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1956 Ford (Cars All) Brochure
Body Type Codes   Production Nos   Prices 6-Cyl*   Prices V-8*   *Price List

© 1955, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, Form FD-7 57 1 Rev. 1-56, Litho. in U.S.A.

Mainline Tudor Business Sedan
Mainline Tudor Sedan
Mainline Fordor Sedan
Customline Tudor Sedan
Customline Fordor Sedan
Customline Victoria
Fairlane Club Sedan
Fairlane Town Sedan
Fairlane Victoria
Fairlane Fordor Victoria
Fairlane Crown Victoria
Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner
Fairlane Sunliner
Ranch Wagon
Custom Ranch Wagon
6-Passenger Country Sedan
8-Passenger Country Sedan
Parklane
Country Squire
 
 
Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)**
 
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'56 FORD Brochure Front Cover - illustration of Fairlane Town Sedan

 
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'56 FORD  The fine car at half the fine car price - illustration of Fairlane Victoria

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Thunderbird Styling   Thunderbird Power   Lifeguard Design
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Thunderbird Styling   Thunderbird Power   Lifeguard Design

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Mainline Fordor Sedan   73A   49,448   $2,170 6-Cyl*   $2,270 V-8*   *Price List
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Mainline Tudor Sedan   70A   106,974   $2,125 6-Cyl*   $2,225 V-8*   *Price List
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Mainline Tudor Business Sedan   70D    8,020   $2,030 6-Cyl*   $2,130 V-8*   *Price List
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Mainlines . . . three new sedans-styled for distinction

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Customline Fordor Sedan   73B   170,695   $2,340 6-Cyl*   $2,440 V-8*   *Price List
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Customline Victoria (2 dr, "open air" hardtop)   64D   33,130   Prices not found
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Customline Tudor Sedan   70B   164,828   $2,295 6-Cyl*   $2,395 V-8*   *Price List
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Customlines . . . a distinguished new Victoria and two popular sedans

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Fairlane Town Sedan (4 dr)   73C   224,872   $2,450 6-Cyl*   $2,600 V-8*   *Price List
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Fairlane Club Sedan (2 dr)   70C   142,629   $2,405 6-Cyl*   $2,555 V-8*   *Price List
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Fairlane Sunliner (2 dr, convertible roof)   76B   58,147   $2,720 6-Cyl*   $2,870 V-8*   *Price List
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Fairlane Victoria (2 dr, "open air" hardtop)*  64C   177,735   $2,551 6-Cyl*   $2,701 V-8*   *Price List
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Fairlanes . . . seven fine-car models . . . supreme in their field

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Fairlane Crown Victoria (2 dr)   64A   9,209   $2,694 6-Cyl*   $2,844 V-8*   *Price List
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Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner  (2 dr, blue-green tinted transparent "sky-view" roof w/ removable snap-in "aluminized nylon" shade)
     64B   603   $2,764 6-Cyl*   $2,914 V-8*   *Price List
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Fairlane Fordor Victoria  (4 dr, "open air" hardtop)
     57A   32,111   Not available with 6-Cyl   $2,769 V-8*   *Price List
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Fairlanes . . . seven fine-car models . . . supreme in their field

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Parklane (2 dr, 6 pass)   59C   15,186   $2,800 6-Cyl*   $2,950 V-8*   *Price List
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Ranch Wagon (2 dr, 6 pass)   59A   8,348   $2,478 6-Cyl*   $2,628 V-8*   *Price List
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Custom Ranch Wagon (2 dr, 6 pass)  59B   42,317   $2,599 6-Cyl*   $2,749 V-8*   *Price List
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Station Wagons . . . America's favorite Wagons number six for '56

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Six-Passenger Country Sedan (4 dr)   79D   85,374 (6 & 8 pass combined)    $2,646 6-Cyl*   $2,796 V-8*   *Price List
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Eight-Passenger Country Sedan (4 dr, stowaway rear seat, 1/3-2/3 divided center seat)   79B   85,374 (6 & 8 pass combined)    $2,730 6-Cyl*   $2,880 V-8*   *Price List
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Country Squire  (4 dr, 8 pass, stowaway rear seat, 1/3-2/3 divided center seat, mahogany-grained steel side panels w/ maple-grained glass-fiber moldings)  79C   23,221   $2,862 6-Cyl*   $3,012 V-8*  *Price List
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Station Wagons . . . America's favorite Wagons number six for '56

