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1956 Ford Cars & Station Wagons (All) Brochure
© 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  Brochure
Fairlane Crown Victoria
Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner
Fairlane Sunliner
Ranch Wagon
Custom Ranch Wagon
Parklane
6-Passenger Country Sedan
8-Passenger Country Sedan
Country Squire
Courier (Sedan Delivery)  Brochure
 
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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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1956 FORD MAINLINE SERIES
3 models. Base trim. Horn button, one sun visor, one armrest. Opt 2nd sun visor, 2nd armrest, 2nd ashtray (back of front seat, Fordor). Black rubber windshield & rear window moldings. No bodyside molding. Steel rims 15 x 5."
Tires 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tubeless blackwall (opt whitewalls +$50).
Mid year production: bright-metal windshield & rear window moldings, rear bodyside single bright-metal molding w/ spear tip or rear bodyside double bright-metal molding w/ spear tip that could enclose a contrasting paint color to match a roof.
 
Models   Body Styles   Body Types   Prod Nos   Engs   Trans   Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)   Tires   Prices
 
 
Mainline Tudor Business Sedan
Body Style  G     Body Type  70D     Production (I-6) 6,160 + (V-8) 1,860 = 8,020     Prices
2 dr. 3 pass. Base trim. Level-floor loadspace behind front seat 60.4" w x 31.9" d. No back seat.
Ford V-8 272  U   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,130 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,096.81 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,030 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,003.04 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15" +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
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Mainline Tudor Sedan
Body Style  G     Body Type  70A     Production (I-6) 52,078 + (V-8) 54,895 = 106,973     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Base trim.
Ford V-8 272  U   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,225 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,200.89 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,125 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,107.12 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
 
Mainline Fordor Sedan
Body Style  G     Body Type  73A     Production (I-6) 23,403 + (V-8) 32,081 = 55,484     Prices
4 dr. 6 pass. Base trim.
Ford V-8 272  U   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,270 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,247.07 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,170 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,153.30 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
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Mainlines . . . three new sedans-styled for distinction

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1956 FORD CUSTOMLINE SERIERS
3 models. Mid trim. Chrome horn ring, 2 sun visors, 4 armrests, 2 interior passenger assist straps on Tudor "B" pillars. Bright-metal windshield & rear window moldings. Full bodyside single bright-metal molding w/ mid spear tip. Steel rims 15 x 5."
Tires 6.70 x 15" or 7.10 x 15" (as below) 4-ply tubeless blackwall (opt whitewalls +$50).
 
Models   Body Styles   Body Types   Prod Nos   Engs   Trans   Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)   Tires   Prices
 
 
Customline Tudor Sedan
Body Style  G     Body Type  70B     Production (I-6) 29,127 + (V-8) 135,701 = 164,828     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Mid trim.
Ford V-8 272  U   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,395 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,325.31 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
Ford I-6 223  A    Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,295 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,231.54 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
 
Customline Fordor Sedan
Body Style  G     Body Type  73B     Production (I-6) 25,092 + (V-8) 145,603 = 170,695     Prices
4 dr. 6 pass. Mid trim.
Ford V-8 272  U   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,440 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,372.49 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,340 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,278.72 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
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Customline Victoria
Body Style  V     Body Type  64D     Production (I-6) 1,791 + (V-8) 31,339 = 33,130     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Mid trim. "Open air" hardtop.
Ford V-8 272  U   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   V-8 Customline Victoria price not found
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   I-6 Customline Victoria price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
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Customlines . . . a distinguished new Victoria and two popular sedans

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1956 FORD FAIRLANE SERIES
7 models. Top trim. Bright-metal windshield & rear window moldings, chrome horn ring, chrome model script on front doors, chrome Fairlane script & crest on hood & deck lid, chrome "V" deck lid emblem on V-8 powered cars, full wheel covers w/ Fairlane crests, bumper-ported dual exhaust. Full bodyside sweep wide bright-metal molding w/ black-painted insets at rear. Steel rims 15 x 5."
Tires 6.70 x 15" or 7.10 x 15" (as below) 4-ply tubeless blackwall (opt whitewalls +$50).
 
