some design characteristics with other Fords of the time, such as single, circular headlamps and tail lamps and modest tailfins, the Thunderbird was sleeker and more athletic in shape, and had features like a faux hood scoop and a 150 mph (240 km/h) speedometer hinting a higher performance nature that other Fords didn't possess. Mechanically though, the Thunderbird could trace its roots to other mainstream Fords. The Thunderbird's 102.0 inches (2,591 mm) wheelbase frame was mostly a shortened version of that used in other Fords while the car's standard 292 cu in (4.8 L) V8 came from Ford's Mercury division. Though inspired by, and positioned directly against, the Corvette, Ford billed the Thunderbird as a personal luxury car, putting a greater emphasis on the car's comfort and convenience features rather than its inherent sportiness. Designations aside, the Thunderbird sold exceptionally well in its first year. In fact, the Thunderbird outsold the Corvette by more than 23-to-one for 1955 with 16,155 Thunderbirds sold against 700 Corvettes. With the Thunderbird considered a success, few changes were made to the car for 1956. The most notable change was moving the spare tire to a continental-style rear bumper in order to make more storage room in the trunk. However, the addition of the weight at the rear caused steering issues. The spare was moved back to the trunk in 1957 when the trunk was restyled and made slightly larger. Among the few other changes were new paint colors, the addition of circular porthole windows in the fiberglass roof to improve rearward visibility, and a 312 cu in (5.1 L) Y-Block V8 making 215 horsepower (160 kW) when mated to a 3-speed manual transmission or 225 horsepower (168 kW) when mated to a Ford-O-Matic 2-speed automatic transmission; this transmission featured a "low gear", which was accessible only via the gear selector. When in "Drive", it was a 2-speed automatic transmission (similar to Chevrolet's Powerglide). The Thunderbird was revised for 1957 with a reshaped front bumper, a larger grille and tailfins, and larger tail lamps. The 312 cu in (5.1 L) V8 became the Thunderbird's standard engine, and now produced 245 horsepower (183 kW). horsepower (220 kW). Ford was pleased to see sales of the Thunderbird rise to a record-breaking 21,380 units for 1957. The 1957 Thunderbird was the last 2 seater car Ford produced for almost 30 years.





