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  Single-Tone 16-code Platinum Grey ext paint
 
 
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner
 
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner   Named "Juicy Fruit" for its unique Mercury colors: 19-code Saffron Yellow, 17-code Grove Green, & Black flash. (Some 1956 Meteors had 1956 Mercury colours.)
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1956 Meteor Brochure Cover
MERCURY–LINCOLN–METEOR DIVISION    FORD MOTOR COMPANY OF CANADA, LIMITED
1956 Meteor models 20-page brochure (here) - The Old Car Manual Project
 
1956 Meteor   Meteor Niagara   Meteor Rideau Models
 
•  Meteor Two-Door Sedan
•  Meteor Four-Door Sedan
•  Meteor Ranch Wagon (6-Pass)
•  Meteor Sedan Delivery
 
 
 
 
•  Meteor Niagara Two-Door Sedan
•  Meteor Niagara Four-Door Sedan
•  Meteor Niagara Victoria
•  Meteor Niagara Ranch Wagon (6-Pass)
 
 
 
 
•  Meteor Rideau Club Sedan
•  Meteor Rideau Town Sedan
•  Meteor Rideau Victoria
•  Meteor Rideau Four-Door Victoria
•  Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria
•  Meteor Rideau Sunliner
•  Meteor Rideau 6-Pass Country Sedan
•  Meteor Rideau 8-Pass Country Sedan
 
View/print all 1956 Meteor models & specifications pages 1-9 (here) - PDF
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Meteor Two-Door Sedan Single-Tone 16-code Platinum Grey ext paint
1956 Meteor Two-Door Sedan
1956 Meteor Two-Door Sedan
Body Type 70A    Production 3,305    Base Price $2,327 CAD
6-pass
Black rubber windshield & rear window mouldings, no side trim
Std Meteor V-8, 272-cid, 173-hp, 8.0/1-cr (176-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 2-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone ext paint colour    Colours (below)
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Meteor Four-Door Sedan Single-Tone 04-code Nocturne Blue Poly. ext paint
1956 Meteor Four-Door Sedan
1956 Meteor Four-Door Sedan
Body Type 73A    Production 4,042    Base Price $2,383 CAD
6-pass
Black rubber windshield & rear window mouldings, no side trim
Std Meteor V-8, 272-cid, 173-hp, 8.0/1-cr (176-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 2-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone ext paint colour    Colours (below)
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Meteor Ranch Wagon Single-Tone 12-code Buckskin Tan ext paint
1956 Meteor Ranch Wagon
1956 Meteor Ranch Wagon  (6-Pass Station Wagon)
Body Type 59A    Production 849    Base Price $2,754 CAD
2-dr, stowaway back seat
Black rubber windshield & rear window mouldings, no side trim
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
• Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
• Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
• Std Std Trans, 9-1.2" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
• Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
• Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone ext paint colour    Colours (below)
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Meteor Sedan Delivery Single-Tone 09-code Carousel Red ext paint
1956 Meteor Sedan Delivery
1956 Meteor Sedan Delivery
Body Type 78A    Production ____    Base Price $ _____
2-dr, 1-pass (driver), 1 bucket seat, side-hinged panel-type rear door
Black rubber windshield & rear window mouldings, no side trim
Std Meteor V-8, 272-cid, 173-hp, 8.0/1-cr (176-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 2-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone ext paint colour    Colours (below)
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Meteor Niagara Two-Door Sedan Tri-Tone 6B-code Bermuda Blue, Colonial White, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Niagara Two-Door Sedan
1956 Meteor Niagara Two-Door Sedan
Body Type 70B    Production 4,285    Base Price $2,446 CAD
6-pass
Bright-metal side trim w/ contrasting flash colour
Std Meteor V-8, 272-cid, 173-hp, 8.0/1-cr (176-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 2-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
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Meteor Niagara Four-Door Sedan Tri-Tone 4D-code Meadowmist Green, Pine Ridge Green, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Niagara Four-Door Sedan
1956 Meteor Niagara Four-Door Sedan
Body Type 73B    Production 12,122    Base Price $2,501 CAD
6-pass
Bright-metal side trim w/ contrasting flash colour
Std Meteor V-8, 272-cid, 173-hp, 8.0/1-cr (176-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 2-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
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Meteor Niagara Victoria Tri-Tone 2D-code Carousel Red, Colonial White, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Niagara Victoria
1956 Meteor Niagara Victoria
Body Type 64D    Production ____    Base Price $ _____
2-dr, 6-pass, "Hardtop"
Bright-metal side trim w/ contrasting flash colour
Std Meteor V-8, 272-cid, 173-hp, 8.0/1-cr (176-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 2-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
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Meteor Niagara Ranch Wagon Tri-Tone 7D-code Pine Ridge Green, Meadowmist Green, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Niagara Ranch Wagon
1956 Meteor Niagara Ranch Wagon  (6-Pass Station Wagon)
Body Type 59B    Production 975    Base Price $2,842 CAD
2-dr, stowaway back seat
Bright-metal side trim w/ contrasting flash colour
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1.2" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
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Meteor Rideau Club Sedan Tri-Tone 6D-code Meadowmist Green, Colonial White, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Rideau Club Sedan illustration
1956 Meteor Rideau Club Sedan
Body Type 70C    Production 1,431    Base Price $2,584 CAD
2-dr, 6-pass
Bright-metal side trim w/ Meteor emblem, jet exhaust design, & contrasting flash colour; Meteor emblem full wheel covers
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, none installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid, 225-hp, 9.0/1-cr, 4-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
Merc-O-Matic Dr (only), 3.22 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
 