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Fairlane Club Sedan
Body Style  T     Body Type  70C     Production (I-6) 1,328 + (V-8) 141,301 = 142,629     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Top trim.
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,555 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,434.80 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15 x 5"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55*), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
*opt 3.55 not avail w/ opt T-Bird Special V-8 312 P
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,405 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,341.03 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
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Fairlane Town Sedan
Body Style  T     Body Type  73C     Production (I-6) 3,638 + (V-8) 221,234 = 224,872     Prices
4 dr. 6 pass. Top trim.
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,600 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,481.98 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), &Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55*), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
*opt 3.55 not avail w/ opt T-Bird Special V-8 312 P
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,450 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,388.21 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
 
Fairlane Victoria
Body Style  V     Body Type  64C     Production (I-6) 727 + (V-8) 177,008 = 177,735     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Top trim. "Open air" hardtop.
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,701 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,585.32 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55*), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
*opt 3.55 not avail w/ opt T-Bird Special V-8 312 P
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,551 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,491.55 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
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Fairlane Sunliner
Body Style  C     Body Type  76B     Production (I-6) 275 + (V-8) 57,872 =  58,147     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Top trim. Rayon or vinyl Convertible top (as bellow) - operated with a control-panel push-pull "TOP" knob that activates an electro-hydraulic unit - a motor & oil pump. The clear vinyl plastic rear window has a fixed bottom & zippered sides & top. To lower the top, unlatch the 2 front clamps, unzip & fold down the rear window, & pull out the TOP knob. When down, attach the boot. To raise the top, remove the boot & push in the TOP knob. When up, zip in the window & then latch the clamps. To open the rear window as a "breezeway," unlatch the clamps, unzip & fold down the window, & relatch the clamps. Tops are Blue, Tan, or Black rayon; or White fabric-grain vinyl. Boots are Blue or Green gabardine-grain vinyl plastic; or Red, Black, or Orange skiver-grain vinyl plastic.
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,870 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,764.91 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive,Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55*), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
*opt 3.55 not avail w/ opt T-Bird Special V-8 312 P
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,720 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,671.14 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
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Fairlanes . . . seven fine-car models . . . supreme in their field

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Fairlane Crown Victoria
Body Style  W     Body Type  64A     Production (I-6) 103 + (V-8) 9,709 = 9,812     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Top trim. "Crown of chrome."
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,844 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,732.09 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55*), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
*opt 3.55 not avail w/ opt T-Bird Special V-8 312 P
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,694 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,638.32 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
 
Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner
Body Style  W     Body Type  64B     Production (V-8)  603*  (*Note: may incld  I-6)     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Top trim. "Crown of chrome." Transparent blue-green tinted 1/4-in thick acrylic plastic "sky-view" roof section w/ a zippered "aluminized nylon" sunshade.
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,914 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,802.99 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.78 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 3.78), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55*), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
*opt 3.55 not avail w/ opt T-Bird Special V-8 312 P
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,764 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,709.22 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 3.89 (opt 4.11), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.11 (opt 3.89), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt 3.55), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
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Fairlane Fordor Victoria
Body Style  F     Body Type  57A     Production (V-8) 32,111*  (*Note: may incld  I-6  193)     Price  not found     Brochure
4 d. 6 pass. Top trim. "Open air" hardtop.
Avail only w/
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Fordomatic Dr)   V-8 Fairlane Fordor Victoria price not found
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Std Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.22 (opt none), & Tires 7.10 x 15"
 
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Fairlanes . . . seven fine-car models . . . supreme in their field

 
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1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria

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1956 FORD STATION WAGON SERIES
6 models. 6 or 8 pass (as below). Base, Mid, or Top trim (as below). Seven-leaf rear springs. Steel rims 15 x 5."
Tires 6.70 x 15" or 7.10 x 15" (as below) 4-ply tubeless blackwall (opt whitewalls +$50).
 
Models   Body Styles   Body Types   Prod Nos   Engs   Trans   Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)   Tires   Prices
 
 
Ranch Wagon
Body Style  R     Body Type  59A     Production (I-6) 16,267 + (V-8) 32,081 = 48,348     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Base trim. Stowaway back seat bottom tilts up & forward, & back folds forward & down as level-floor loadspace. Total loadspace length 74.0."
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,628 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,541.23 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,478 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,447.46 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15" Tires  +$192 / $178.20
 
