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Lot 31
1956 Ford Victoria Hardtop


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection


• Body-off restoration
• Equipped with the optional high performance Thunderbird V-8 engine
• Attractive color combination of Peacock Blue and Snowshoe White
• Master Guide power steering and brakes

292 cid V-8 engine, 193 HP, Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115”

Seen as a true American classic and a popular car among collectors today, the Ford Fairlane Victoria was first offered to the public in 1955. The Fairlane Victoria was a full-size automobile and quickly became the company’s top selling model. Its sales succuss continued into 1956 where it came with several style changes and significant safety improvements which were referred to as the Lifeguard Design. The main improvements were optional seatbelts, a steering wheel with a deeper center, and special locks were added to doors which helped prevent them from opening during collisions. The new improvements showed Ford could combine safety and style all into one stunning package.

Benefitting from a body-off restoration comes this beautiful Peacock Blue and Snowshoe White 1956 Ford Victoria. One look and it instantly brings you back to the iconic times of drive-in movies, burger stands and milk shakes, which is one of the reasons Mr. Thorne acquired this car for his fabulous Ford collection. The body is sprinkled throughout with flashy chrome molding that divide the attractive Peacock Blue and Snowshoe White color combination. Also included in the brightwork are stainless rocker moldings, rear stone guards and fender skirts with stainless guards.

This iconic Ford from the 50’s also packs quite the punch under the hood. The original owner checked the dealer option box for this Victoria to be equipped with the optional 292 cid Thundebird high performance V-8 engine. The high-performance engine is paired with the Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission and is capable of producing a near 200 horsepower, which allows for its owner to go on a subtle cruise or punch it into high gear when desired. Its driving abilities are only enhanced with its creature comfort options that include both a Ford Master Guide power steering and power brakes. The warm and inviting cabin was completely restored and was done in the color combination of Peacock Blue and Snowshoe White to match the exterior. The comfortable vinyl bench seating presents nicely and the large two-tone dash becomes the focal point in the interior and houses the optional AM radio and defroster.

Ford was dedicated to keeping up with trends and the public’s desire, long wheelbases with flashy colors and chrome were just what buyers asked for in the 1950s. Popular when first released and rarely seen with a restoration like this, the next owner simply has to shift the Ford-O-Matic into drive, hit the blacktop, sit back, and relive all the iconic memories that came about in the 1950s.

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