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1956 Ford Car Brochures Facts Stats Archives
1956 Ford Car & Wagon (All) Brochure
Car & Wagon (All)
1956 Ford Fairlane & Crown Victoria Brochure
Fairlane & Crown Victoria
1956 Ford Fairlane Fordor Victoria Brochure
Fairlane Fordor Victoria
1956 Ford Station Wagon Brochure
Station Wagon
1956 Ford Car & Truck Accessories Brochure
Accessories

1956 Ford Police & Emergency Models Brochure
Police & Emergency
1956 Ford Taxi Models Brochure
Taxi
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Courier (Sedan Delivery)
1956 Ford Car Engines   Clutches   Transmissions   Axles   Tires   Rims
Engines  Clutches  Trans
1956 Ford Owner's Manual
Manual

Ford Motor Company of Canada
1956 Ford Car Colors
Colors
1956 Ford Car Prices
Prices
AAll The Facts About The '56 Ford & Lifeguard Design Booklet
All The Facts & Lifeguard
1956 Ford Car Shop Manual Maintenance & Tuneup Specifications
Shop Man.
 
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ steel rims & "dog dish" hubcaps
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan  "Lemonade"   $2,555. This car has the std Thunderbird V-8 292-cid 202-hp eng & opt Fordomatic Drive +$192, Style-Tone Two-Tone ME-code  Goldenglow Yellow  &  Colonial White  paint +$45, Body Mount Mirrors (+$?), & modern Radial White Sidewall Tires (+$?).  Photo Chuck Gardiner. (See photo below.)
 
Example VIN decoded:  * M 6 F T 332131 *   70C ME L 13 G 493
SERIAL NO.:
M   ENGINE TYPE - 292 CID Thunderbird V-8
6   PRODUCTION YEAR - 1956
F   ASSEMBLY PLANT - Dearborn, Michigan
T   BODY STYLE - Fairlane Tudor (2-dr Club Sedan) & Fairlane Fordor (4-dr Town Sedan)
332131   CONSECUTIVE UNIT NO. (starting at 100001) - 232,131st vehicle (of all models) assembled, Dearborn, 1956 production year
70C   BODY (TYPE) - Fairlane Club Sedan (2-dr)
ME   COLOR (EXTERIOR PAINT) - M-code Goldenglow Yellow (lower & roof) & E-code Colonial White Paint (upper)
L   TRIM (INTERIOR COLOR SCHEME) - Dark Gray & Medium Gray (random dot Silver Lurex glittering metallic thread) Nylon Cloth Upholstery, Dark Gray Metallic Paint
PRODUCTION CODE:
13   DAY OF THE MONTH (scheduled for assembly) - 13th (Friday)
G   MONTH (scheduled for assembly) - July, 1956
493 - SCHEDULED ITEM NO. (assigned by the plant to the body) - 493rd vehicle (of all models) scheduled for assembly on Friday, July 13, 1956
 
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ 1962-64 Thunderbird-style wire wheels
(See photo above.)  Plus added opt Front Fender Ornaments (+$?), Rocker Panel Trim $18, Rear Fender Shields $25, & modern aftermarket 1962-64 Thunderbird Wire Wheels (+$?).  Photo Chuck Gardiner.
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1956 Ford car data plate 1956 Ford Car & Station Wagon Data Plate Codes
•  Serial Number
•  Body     •  Color     •  Trim     •  Production Code
 
Links
1956 Ford VIN Decoder  VINmagic.com  Classic Car VIN Decoder
1953-1959 Ford VIN Decoder  VINmagic.com  Classic Car VIN Decoder
Teck Talk 1955-56 Ford VIN Plate Codes pdf  Crown Victoria Association (CVA)
1954, 1955 & 1956 American & Canadian Paint Colors & Codes pdf
       Joe Shields, Chief Judge, Crown Victoria Association (CVA)
1956 Ford Paint Colors & Codes  PaintRef.com  Paint Cross Reference
 
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1952-56 Ford Car Data Plate Codes
NOTE  A letter following the Production Code Scheduled Item No. usually denotes a variation of some sort from normal production— a possible "special order" car.
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1956 Ford Car Model Names   Body Styles   Body Types   Trim Levels   Engines   Prices   Production Numbers
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Ford Assembly Plant
1956 Ford 8-Passenger Country Sedan   $2,880 w/ std Thunderbird V-8 292-cid 202-hp, opt Fordomatic Dr +$192, 3.54 (opt none) rear axle, & 7.10 x 15" tires. Assembly plant not found by author.
 