 
Custom Ranch Wagon
Body Style  R     Body Type  59B     Production (I-6) 4,272 + (V-8) 38,045 = 42,317     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. Base trim, plus scuff-resistant woven plastic & grained vinyl upholstery. Stowaway back seat bottom tilts up & forward, & back folds forward & down as level-floor loadspace. Total loadspace length 74.0."
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,749 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,637.74 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,599 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,543.97 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
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Parklane
Body Style  R     Body Type  59C     Production (I-60 140 + (V-8) 15,046 = 15,186     Prices
2 dr. 6 pass. "Sport Ranch Wagon." Top trim. Snazzy-look large chrome trim plates around front door windows. Luggage area snap-in vinyl cover. Stowaway back seat bottom tilts up & forward, & back folds forward & down as level-floor loadspace. Total loadspace length 74.0."
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,950 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,835.89 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,800 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,742.12 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
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Station Wagons . . . America's favorite Wagons number six for '56

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6-Passenger Country Sedan
Body Style  X     Body Type  79D     Production (I-6) 4,770 + (V-8) 80,604 = 85,374     Prices
4 dr. 6 pass. Mid trim. Stowaway back seat bottom tilts up & forward, & back folds forward & down as level-floor loadspace. Total loadspace length 74.0."
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,796 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,700.71 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,646 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,606.94 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), & Tires 6.70 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
 
8-Passenger Country Sedan
Body Style  X     Body Type  79B     Production (I-6) 2,248 + (V-8) 58,008 = 60,256     Prices
4 dr. 8 pass. Mid trim. Unique Stowaway back seat is divided 2/3 left & 1/3 right. Divided bottoms fold up, forward, & down as level-floor loadspace, & divided backs fold forward & down as level-floor loadspace. As well, with the back folded forward, the whole Stowaway 1/3 right seat tilts up & forward - for rear seat access. With rear seat cushions removed, the rear seat back folds forward & down as level-floor loadspace. Total loadspace length 82.9."
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,880 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,835.89 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,730 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,742.12 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), & Tires 7.10 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
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Country Squire
Body Style  Y     Body Type  79C     Production (I-6) 93 + (V-8) 23,128 = 23,221     Prices
4 dr. 8 pass. Mid trim. Mahogany-grain-finished steel bodyside & rear panels framed by maple-grain-finished glass-fibre moldings & a maple-grain-finish between beltline & roof drip moldings. Unique Stowaway back seat is divided 2/3 left & 1/3 right. Divided bottoms fold up, forward, & down as level-floor loadspace, & divided backs fold forward & down as level-floor loadspace. As well, with the back folded forward, the whole Stowaway 1/3 right seat tilts up & forward - for rear seat access. With rear seat cushions removed, the rear seat back folds forward & down as level-floor loadspace. Total loadspace length 82.9."
T-Bird V-8 292  M   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $3,012 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,942.44 (L.A. Calif.)
T-Bird Special V-8 312  P   Opt eng   Opt eng price not found
Ford I-6 223  A   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $2,862 (Wash. D.C.) / $2,848.67 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), & Tires 7.10 x 15"
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), & Tires 7.10 x 15"  +$192 / $178.20
 
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Station Wagons . . . America's favorite Wagons number six for '56

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1956 Ford Mainline, Customline, Fairlane, Station Wagon, & Courier
Engines

 
Ford I-6  223 CID   A Code
Std in Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Not avail in Fairlane Fordor Victoria
Opt in all other models
6 cyl  in-line  2 overhead-valve
3.62 in bore x 3.60 in stroke   4 main bearings
137 hp @ 4400 rpm   202 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr   w/ all drives
1-barrel carb w/ manual choke   Single exhaust
 
Tune Up Specs I-6 223 CID
Firing Order 153624  Cyl (F to R) 123456
Spark Plug Champion 870 (Autolite 2954)  Gap .035"
Point Gap .014-.016"  Dwell Angle 35-38°
Ignition Timing w/ vacuum hose to distributor disconnected & plugged
(MT) 4º BTDC  (AT) 6° BTDC  (up to 8-10º BTDC)
Idle Speed (MT) 475 RPM  (AT) 450 RPM  (up to 500 RPM)
Valve Lash (Hot) Int .019"  Exh .019"
Compression 125 PSI
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Ford V-8  272 CID   U Code
Std in Mainline & Customline
Opt in Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Not avail in Fairlane & Station Wagon
8 cyl   90°-V   2 overhead-valve (int 1.78," exh 1.51")   Y-Block
3.62 in bore x 3.30 in stroke   5 main bearings
173 hp @ 4400 rpm   260 lb-ft torque @ 2400 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr
176 hp @ 4400 rpm   264 lb-ft torque @ 2400 prm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic
Twin-Jet carb (2-barrel) w/ auto choke   Single exhaust
 
