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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder June 2-4th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 5th Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
While Ford’s passenger cars sold very well and provided strong value during the early 1950s, their styling was quite conservative and the venerable Flathead V-8 engine had reached its development peak. A dose of innovation was clearly in order. Following the introduction of the all-new Y-Block V-8 engine for 1954, the 1955 Ford models were completely redesigned with longer, lower and wider bodies and equipped with smart two-tone finishes, distinctive brightwork, and striking interiors. Along with a mild restyle for 1956, other welcome updates included Ford’s new Lifeguard Design safety features, including dished steering wheels, improved door latches, and breakaway rear-view mirrors. As expected, the new Fords were very successful, with the Customline series at the core.
This 1956 Ford Customline 2-door sedan is an outstanding example of an important mid-1950s American automobile. As such, it features rather basic equipment for an honest presentation, with no air conditioning and neither power steering nor power brakes. The Consignor reports that he purchased the car during 2000 from a classic-car car dealer and at the time of purchase, it was a solid faded blue color but when it was repainted in 2002, it was given a two-tone finish with the top painted white. The chrome brightwork was restored at the same time. While the car did not come with any documentation at the time of purchase, the Consignor was advised that the prior owner was elderly and that the car had seen only limited use – details echoed by the Ford’s fine condition. At the time of writing, the Consignor stated that at least three veteran mechanics have examined the car, and they all felt that the indicated mileage of some 52,000 miles is correct; however, this low mileage reading cannot be confirmed. The Consignor has certainly enjoyed the car, having driven it to car shows and around town on a regular basis, describing this Ford as …the most reliable car I’ve ever owned and I am 75!
During the current owner’s tenure, the Ford has enjoyed attentive maintenance and care and in addition to the two-tone repaint in 2002, most of the chrome has been restored, and a replica radio has been installed, plus new carpeting, new door seals, a new windshield wiper motor, new light switch, and a new headliner. Added items include seat belts, a driver’s side view mirror, and new metal plates underneath the doors. For the sake of reliability, the battery, radiator, and tires have been replaced. The mechanicals are highly original, and the seats remain original. Included in the sale of the Ford is the original owner’s manual.
Confirming its wonderful condition, this 1956 Ford Customline 2-door sedan was awarded First in Class at the 2010 Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance. It has also been invited and shown several times at the Muckenthaler Concours d’Elegance. According to the owner, I have yet to take the car out without somebody telling me how nice it looks. I have the car serviced regularly by a veteran mechanic at the local Ford dealer, McCoy-Mills, in Fullerton. If you are looking for a highly attractive and very well-preserved and maintained 1950s American classic, this 1956 Ford Customline 2-door sedan is a marvelous find, especially at No Reserve!