The Thunderbird was Ford's response to General Motors and their Chevrolet Corvette. When introduced in 1955 it outsold the more expensive Corvette by 24:1 as a direct result of its clean styling, creature comforts and V8 refinement. Now rightly becoming recognised as a "blue oval icon" the model now features in many serious and noted collections.
This 1955 T-Bird offered for sale is presented in Blue and furnished with black vinyl. The car has resided in the UK since 1963, hence the suffix ‘A' registration plate. A copy of the original ‘buff' log book from 1963 shows the first three owners and supports the early history of the car. It's unusual for a US car to house a manual gearbox, but that's exactly what this car has got - a three-speed manual to be exact, married to a correct 292 cubic inch 4.8 litre V8, which runs smoothly upon start up.
Looking through the history file, we believe that the car was restored between 2001 - 2004, as there are receipts for body panels shipped over from Mac's Auto Parts of Lockport, New York State, a classic Ford parts specialist. Being a slightly older restoration, the car would benefit from some cosmetic improvements such as some fresh paint and attention to some of the chrome in areas where it has pitted, although this isn't critical to enjoy the car.
The white glass-fibre hardtop fits wells and the soft top hood collapses away behind the seats of the car. An after-market rear bumper continental kit is also fitted to the car, but can be removed easily if not to one's taste.
This useable T-Bird is ready for a new owner to enjoy at a very realistic guide!