Thunderbird V-8  292 CID   M Code
Std in Fairlane & Station Wagon
Opt in Mainline & Customline
Not avail in Courier (Sedan Delivery)
8 cyl   90°-V   2 overhead-valve (int 1.78," exh 1.51")   Y-Block
3.75 in bore x 3.30 in stroke   5 main bearings
200 hp @ 4600 rpm   285 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr
202 hp @ 4600 rpm   289 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic
Holley Double Twin-Jet carb (4-barrel) w/ auto choke   Dual exhaust
 
Thunderbird Special V-8  312 CID   P Code
Opt in Fairlane & Station Wagon
Not avail in Courier (Sedan Delivery)
8 cyl   90°-V   2 overhead-valve (int 1.78," exh 1.51")   Y-Block
3.80 in bore x 3.44 in stroke   5 main bearings
(215 hp @ 4600 rpm   317 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Overdrive   T-BIRD ONLY)
225 hp @ 4600 rpm   324 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   9.0 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic
Holley Double Twin-Jet carb (4-barrel) w/ auto choke   Dual exhaust
 
Tune Up Specs V-8 272, 292, & 312 CID
Firing Order 15486372  Cyl (F to R) Right 1234  Left 5678
Spark Plug Campion 870 (Autolite 2954)  Gap .035"
Point Gap .014-.016" Dwell Angle 26-28°
Ignition Timing w/ vacuum hose to distributor disconnected & plugged
(MT) 3° BTDC  (AT) 6° BTDC (up to 8-10° BTDC)
Valve Lash (Hot) Int .019" Exh .019"
Idle Speed (MT) 475 RPM  (AT) 450 RPM  (up to 500 RPM)
272 CID Compression 130 PSI
292 CID Compression 160 PSI
312 CID Compression 155 PSI
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"312 CUBIC INCH HIGH POWER ENGINE KIT"  B6A-9000-B K3
For 1956 Ford & Thunderbird V-8  312 CID  P-code Engines

 
1956 Ford High Power Engine Kit B6A-9000-B K3
(Note: kit does not incld the Thunderbird '57-'59 valve covers shown in photos)
 
Commonly called "Power Pack", or "Race Kit"
Released by Production Service Letter P-311a, dated Jul 6, 1956
(Note: vehicle model production year end was Aug 24, 1956)
1956 Ford law enforcement & stock car racing
w/ Conventional Drive or Overdrive
1956 Thunderbird (when combined w/ Thunderbird B6A-9000-B K4 kit, below)
w/ Overdrive
Over-the-counter special order, not factory installed
Kit (parts) sold in a crate
215 hp increases to 260 hp
317 lb-ft torque increases to not found
•   2 unique 4000 Holley Carburetors, 4-bbl, "teapot"
•   1 2x4 aluminum Intake Manifold EDB-9425-C
•   2 high-compression Cylinder Heads ECG-H, milled 0.060"
•   1 special-grind Camshaft EDB-6250-B, part no. B6A-6250-E, stamped "E,"
Cam lobe lift intake & exhaust  0.273"
Intake opens 22° BTDC @ 0.015" on exhaust stroke
Intake closes 58° ABDC @ 0.015" on compression stroke
Exhaust opens 58° BBDC @ 0.015" on power stroke (piston forced downward)
Exhaust closes 14° ATDC @ 0.015" on intake stroke
Intake opens 18° ATDC @ 0.100"
Intake closes 18° ABDC @ 0.100"
Exhaust opens 26° BBDC @ 0.100"
Exhaust closes 26° BTDC @ 0.100"
(BTDC = Before Top Dead Center, ABDC = After Bottom Dead Center, BBDC = Before Bottom Dead Center, ATDC = After Top Dead Center. Camshaft rotates once for every two rotations of the crankshaft)
•   unique Valve Springs & Lifters
•   2 Auto Choke Hot Air Tube Systems
•   Linkages, Brackets, Lines, Hardware, & Gaskets
•   1 Distributor Recurve Kit
•   1 large round Red Air Cleaner, covers both carbs,
w/ "PUROLATOR AIR FILTER ELEMENT" decal right side
•   1 large round Purolator Air Filter, dry-type
•   Instructions
Kits produced 103
Kit price Jul 6, 1956  $315.00 (dealership net)
Kit price Feb 4, 1957  $100.00 (dealership net), as is, subject to prior sale
 
