Absolutely superb 1955 Ford Thunderbird. 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.
We are pleased to offer this very special Ford Thunderbird, which according to the original bill of sale shows it was ordered prior to its completion direct from the factory by Moffett Ford Co. in Santa Paula, California on 26th August 1955. Finished in Torch Red with a red and white interior (trim Code XB), the car was ordered as a convertible with a white soft top. It also came with a correct ’55 Ford easily removable hardtop making it a highly desirable car when new. Featuring a manual gearbox with overdrive, purchased as an extra at the princely sum of $120.24 USD, the original bill of sale also shows it came with Ford’s own ‘engine dress up kit’, and Ford’s own chrome wire wheel hubcaps and electric seats. The chassis number stamped into the chassis on this example is clearly discernible due to the outstanding condition of the car and shows its originality.
The car remained in California with its original owner and to date, the car registers only 76,825 miles which we believe to be correct. Lovingly cared for, this unadulterated and rust-free Californian example was the perfect candidate to turn into a show winning car, and consequently a ‘rotisserie’ restoration was commenced. A photographic record of the work illustrates the level and quality of the comprehensive restoration that was carried out. Back on the road in its home State in 2009, it was then sold to a collector in the US who owns some of the finest American automobiles, this being one of them, before being sold to the latest owner a number of years ago.
Apparently, this amazing piece of pure Americana was bought with the intention of keeping it in the house as a ‘work of art’ (see photos) as this car is probably the most handsome ’55 Thunderbird you are likely to set your eyes on.
Examples such as this one rarely come to market in the US, let alone in the UK, and is an opportunity to own, almost certainly, the best T’Bird in the country. Absolutely any inspection is welcome and we know you won’t be disappointed. Viewing is highly recommended. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Delivery can be arranged.