1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible Classic Muscle Car for Sale in MI Vanguard Motor Sales
http://www.ClassicCarBuyingSecrets.com Click now for an instant download on "How to Avoid the 7 Deadliest Mistakes of Buying a Classic Car Online"! Some cars are simply universal in their appeal. No matter if you're a Ford guy, a Mopar guy or a Chevy guy, there are some cars that transcend barriers. I'd argue that the 1955-57 Ford Thunderbird is such a car. Great looks and instantly recognizable, it all adds up to a beautiful car that everyone sees as something special. Some T-Birds are more special than others, however, and Ill argue that this '55 is one of the nicest we've seen lately. The recipient of a 3 year, body-off restoration that cost somewhere near $85,000, this car is in outstanding condition from top to bottom. The mirror finish black paint is absolutely beautiful, applied over those classic T-Bird curves. Whenever I think of an early 'Bird, I always picture this color combination. All of the chrome and trim is perfect, the bumpers have been re-chromed. The body is straight, solid and rust free. The panel gaps are awesome and the door, hood and trunk lips are clean. This car looks even better in person than it does in photos. The doors open and close with precision, the forward-tilting hood fits extremely well, and the trunk lid, including the pass-through for the fuel filler, fits well. The paint has obviously been cut and buffed, because the gloss is fantastic. Under the hood you'll find a nicely detailed 292cubic inch motor and the 3-speed manual transmission. Up front there's a 3-blade fan which looks awesome. The Thunderbird valve covers are a beautiful addition. The Exhaust manifolds have been coated to keep them looking "like-new" forever. A new heater box and duct work, new wiring and a new master cylinder were updated during the restoration. This 'Bird also received a fresh alignment. You will find a battery shut off switch under the dash as well. Underneath, you'll find that the entire frame has been treated to a black paint job before the body was reinstalled. The floors are as glossy as the body panels and it creates an awesome background for the details that are found throughout. The springs and shocks have been rebuilt, and the stainless steel Exhaust system is beautiful. The rear end housing has a paint job that is worthy of the hood! The gas tank has been refinished, and the brake lines as well as the parking brake cable are new. The steering gear is painted, the bushings are new and there are new motor mounts front and back. The back sides of the fenders are beautiful as well, showing no filler, no bumps and no bruises. The interior is a real treat. As I said, whenever I think of a '55-57 T-Bird, I always envision a black one with a black and white interior. The power seat has been as beautifully restored as the exterior, and are all-day driving comfortable. The instruments have been fully restored and look gorgeous in that jet-age instrument panel that is framed by engine-turned metal appliqu├ęs that run from end to end. The dash pad and carpets are also new. There is an aftermarket stereo installed in the dash. The original Town & Country AM radio is in working condition, and will go with the car to the new owner. Overhead, the black top fits extremely well. This T'Bird comes with a tunneau cover and an unfinished hardtop (all components required to finish it are available). The trunk features a new mat and a matching wide whitewall tire. Many T-Bird enthusiasts think that 1955 is the best-looking of all the early 'Birds, with no external spare tire like in 1956, and no extended trunk and mini tailfins like the '57. Instead, the purity of the original design that wowed crowds at car shows remained pretty much intact. Restored to spectacular condition inside and out, this particular '55 T-Bird is on that you can drive and enjoy, or trailer to a show and bring home trophies; it all depends on your mood. This is a car where you're getting an awful lot of restoration for not a lot of money, all surrounding a gorgeous, highly-collectable car that will always have an eager crowd of admirers around it. Like I said earlier, there's almost nobody who doesn't think an early Thunderbird is a great car. If you've longed to put one in your collection, I submit this as an excellent candidate. Call now! 7 days a week 248-974-9513 www.vanguardmotorsales.com





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Super Sleeper 1972 Nova - /BIG MUSCLE
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Classic Mini - Review 2013
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Porsche 911 Buyers Guide and Ferdinand Alexander Porsche Tribute: HCCTV
This week's episode of HCCTV features an early Porsche 911 buyers guide and a tribute to the late Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. For more visit http://www.hagerty.com





Learning to drive a manual in a 1930 Model A
Jonathan Klinger has been using a 1930 Ford Model A as his daily driver for nearly a year. As in, every day. Even in the snow. Ben has never driven a car with a manual transmission. Watch as Jonathan teaches Ben to shift gears on a 81-year-old three-speed manual transmission. Visit http://www.365daysofa.com to learn more about Jonathan's 1930 Model A. For more visit http://www.hagerty.com





1956 Ford TV Ad: Thunderbird
http://romanoarchives.altervista.org/ 1956 Ford TV ad. Original soundtrack is lost. Linn Productions Media soundtrack added (Demo Only) in 2008 by ROMANO-ARCHIVES, available on: http://www.linnproductionsmedia.com/ Editing by ROMANO-ARCHIVES. "SUBSCRIBING to this Channel is a MUST for researchers and RARE HISTORICAL FOOTAGE fans!!!" V. Romano A better quality version of this clip is available. Hi-Res videos from our Collections are available on DVD, CD or directly in your inbox. Clips and movies can also be downloaded from our servers using a PW or uploaded by us to your FTP.





1956 Ford Thunderbird test drive, Auto Appraise, Inc, http://www.autoappraise.com, 810-694-2008
Auto Appraise, Inc. Nationwide Group of Certified Auto Appraisers, cars jacked up on site, 150+ pics, videos, essay style reports, auto appraisals. 1956 Ford Thunderbird - Reeves http://www.autoappraise.com, 800-301-3886




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