1956 Ford High Power Engine Kit B6A-9000-B K3
 
Thunderbirds require the Ford K3 kit & the Thunderbird K4 kit
 
"312 CUBIC INCH HIGH POWER ENGINE KIT"  B6A-9000-B K4
For 1956 Thunderbird V-8  312 CID  P-code Engines

Thunderbird specific parts (to combine w/ the Ford B6A-9000-B K3 kit)
Released Jul 6, 1956
1956 Thunderbird w/ Overdrive
Over-the-counter special order, not factory installed
•   Shaft Assembly AH-9725-F
•   Hanger Assembly AH-99830-C
•   1 oval Air Cleaner EDB-9600-B, part no. B6A-9600-H, covers both carbs,
Argent color (chrome finish was not produced)
•   1 oval Air Filter, Ford EXP, dry-type
Kits produced 103 (est)
Kit price not found
 
1956 Ford & Thnuderbird High Power Engine Kits B6A-9000-B K3 & Ba6-9000-B K4 1956 Thuderbird High Power Engine Kit BA6-9000-B K4 Air Cleaner
Kit info is from the following sources, with thanks, assumed accurate but not guaranteed:
Classic Thunderbird Club International  Gil Baumgartner, Authenticity Chairman, CTCI
Porthole Authority
Y-Blocks Forever (Forum)
The Ford Barn (Forum)
Ford Trucks (Forum)
Jalopy Journal (Forum)
 
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Transmissions    Click "Shifting Gears" Owner's Manual Pages 12-14
 
Conventional Drive (3-speed Manual)
Not avail in Fairlane Fordor Victoria
Std in all other models
1st, 2nd (synchro), 3rd (synchro), & Reverse
All-helical gears, forged bronze synchronizers
Gear selector on steering column, "H" pattern
 
Overdrive (3-speed Manual w/ Auto Planetary 4th-speed Gear)
Not avail in Fairlane Fordor Victoria
Opt in all other models
1st, 2nd (synchro), 3rd (synchro), 4th (auto Overdrive, 30% lower eng rpm than 3rd), & Reverse
Gear selector on steering column, "H" pattern
Overdrive T-handle below control panel
Engage OD in 3rd at any speed push in T-handle & let-up throttle,
      auto cut-in at any speed above 27-28 mph, auto cut-out (return to 3rd) below 21-22 mph
Cut-out OD when driving in OD full-throttle "kick-down" to 3rd (passing, hill climbing),
      (throttle let-up returns OD)
"Lock out" OD when driving in OD full-throttle "kick-down" to 3rd & pull out T-handle,
      or when not driving in OD - or stopped - pull out T-handle
 
Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive (3-speed Automatic)
Std in Fairlane Fordor Victoria
Opt in all other models
Low (1st), Intermediate (2nd, Passing), High (3rd), & Reverse
Automatic planetary gear train & single-stage 3-element hydralic-mechanical Torque Converter (oil cushion - no mechanical linkage between engine & drive train, no vacuum or electrical connections)
Safety-sequence gear selector on steering column, Illuminated indicator dial
P  Park
R  Reverse gear
N  Neutral
      • start engine
DR  Drive
      • part-throttle 2nd gear take-off (typical driving), auto upshift to 3rd
      • full-throttle 1st gear take-off (Speed-Trigger), auto upshifts to 2nd (30 mph) & 3rd (65 mph)
      • increased or full-throttle kick-down to 2nd (Passing gear) below 65-68 mph
      • increased or full-throttle kick-down to 1st below 18 mph
LO  Low
      • 1st gear take-off & hold up to 35 mph (auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd if/when DR selected)
      • downshift to 2nd below 60 & above 17-23 mph (engine braking)
      • downshift to 1st below 17-23 mph (engine braking)
 
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Transmissions

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1956 Ford Mainline, Customline, Fairlane, Station Wagon, & Courier
Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)