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Thunderbird Special V-8   225-h.p. 312 cu. in. w/ Fordomatic
Thunderbird V-8   200-h.p. 292 cu. in. w/ Conventional or Overdrive (202-h.p. w/ Fordomatic)
Ford V-8   173-h.p. 272 cu. in. w/ Conventional or Overdrive (176-h.p. w/ Fordomatic)
Ford I-6   137-h.p. 223 cu. in. w/ all drives
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Engines

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Conventional Drive - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & Reverse gears
Overdrive - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th (Overdrive), & Reverse gears
Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive - 1st (Low), 2nd (Intermediate & Passing), 3rd (High), & Reverse gears
Selector
P - Park
R - Reverse gear
N - Neutral, start engine
DR - 2nd gear take off w/ part part-throttle (typical), auto upshift to 3rd
       - 1st gear take off w/ full-throttle (Speed-Trigger), auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd
LO - 1st gear take off & hold, (auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd if/when selector moved to DR)
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Transmissions

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Ford's Rugged Chassis Design
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Ford's Rugged Chassis Design

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New "Luxury Lounge" Interior   New Crestmark Body
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New "Luxury Lounge" Interior    New Crestmark Body

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Power Assists   New SelectAire Conditioner  New MagicAire Heater
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Power Assists   New SelectAire Conditioner  New MagicAire Heater

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Power Assists   New SelectAire Conditioner  New MagicAire Heater
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Power Assists   New SelectAire Conditioner  New MagicAire Heater

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Genuine Ford Accessories
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Genuine Ford Accessories

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Specifications
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Specifications

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'56 FORD Brochure Back Cover - illustration of Customline Fordor Sedan

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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)**  (2 dr, 1 pass)
Body Type Codes   Production Nos   Prices 6-Cyl   Prices V-8
 
**Reference, "1956 Ford Truck Illustrated Facts and Feature Manual Including Courier"
© 1955, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, 9-1-55, Rev. 6-1-56, Printed in U.S.A.
 
