AJ's Car of the DAY: 1956 Ford Thunderbird

Car: Ford Thunderbird

Year: 1956

What makes it special:  It was a return salvo, created by the Ford Motor company to give competition to Chevrolet's Corvette. It was also the first mass-produced edition of all the Ford Thunderbird models.

What made it famous: It was Ford's two-seater sports car with a removable fiberglass top. For 1956, it offered more power with it's new 215 hp, 312 cu in V8 (with optional stick-overdrive), or 225 hp (with self-shift Fordomatic), enabling the T-Bird to reach speeds of 110-120 mph.

Why I would want one: It's an iconic American Car. A true blue chip collectible, and just good looking.

Fun fact: In the 1973 movie "American Graffiti", Curt (played by actor Richard Dreyfuss), sees a beautiful blonde girl in a white 1956 Ford Thunderbird. She mouths "I love you" before disappearing down the street. (Played by actress Suzanne Somers)

 

Driven by Connecticut International Auto Show