 
I-6 Mainline, Customline, & Fairlane
3:89, opt 4.11, w/ std Conventional Drive
4.11, opt 3.89, w/ opt Overdrive
3.22, opt 3.55, w/ opt Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
V-8 Mainline, Customline, & Fairlane
3:78, opt 3.89, w/ std Conventional Drive
3.89, opt 3.78, w/ opt Overdrive
3.22, opt 3.55,* w/ opt Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive (std on Fairlane Fordor Victoria)
*opt 3.55 not avail w/ opt Thunderbird Special V-8 312 P
 
I-6 & V-8 Station Wagon & I-6 & V-8 Courier
4.09, opt 4.27, w/ std Conventional Drive
4.27, opt (none), w/ opt Overdrive
3.54, opt (none), w/ opt Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
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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Click full specs  1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery) Brochure
 
1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery) Brochure
Body Style  S  Sedan Delivery (Courier)     Body Type  78A     Prod Total  8,757  (Note: 1955 Prod Total 7,754)
 
Engs   Trans   Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)   Tires   Payloads   GVWs   Prices
 
Courier / Ranch Wagon
Sedan Delivery. 2 dr. 1 pass (driver). Base trim.
Ford I-6 223  A   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $1,740 (Wash. D.C.) / $1,725 (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," Payload 830 Lb, & GVW 4100 Lb
Ford V-8 272  U   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   $1,840 (est) (Wash. D.C.) / $1,825 (est) (L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," Payload 711 Lb, & GVW 4100 Lb
 
Courier / Parklane
Sedan Delivery. 2 dr. 3 pass. Top trim.
Ford I-6 223  A   Std eng (& Std Conv Dr)   I-6 Courier/Parklane price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," Payload 830 Lb, & GVW 4100 Lb
Ford V-8 272  U   Opt eng (& Std Conv Dr)   V-8 Courier/Parklane price not found
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," Payload 711 Lb, & GVW 4100 Lb
 
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery/Custom Delivery)
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1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery)
 
Engines

Ford I-6  223 CID   A Code   Std eng
6 cyl  in-line  2 overhead-valve
3.62 in bore x 3.60 in stroke   4 main bearings
137 hp @ 4400 rpm   202 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr   w/ all drives
1-barrel carb w/ manual choke   Single exhaust
Ford V-8  272 CID   U Code   Opt eng
8 cyl   90°-V   2 overhead-valve (int 1.78" exh 1.51")   Y-Block
3.62 in bore x 3.30 in stroke   5 main bearings
173 hp @ 4400 rpm   260 lb-ft torque @ 2400 rpm   8.0 to 1 cr
176 hp @ 4400 rpm   264 lb-ft torque @ 2400 prm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic
Twin-Jet carb (2-barrel) w/ auto choke   Single exhaust
 
Drives
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), & Tires 6.70 x 15
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), & Tires 6.70 x 15  +$192 / $178.20
 
Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)  (Courier & Station Wagon)
4.09, opt 4.27, w/ std Conventional Drive
4.27, opt (none) w/ opt Overdrive
3.54, opt (none) w/ opt Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
 
Tires  Opt tire prices not found
Std 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tubless blackwall
Opt 6.70 x 15" 6-ply tubeless blackwall
Opt 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tubeless blackwall
Opt 7.10 x 15" 6-ply tubeless blackwall
Steel rims 15 x 5"
Click Tires, Payloads, & GVWs
 
Base Trim
•  One sun visior    •  One armrest     •  One outside door rear view mirror
•  One front bucket seat (driver) w/ dark brown skiver-grain vinyl cover (AJ-code), back folds forward
•  One opt auxiliary front right bucket seat (passenger), back folds forward & whole seat tilts up & forward
•  Door & cargo area side panels of smooth medium brown pressed wood
•  Cargo area floor of plywood on full-welded steel pan, underfloor storage w/ 2 hinged lids & spare tire well w/ hinged lid
•  Side-hinged wide-opening rear door, holds open in all positions
 
Exterior Colors
Colonial White
Raven Black
Nocturne Blue,  Bermuda Blue,  Diamond Blue
Pine Ridge Green,  Meadowmist Green
Buckskin Tan
Fiesta Red
Platinum Gray
 
Click full specs  1956 Ford Courier (Sedan Delivery) Brochure
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Fairlane bodyside sweep wide bright-metal molding w/ black painted insets . . .