Restorations typically put a car back as close to possible to its condition when it rolled off the assembly line. A restomod, on the other hand, is a car that is restored to like-new condition but is typically not stock. The 1956 Ford Thunderbird in these images is definitely a restomod. The car appears to be lowered and rolls on big chrome wheels.
Its shiny black paint is offset with a gold leaf flame stripe down each side. The 1956 Ford Thunderbird has a black cloth top that has a clear back window according to the seller. The upholstery on the two seats is Ultraleather with ostrich skin inserts. The driver grips a custom steering wheel that has a billet center and ostrich skin wrapping to hold onto.
The instruments have a stock look to them, and the car has both a tach and an analog clock. For cruising on hot summer days with the top down, the 1956 Ford Thunderbird has a Vintage Air air conditioning system. The car also has a custom Autosound stereo with an AM/FM/CD player and Kicker amp. The car has something special under the hood too.
Motivation comes from a fuel-injected 302 cubic-inch GT40 crate engine that has a Z303 performance cam, GT40 heads, and a Procharger Supercharger. The go-fast parts push the car to levels of performance that a stock 1956 Ford Thunderbird can only dream of. All that power goes through a 4-speed automatic transmission. The seller says the car has only 10,615 miles on the odometer since it was built.
The builder added sway bars front and rear to help the car’s handling; the car sits on 2-inch drop spindles. The wheels are Coy wheels with billet centers and Hankook tires. This much cool does not come cheap, StreetSideClassics is asking $124,995 for the car, and it is available in its Ft. Worth showroom. This is the coolest thing we have seen in Thunderbirds since that lot of 28 was found in a barn.