1956 Thunderbird Equipped With Factory-Installed Continental Kit

May 18, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

1956 Ford Thunderbird1956 Ford ThunderbirdWhen I posted this 1956 Ford Thunderbird before, I didn’t do it justice.

First is the pain job. I lost my notes when I got rid of my old smartphone, but if I remember correctly, the paint was black with green speckles.

I might have the colors wrong because of memory and/or because of the bright sunlight, which does turn some darker paint colors into appearing as black.

This is particularly acute with digital cameras that sometimes cannot distinguish subtle color variations. This even occurs on my expensive DSLR cameras and Nikkor lenses.

I would welcome any corrections to my memory and apologize for the loss of notes. I waited too long to write about the cars I photographed in 2022.

The 1956 Thunderbird is a popular model among Thunderbird enthusiasts.

Ford Motor Co.’s brochure of this model tells a lot and takes us back a step back in time.

“In achieving its flashing new style and performance, the Thunderbird sacrifices nothing in luxurious comfort and generous convenience,” the brochure states. “It combines for the first time the superior roadability and dashing flair long attributed to foreign sports cars with the American idea of what constitutes practical transportation.

“The result is the most exciting personal car that America has yet produced,” the brochure continues. “One inspection and you’ll agree that here, indeed, is the ultimate in personal transportation!”

In an image of the interior, with an attractive model standing against the car, the brochure states, “Here is beauty that is breathtaking! Notice how the control panel groups its instruments so that they can be read at a glance.

“Signal lights warn of low oil pressure and insufficient generator output. A tachometer which allows engine revolutions per minute is standard. So is the electric clock with the sweep second hand. And, in addition, there’s a room for three in the comfort-contoured full-width seat!”
I believe this photo shows a 1956 Thunderbird. It has the portholes and the Continental kit factory-installed.

It sure is a beauty, isn't it? It was one of the highlights of the 2022 Downtown Revival Car Show in Carson City for me. My first father, who died when I was young, had a yellow 1956, if I remember the photo my late brother had. That photo was not copied and it was put in my brother's casket without my knowledge, so I don't know for sure which model my father had. 

That said, my "step"-dad has an Austin-Healey.

If you would like to see a host of cool cars and other rigs in the state capital this suummer, don't miss the sixth-annual Downtown Revival Car Show will be held in Carson City on Saturday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1956 Ford Thunderbird1956 Ford ThunderbirdWhen I posted this 1956 Ford Thunderbird before, I didn’t do it justice.

First is the pain job. I lost my notes when I got rid of my old smartphone, but if I remember correctly, the paint was black with green speckles.

I might have the colors wrong because of memory and/or because of the bright sunlight, which does turn some darker paint colors into appearing as black.

This is particularly acute with digital cameras that sometimes cannot distinguish subtle color variations. This even occurs on my expensive DSLR cameras and Nikkor lenses.

I would welcome any corrections to my memory and apologize for the loss of notes. I waited too long to write about the cars I photographed in 2022.

The 1956 Thunderbird is a popular model among Thunderbird enthusiasts.

Ford Motor Co.’s brochure of this model tells a lot and takes us back a step back in time.

“In achieving its flashing new style and performance, the Thunderbird sacrifices nothing in luxurious comfort and generous convenience,” the brochure states. “It combines for the first time the superior roadability and dashing flair long attributed to foreign sports cars with the American idea of what constitutes practical transportation.

“The result is the most exciting personal car that America has yet produced,” the brochure continues. “One inspection and you’ll agree that here, indeed, is the ultimate in personal transportation!”

In an image of the interior, with an attractive model standing against the car, the brochure states, “Here is beauty that is breathtaking! Notice how the control panel groups its instruments so that they can be read at a glance.

“Signal lights warn of low oil pressure and insufficient generator output. A tachometer which allows engine revolutions per minute is standard. So is the electric clock with the sweep second hand. And, in addition, there’s a room for three in the comfort-contoured full-width seat!”
Hosted by Esther Chapter #3, Order of the Eastern Star, the awesome car show will be held on Carson Street between Robinson and Fifth streets.

The roll-in will begin at 6 a.m., judging at 10 a.m. and awards at 2 p.m. Pre-registration is $40 (through June 30). Day-of-show registration is $45. The show is rain-or-shine, with no refunds.

If you want your vehicle in this show, best to sign up now because registration is limited to first 400.

"Please complete one registration per car," according to an informational Eventbrite post. "One shirt per registration will be included with your registration fee. Additional shirts may be purchased at the show while supplies last."

For more information, phone Jim Hoff at 775-741-0899 or Sharon Hoff at 775-790-0921.

 

 


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