1956 Meteor Rideau Club Sedan photo
1956 Meteor Rideau Club Sedan   Tri-Tone 4A-code Colonial White, Meadowmist Green, & Raven Black (flash) exterior paint. This example has stainless steel Ford Crest (instead of Meteor Crest) Wheel Covers, and bumperettes removed.
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Meteor Rideau Town Sedan Tri-Tone 5B-code Nocturne Blue Poly., Diamond Blue, Colonial White (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Rideau Town Sedan
1956 Meteor Rideau Town Sedan
Body Type 73C    Production 5,337    Base Price $2,639 CAD
4-dr, 6-pass
Bright-metal side trim w/ Meteor emblem, jet exhaust design, & contrasting flash colour; Meteor emblem full wheel covers
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid, 225-hp, 9.0/1-cr, 4-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
Merc-O-Matic Dr (only), 3.22 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
 
1956 Meteor Rideau Town Sedan
1956 Meteor Rideau Town Sedan   Tri-Tone 1E-code Saffron Yellow, Platinum Grey, & Raven Black (flash)
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Meteor Rideau Victoria Tri-Tone 8D-code Saffron Yellow, Raven Black, Colonial White (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Rideau Victoria
1956 Meteor Rideau Victoria
Body Type 64C    Production 2,110    Base Price $2,759 CAD
2-dr, 6-pass, "Hardtop"
Bright-metal side trim w/ Meteor emblem, jet exhaust design, & contrasting flash colour; Meteor emblem full wheel covers
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid, 225-hp, 9.0/1-cr, 4-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
Merc-O-Matic Dr (only), 3.22 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
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Meteor Rideau Four-Door Victoria Tri-Tone __-code Sunset Coral, Colonial White, Raven Black (flash) ext paint (Spring Colour, Apr 1, 1956)
1956 Meteor Rideau Four-Door Victoria
1956 Meteor Rideau Four-Door Victoria
Body Type 57A    Production 545    Base Price $ _____
6-pass, "Hardtop,"   late model-year
Bright-metal side trim w/ Meteor emblem, jet exhaust design, & contrasting flash colour; Meteor emblem full wheel covers
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   late model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid, 225-hp, 9.0/1-cr, 4-bbl   late model-year, few installed   with
Merc-O-Matic Dr (only), 3.22 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
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Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria Tri-Tone 6B-code Bermuda Blue, Colonial White, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria
1956 Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria
Body Type 64A    Production 206    Base Price $2,810 CAD
2-dr, 6-pass, steel top, bright-metal tiara trim
Bright-metal side trim w/ Meteor emblem, jet exhaust design, & contrasting flash colour; Meteor emblem full wheel covers
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, none installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid, 225-hp, 9.0/1-cr, 4-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
Merc-O-Matic Dr (only), 3.22 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
 
1956 Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria
1956 Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria   Tri-Tone 6B-code Bermuda Blue, Colonial White, Raven Black.  Photo  Barrett-Jackson.
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Meteor Rideau Sunliner Tri-Tone 1B-code Colonial White, Mandarin Orange, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner
Body Type 76B    Production 479    Base Price $3,007 CAD
2-dr, 6-pass, electrically controlled convertible vinyl top
Bright-metal side trim w/ Meteor emblem, jet exhaust design, & contrasting flash colour; Meteor emblem full wheel covers
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 3.20 (opt 3.89) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 3.89 (opt 3.20) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.22 (opt 3.55) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, none installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, ______ axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, ______ axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid, 225-hp, 9.0/1-cr, 4-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
Merc-O-Matic Dr (only), 3.22 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
 