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1956 Ford Car Assembly Plant Codes, Consecutive Unit Numbers, Production Year Codes, & Production Codes w/ Scheduled Item Numbers
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1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ L-code Dark Gray Cloth & Medium Gray Cloth interior front
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan   Top trim. L-code Dark Gray nylon cloth & Medium Gray nylon cloth (w/ random dot silver Lurex metallic thread) upholstery. Dark Gray vinyl & Light Gray quilted vinyl door panels. Dark Gray Metallic seat side shields, garnish moldings, steering wheel & column, & upper & lower instrument panel. Platinum Gray mid instrument panel.
1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan w/ L-code Dark Gray Cloth & Medium Gray Cloth interior rear
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1956 Ford Car Interior Trim Colors
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BA-code Medium Brown Vinyl  & ranch brand motif Dark Brown Vinyl "Western Brown" interior front
1956 Ford 6-passenger Country Sedan   Mid trim. BA-code  Medium Brown Vinyl  &  ranch brand motif  Dark Brown Vinyl "Western Brown" interior.  Photo  en.wheelsage.org.  
BA-code Medium Brown Vinyl & ranch brand motif Dark Brown Vinyl "Western Brown" interior rear
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1956 Ford Car Exterior Single-Tone Colors (U.S) Page 1 of 4
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1956 Ford Car Exterior Conventional Two-Tone Colors (U.S.) Page 2 of 4
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1956 Ford Passenger Car Exterior Style-Tone Two-Tone Colors (U.S.) Page 3 of 4
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1956 Ford Passenger Car Exterior Color (U.S.) Notes Page 4 of 4
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Technical Service Bulletin #366, Aug 6, 1956, D-2
312 Cubic inch eight cylinder engines - 1956 Fairlane, Customline, and Mainline Models

 
We have been advised that approximately sixty-five [65] 312 cubic inch engines with automatic transmissions and four hundred and fifty-five [455] 312 cubic inch engines with standard transmissions have been used in 1956 Fairlane, Customline, and Mainline models in place of the 292 cubic inch ["M" code] engine with the four barrel carburetor.
 
Since these engines were shipped with the regular passenger car decals ["Thunderbird V-8"] on the rocker covers [and not the 312 cubic inch "P" code "Thunderbird Special V-8" decals] it will not be possible to identify them by this means. The identification of such units with these [312 cubic inch] engines in this case is made by the letter "S" [instead of "P," as the first letter] in the vehicle serial number and a daub of yellow heat resisting paint about two inches square on the forward portion of the engine.
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Mainline Tudor Business Sedan  (2 dr, 3 pass, Base trim)
Mainline Tudor Sedan  (2 dr, 6 pass, Base trim)
Mainline Fordor Sedan  (4 dr, 6 pass, Base trim)
 
Customline Tudor Sedan  (2 dr, 6 pass, Mid trim)
Customline Fordor Sedan  (4 dr, 6 pass, Mid trim)
Customline Victoria  (2 dr, 6 pass, Mid trim, "open air" hardtop)
 
Fairlane Club Sedan  (2 dr, 6 pass, Top trim))
Fairlane Town Sedan  (4 dr, 6 pass, Top trim)
Fairlane Victoria  (2 dr, 6 pass, Top trim, "open air" hardtop)
Fairlane Fordor Victoria  Brochure  (4 dr, 6 pass, Top trim, "open air" hardtop)
Fairlane Crown Victoria  (2 dr, 6 pass, Top trim)
Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner  (2 dr, 6 pass, Top trim, blue-green tinted transparent 1/4-in thick acrylic plastic "sky-view" front roof section w/ a 2-section roll-out 3-zipper adjustable "aluminized nylon" curtain)
Fairlane Sunliner  (2 dr, 6 pass, Top trim, rayon or vinyl convertible top w/ electro-hydraulic operating mechanism & clear plastic zippered rear window, vinyl plastic boot)
 
Ranch Wagon  (2 dr, 6 pass, Base trim)
Custom Ranch Wagon  (2 dr, 6 pass, Base trim+)
6-passenger Country Sedan  (4 dr, 6 pass, Mid trim)
8-passenger Country Sedan  (4 dr, 8 pass, Mid trim)
Parklane  (2 dr, 6 pass, "Sport" Ranch Wagon, Top trim)
Country Squire  (4 dr, 8 pass, Top trim, Single-Tone exterior paint (only), 3M™ DI-NOC™ self-adhesive vinyl  mahogany-grain wood-panel or ship-plank finish on (steel) bodyside & rear panels, & maple-grain finish on one-piece glass-fibre moldings & on body window-band area.
 
Courier (Sedan Delivery)  Brochure  (2 dr, 1 pass (driver), Base or Top trim, side-hinged rear door holds open)
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  Fairlane bodyside sweep bright-metal molding w/ black-painted jet exhaust design . . .