In the classic vehicle world, there are many conditions used to describe the overall state of a vintage car or truck. Some choose to leave their vehicles original, while others perform cosmetic or mechanical restorations. Then, there are many different types of restorations, from nice to big money, better-than-new works of art. This 1956 Ford F-100 we spotted at Barrett-Jackson may not qualify as an original resto job, but it is about as close to a polished piece of jewelry as they get.
The classic pickup has been hammered as straight as an arrow and covered in many coats of Matador Red, for starters. Every panel looks like glass, the sign of a truly quality paint job. Much of the original chrome trim remains as well, and it’s all been replaced or re-plated to match the condition of the bodywork. The bed floor consists of all new wood and stainless steel strips, too.
Like a proper old school hot rod, the 1956 Ford F-100 now rolls on a set of classic American Racing wheels, which give it period look. But underneath lie many more modern components. That includes a Volare torsion adjustable front end and CPP disc brakes. The F-100 is powered by a modern fuel-injected LS V8, which is backed up by an automatic transmission and a Ford 9 inch rear differential fitted with 3.55 gears.
The cab of this vintage pickup is every bit as nice as the exterior. Black perforated two-tone custom upholstery covers the seats, while Vintage Air heating and cooling, a custom polished billet hand stitched leather steering wheel, Lokar smooth shifter, and polished stainless-steel steering column and pedals round out the look.
The 1956 Ford F-100 is already arguably the best-looking Ford F-Series pickup ever produced, so it doesn’t take much to make them perfect. But we certainly won’t fault this red beauty for trying.