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner
 
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner   Tri-Tone 6E-code Raven Black, Carousel Red, & Colonial White (flash)
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Meteor Rideau 6-Pass Country Sedan Tri-Tone 2D-code Carousel Red, Colonial White, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Rideau 6-Passenger Country Sedan
1956 Meteor Rideau 6-Passenger Country Sedan  (Station Wagon)
Body Type 79D    Production 1,778    Base Price $2,900 CAD
4-dr, stowaway back seat
Bright-metal side trim w/ Meteor emblem, jet exhaust design, & contrasting flash colour; Meteor emblem full wheel covers
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1.2" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid, 225-hp, 9.0/1-cr, 4-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
Merc-O-Matic Dr (only), 3.54 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
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Meteor Rideau 8-Pass Country Sedan Tri-Tone 2D-code Carousel Red, Colonial White, Raven Black (flash) ext paint
1956 Meteor Rideau 8-Passenger Country Sedan
1956 Meteor Rideau 8-Passenger Country Sedan
Body Type 79B    Production 933    Base Price $3,070 CAD
4-dr, stowaway back seat, removable rear seat
Bright-metal side trim w/ Meteor emblem, jet exhaust design, & contrasting flash colour; Meteor emblem full wheel covers
Std Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 200-hp, 8.0/1-cr (202-hp, 8.4/1-cr w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr), 4-bbl   with
•  Std Std Trans, 10" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 10" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 137-hp, 8.0/1-cr, 2-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
•  Std Std Trans, 9-1.2" clutch, 4.09 (opt 4.27) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Overdrive, 9-1/2" clutch, 4.27 (opt none) axle, 6.70 x 15" 4-ply tires
•  Opt Merc-O-Matic Dr, 3.54 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires,   or
Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid, 225-hp, 9.0/1-cr, 4-bbl   mid model-year, few installed   with
Merc-O-Matic Dr (only), 3.54 (opt none) axle, 7.10 x 15" 4-ply tires
Single-Tone, Two-Tone, or Tri-Tone ext paint colours incld flash colour Colonial White, Raven Black, or Carousel Red (on Colonial White body)    Colours (below)
 
1956 Meteor Rideau 8-Passenger Country Sedan
1956 Meteor Rideau 8-Pass Country Sedan   Single-Tone 09-code Carousel Red & Colonial White (flash)
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1956 Meteor   Meteor Niagara   Meteor Rideau
 
1956 Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria V-8 292-cid 200/202-hp engine
Meteor V-8  292-cid  202-hp (w/ Merc-O-Matic Dr) engine.   Photos  Barrett-Jackson.
1956 Meteor Rideau Crown Victoria V-8 292-cid 200/202-hp engine
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4 Engines
1)  Meteor V-8, 272-cid, 2-ohv, 90-degree, 3.62" bore x 3.30" stroke, 2-barrel carb, 5 main bearings, 12-volt elec system
•  Std 173-hp @ 4400 rpm, 260 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm, 8.0/1 comp ratio, w/ std Std Trans or opt Overdrive
•  Opt 176-hp @ 4400 rpm, 264 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm, 8.4/1 comp ratio, w/ opt Merc-O-Matic Drive
Meteor (except Ranch Wagon), Meteor Niagara (except Ranch Wagon)
 
2)  Meteor V-8, 292-cid, 2-ohv, 90-degree, 3.75" bore x 3.30" stroke, 4-barrel carb, 5 main bearings, 12-volt elec system
•  Std 200-hp @ 4600 rpm, 285 lb-ft @ 2600 rpm, 8.0/1 comp ratio, w/ std Std Trans or opt Overdrive
•  Opt 202-hp @ 4600 rpm, 289 lb-ft @ 2600 rpm, 8.4/1 comp ratio, w/ opt Merc-O-Matic Drive
Meteor Ranch Wagon, Meteor Niagara Ranch Wagon, Meteor Rideau (incld 6- & 8-Pass Country Sedan)
 
