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1956 Ford Thunderbird Is $76K-Worth of Minter Treatment Cool

If there is one car we would like to see making a comeback in Ford’s portfolio, that’s the Thunderbird. We know, the Blue Oval did bring it back, not long ago, but that’s not exactly the kind of revival we have in mind. We were thinking something more on the lines of what Ford has done with the Bronco last year, as the new SUV is showing all the signs of turning into an even bigger icon than its predecessor.
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As is, the only Thunderbird revival we got was the one in the early 2000s, but for a lot of people that was a dud of epic proportions, given the lineage it was supposed to continue. That means we’re only left with going through what’s presently out there in terms of the original Thunderbirds, and luckily there still seem to be enough of them to keep us busy for a while.

January is Ford Month here at autoevolution, and the Thunderbirds of old have been extensively featured (they’ll probably continue to be). For this end of the week, here’s a 1956 model year to get things going.

There are many shops out there playing their card with this line of Ford cars, but few are as famous in the T-Bird world as Amos Minter. The Texas-based garage has been at it for some time, and the cars restored there have become the highlight of the breed.

What you’re looking at is one of Minter’s Thunderbirds wrapped in turquoise, because this type of Ford always liked to put on the fancy colors. Its body was brought back to mint condition using, where possible, the original parts, and the interior was subject to work that ended with the fitting of a smaller-diameter steering wheel and the repositioning of the seat to get more space for the people inside.

The engine was rebuilt as well, with the 312ci (5.1-liter) getting things like a cooling package, improved lower fan shroud, and smaller water pump pulley.

The asking price for this particular Thunderbird is $75,900, and you can examine it some more at this link.

Editor's note: This article was not sponsored or supported by a third-party.

 

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