Courier Body Code 78A - based on Ranch Wagon w/ Mainline trim    $1,983 6-Cyl (approx.)     $ V-8 (not found)
Courier Body Code 78A - based on Parklane w/ Fairlane trim    $ 6-Cyl (not found)     $ V-8 (not found)
Production Nos (not found)
137 h.p. 223 cu. in. Ford I-6    173 h.p. 272 cu. in. Ford Y-8 (176 h.p. w/ Fordomatic)
Conventional Drive, Overdrive, & Fordomatic Drive
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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Side-hinged wide-opening rear door, holds open
Driver bucket seat covered w/ dark brown skiver-grain vinyl
Optional auxiliary front passenger seat   Optional full width front seat
Door & cargo area side panels are smooth medium brown pressed wood
Full welded steel floor pan    Cargo area plywood floor
CARGO SPACE
Width 60.5 in.   Width between wheel wells 42.5 in.   Length 74.9 in.   Height 37.7 in.
CURB  PAYLOAD  GVW  LBS  w/ fuel, water, & 15 x 5 rims (est.)
1757 front + 1513 rear = 3270 total  + 830 payload = 4100 gvw  w/ 6.70 x 15 4-ply tires & I-6
1760 front + 1516 rear = 3276 total  + 924 payload = 4200 gvw  w/ 7.10 x 15 4-ply tires & I-6
1762 front + 1518 rear = 3280 total  + 1320 payload = 4600 gvw  w/ 7.10 x 15 6-ply tires & I-6
1876 front + 1513 rear = 3389 total  + 711 payload = 4100 gvw  w/ 6.70 x 15 4-ply tires & Y-8
1879 front + 1516 rear = 3395 total  + 805 payload = 4200 gvw  w/ 7.10 x 15 4-ply tires & Y-8
1881 front + 1518 rear = 3399 total  + 1201 payload = 4600 gvw  w/ 7.10 x 15 6-ply tires & Y-8
EXTERIOR COLORS
Raven Black, Nocturne Blue, Bermuda Blue, Diamond Blue, Colonial White, Pine Ridge Green, Meadowmist Green, Buckskin Tan, Fiesta Red, Platinum Gray
BODY
Width 70.8 in.  Length 197.6 in.   Height 62.2 in.   Rear door width 51.6 in.   Rear door height 37.4 in.
Wheelbase 115.5 in.   Front Tread 58 in.   Rear Tread 56 in.
FRONT AXLE
Ball Joint suspension, angle-poised w/ shock absorber calibration, capacity 2250 lbs. (w/ 7.10 x 15 6-ply tires at 25 lbs. pressure)
REAR AXLE/RATIOS
Hypoid, Semi-Floating, capacity 3000 lbs.
4.09 to 1, w/ Y-8 or I-6 & Conventional Drive, Optional 4.27 to 1
4.27 to 1, w/ Y-8 or I-6 & Overdrive
3.54 to 1, w/ Y-8 or I-6 & Fordomatic
BATTERY
12 volt, 66 plate, 55 amp-hr. capacity
SERVICE BRAKES
Hydralic, double sealed   Front 11 x 2-1/4 in.   Rear 11 x 2 in.   Total lining area 191.7 sq. in.
HAND BRAKE
Cable w/ equilizer applying to rear brakes
CLUTCH
Semi-centrifugal, single dry-plate
Diameter 9.5 in. (6 cyl), frictional area 85.2 sq. in.
Diameter 10 in. (V-8), frictional area 85.5 sq. in.
COOLING SYSTEM
I-6 coolant capacity 15 qts., fan blades 3, fan diameter 18 in.
Y-8 coolant capacity 19 qts., fan blaces 4, fan diameter 18-1/2 in.
DRIVE LINE
One tubular shaft w/ 2 needle bearing universal joints
FRAME
Double-drop, box section side rails w/ 5 permanently attached cross members & a rugged K-member
FUEL TANK
Under floor rear left, 19 gallon capacity
GENERATOR
30 amp., 450 watts
EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS
Raven Black, Nocturne Blue, Bermuda Blue, Diamond Blue, Colonial White, Pine Ridge Green, Meadowmist Green, Buckskin Tan, Fiesta Red, Platinum Gray
SHOCK ABSORBERS
Front & rear, tubular, double-acting Viscous Control
SPRINGS
Front coil, 4-in. diameter   Rear 7-leaf, 53 x 2 in., longitudinally mounted, semi-elliptic, rubber bushings, fabric type inserts prevent squeaks
STEERING
Worm & roller, 20.1 to 1 ratio, 18 in. diameter steering wheel
TRANSMISSIONS
CONVENTIONAL DRIVE
Selective gears, 3 speeds forward & one reverse, forged-bronze synchronizers for 2nd & 3rd speeds, shift lever on steering column
OVERDRIVE
Selective gears, 3 speeds forward (& one reverse) with a planetary gear train providing an automatic 4th gear. In Overdrive, engine speed is reduced 30% while road speed is unchanged. Overdrive is engaged by releasing the accelerator for an instant after the car speed reaches 27 mph. Extra power is available for passing or hill-climbing by simply pressing the accelerator all the way down.
FORDOMATIC DRIVE
Combines a torque converter & an automatic gear system. Engine power is always transmitted to the driving wheels through a cushion of oil in the torque converter. At no time is there a mechanical linkage between the engine & the driving mechanism. Engine starts with the selector in N (Neutral) position. In DR (Drive), usual part-throttle take offs are in 2nd gear, with auto upshifts to 3rd. Also in DR (Drive), full-throttle take offs are in 1st gear, with auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd. In LO (Low), take offs are in 1st gear and held, until the selector is moved to DR (Drive) for auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd.
WHEELS & TIRES
Standard - 6.70-15 4-ply tires on 15 x 5 K rims
Optional - 6.70-15 6-ply tires on 15 x 5 standard rims,
7.10-15 4-ply tires on 15 x 5 standard rims,
7.10-15 6-ply tires on 15 x 5 standard rims
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The famous Fairlane body-side wide skew molding, bright metal w/ black painted insets . . .