3)  Opt Meteor I-6, 223-cid, 2-ohv, inline, 3.62" bore x 3.60" stroke, 2-barrel card, 4 main bearings, 12-volt elec system
137-hp @ 4000 rpm, 202 lb-ft @ 1600-2600 rpm, 8.0/1 comp ratio, w/ all drives
All models   "delete option"  mid model-year, few installed
 
4)  Opt Meteor V-8, 312-cid 2-ohv, 90-degree, 3.80" bore x 3.44" stroke, 4-barrel carb, 5 main bearings, 12-volt elec system
225-hp @ 4600 rpm, 324 lb-ft @ 2600 rpm, 9.0/1 comp ratio, w/ opt Merc-O-Matic Drive (only)
Meteor Rideau (incld 6- & 8-Pass Country Sedan)   mid model-year, few installed
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3 Transmissions    View Shifting Gears, Owners Manual
1)  Std Conventional Drive (manual 3-spd)
1st, 2nd (synchro), 3rd (synchro), & Reverse
2)  Opt Overdrive (manual 3-spd w/ auto 4th-spd Overdrive gear)
1st, 2nd (synchro), 3rd (synchro), auto 4th-spd OD (30% lower eng rpm than 3rd), & Reverse
OD lock-in/lock-out push-pull T-handle
OD cuts in about 28 mph & cuts out about 22 mph
OD full-throttle-pedal auto kick-down to 3rd for passing
3)  Opt Speed-Trigger Fordomatic Drive (automatic 3-spd)
Low (1st), Intermediate (2nd, Passing Gear), High (3rd), & Reverse
N  start engine
DR  2nd gear start-out, auto upshift to 3rd (typical)
DR  1st gear start-out at full-throttle, auto upshifts to 2nd & 3rd
LO  1st gear start-out & hold
 
Clutch
•  Single, dry-plate, cushion-disc type
•  9-1/2-inch, w/ I-6 eng
•  10-inch, w/ V-8 eng, all
Rims
•  Pressed steel, welded
•  15" dia x 5" wide
•  5 lug x 4.5" (114.3 mm) bolt pattern
Tires
•  Bias-ply
•  Tubless
•  Black sidewall
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Print Colour Pages 1 & 2 - PDF
1956 Meteor Single-Tone & Flash Paint Colors
NOTE  Some Mercury colors were used on Meteors - records not found by editor.
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Print Colour Pages 1 & 2 - PDF
1956 Meteor Exterior Two-Tone, Tri-Tone, & Flash Paint Colors
NOTE  Some Mercury colors were used on Meteors - records not found by editor.
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1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner interior
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner   Interior
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1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner engine
1956 Meteor Rideau Sunliner   Opt Meteor V-8  312-cid  225-hp  engine.
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1956 Meteor Rideau Victoria Data Plate Example
1956 Meteor Rideau Victoria Data Plate
FORD MOTOR COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED    OAKVILLE ONTARIO
SERIAL NUMBER  264CK56-129517
2   ENGINE TYPE - V-8 292-cid
64C   BODY TYPE - 2-door Hardtop
K   ASSEMBLY PLANT - Oakville, Ontario (for all Meteors)
56   MODEL YEAR - 1956
129517   CONSECUTIVE UNIT NO. (starting at 100001) - 29,517th vehicle (of all models) assembled so far at Oakville, for the 1956 model year
MODEL   264C - Rideau Victoria (2-door)
TRIM (INTERIOR)   GEB - __________
PAINT (EXTERIOR)   01 - Alaska White
ENGINE NUMBER IS STAMPED ON LEFT FRONT FACE OF BLOCK - (left blank)
NOTE  No Production Codes for assembled date or scheduled for assembly date (as on Ford plates).
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An original 1956 Meteor advertisement "Now offering V-8 and 6-cylinder engines in Niagara and Meteor series"
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An original Maclean's Magazine advertisement, April 28, 1956, featuring the Meteor Rideau 4-Door Victoria and "Safeguard Design"
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1956 Meteor   Meteor Niagara   Meteor Rideau Specifications
 
Specifiations
 
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1956 Meteor   Meteor Niagara   Meteor Rideau V-8 Engines
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1956 Meteor   Meteor Niagara   Meteor Rideau accessories & features
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1956 Meteor   Meteor Niagara   Meteor Rideau accessories & features
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1956 Meteor   Meteor Niagara   Meteor Rideau accessories & features
 
1956 Meteor   Meteor Niagara   Meteor Rideau Specifiations
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