This 1956 Ford Thunderbird has the iconic style you love, right down to the porthole hardtop and continental kit on the rear

But more than look like a vintage boulevard machine, this is a quality V8 cruiser for today with plenty of desirable features – including cold-blowing air conditioning.

We love the look of a first-gen T-bird with a two-tone kind of style. The bright red makes this look like a red-blooded American. And the white on the hardtop gives it an extra distinction to show off the iconic hardtop style. There’s plenty more to love, like the bright chrome bumpers with twin bullets, a hood scoop, and the exhaust still exits through the rear corners of the bumper – a feature only found on a ’56. The continental kit may have been there to add trunk space, but we really just love it for the way it adds a jaunty look to the sleek T-Bird. Factory wheel covers, whitewalls, and fender skirts mean even the wheels have a detail-oriented look. So it’s a great classic, and the overall style is a driver-quality package. That means a car that’s easy to drive, and as you look inside, you can see easy cruising is a central theme.

While the hardtop makes for a terrific coupe, you can also take it off for an attractive roadster style. And this interior was made to be seen. After all, you’ll love the details in the two-tone style where the white inserts in the seats and doors have a classic tuck and roll style. A sporty machine-turned dash, plexiglass window speedometer, and working interior lights are all part of the vintage fun. And not only is the two-tone steering wheel stylish, but it’s also mounted on the rarely-seen telescopic column for a more comfortable driving experience. And speaking of a better driver, the AM/FM/cassette stereo with equalizer and cold-blowing R134a air conditioning are terrific upgrades for hitting the road.

The code-P optional 312 cubic-inch V8 is what is inside, and so nothing less will do under the hood of this premium convertible. It has all the right components, right down to the pie dish air cleaner and iconic Thunderbird logo valve covers. And while this looks good, the way this V8 fires up and runs tells you the investments here were more than just cosmetic. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly, and features like the power steering, a soft ride, and Goodyear tires are all about being a nice cruiser.

This red-blooded American has the right features to make sure you really know what a boulevard classic is all about.

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Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States