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1956 Ford Station Wagons Brochure
© 1955, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, Form FD-7573, Litho in U.S.A. 9-55
 
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, Intermediate trim)
8-passenger Country Sedan  (4 dr, 8 pass, Intermediate trim)
Parklane  (2 dr, 6 pass, "Sport" Ranch Wagon, Top trim)
Country Squire  (4 dr, 8 pass, Top trim, mahogany-grained steel side panels w/ maple-grained glass-fiber moldings)
 
Courier (Sedan Delivery)  Brochure  (2 dr, 1 pass - driver - bucket seat, Base trim, side-hinged rear door)
 
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FORD STATION WAGONS Brochure Cover - illustration of Parklane

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1956 FORD STATION WAGON SERIES
6 models. 6 or 8 pass (as below). Base, Intermediate, 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
 
 
Custom Ranch Wagon
Body Style  R     Body Type  59B     Production  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   $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   $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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Custom Ranch Wagon

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Ranch Wagon
Body Style  R     Body Type  59A     Production  8,348     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   $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   $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
 
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Parklane
Body Style  R     Body Type  59C     Production  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   $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   $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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Parklane

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6-Passenger Country Sedan
Body Style  X     Body Type  79D     Production (6- & 8-Pass Country Sedan total)  85,374     Prices
4 dr. 6 pass. Intermediate 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   $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   $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
 
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Six-Passenger Country Sedan

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Country Squire
Body Style  Y     Body Type  79C     Production  23,221     Prices
4 dr. 8 pass. Intermediate trim. Mahogany-grained steel side panels w/ maple-grained glass-fiber 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   $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   $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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Country Squire

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8-Passenger Country Sedan
Body Style  X     Body Type  79B     Production (6- & 8-Pass Country Sedan total)  85,374     Prices
4 dr. 8 pass. Intermediate 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   $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   $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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Eight-Passenger Country Sedan

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

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Parklane & Ranch Wagon cutaway views
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Parklane & Ranch Wagon cutaway views

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1956 Ford Station Wagon, & Courier (Sedan Delivery)
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
 
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   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   Y-Block
3.80 in bore x 3.44 in stroke   5 main bearings
225 hp @ 4600 rpm   324 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   9.0 to 1 cr   w/ Fordomatic
(215 hp @ 4600 rpm   317 lb-ft torque @ 2600 rpm   8.4 to 1 cr   w/ Overdrive  THUNDERBIRD ONLY)
Holley Double Twin-Jet carb (4-barrel) w/ auto choke   Dual exhaust
 
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202-h.p. Thunderbird Y-8 Engine   137-h.p. Ford I-6 Engine   Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive
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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)
 
Specifications
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Specifications

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I-6 & V-8 Station Wagon & I-6 & V-8 Courier (Sedan Delivery)
Rear Axle Ratios (to 1)

 
4.09, opt 4.27, w/ std Conventional Drive
4.27, opt (none), w/ opt Overdrive
3.54, opt (none), w/ opt Speed-Tigger Fordomatic Drive
 
Accessories
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Accessories

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Master-Guide Power Steering & Swift Sure Power Brakes
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Master-Guide Power Steering   Swift Sure Power Brakes

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Power-Lift Windows & 4-Way Power Front Seat
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Power-Lift Windows   4-Way Power Front Seat

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FORD STATION WAGONS Brochure Back Cover - illustration of Country Squire

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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
2 dr. 1 pass (driver). Sedan Delivery. Base trim. Opt Tires & Payloads (as below).
Ford I-6 223  A   Std eng   $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
Ford V-8 272  U   Opt eng   $1,890 (est), (Wash. D.C.) / $1,875 (est, L.A. Calif.)
Std Conventional Drive, Rear Axle 4.09 (opt 4.27), Tires 6.70 x 15," & Payload 711 Lb
 
Courier / Parklane
2 dr. 3 pass. Sedan Delivery. Top trim. Opt Tires & Payloads (as below).
Ford I-6 223  A   Std eng   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
Ford V-8 272  U   Opt eng   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
 
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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   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," & Payload 830 Lb
Opt Overdrive, Rear Axle 4.27 (opt none), Tires 6.70 x 15," & Payload 830 Lb  +$110 / $109.70
Opt Fordomatic Drive, Rear Axle 3.54 (opt none), Tires 6.70 x 15," & Payload 830 Lb  +$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"
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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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