1955 Ford Thunderbird Roadster Ford had only planned to build 10,000 T-Birds for the 1955 model year. Within the first 10 days after its debut in Detroit, it had over 3,500 orders. It would end up selling over 16,000 before the year was out. And that was no small task; at over $4,000 fully-loaded, the Thunderbird could be twice as expensive as a base-model Ford coupe, and as much as the far more capable Jaguar XK140. But the Thunderbird was also the first successful niche car built by one of The Big Three. It was the first time a singular model that wasn\'t a big coupe, sedan, station wagon, or truck rose to the top of a company\'s lineup and took hold of the public\'s imagination. You may not have been able to afford a T-Bird, or it may have been too impractical for you, but you wanted one. For consignment, year 1 version 1 of the soon to be iconic Ford Thunderbird. And you WILL want one! Bathed in Goldenrod Yellow, it does not get any more mid 50s looking than this wonderful 2 seat bird. The entire package is very attractive, but the thing that sends this writer over the top is the early simplistic design. Restored in the 80\'s and purchased by our consignor just over 20 years ago, this baby bird is still looking great thanks to always being garage kept during our consignors ownership. A slew of receipts, some upgrades performed by our consignor and an all around great driver create the aura of top elite for this bird! Exterior Starting upfront, we can see a beautiful original and mirror like bumper with mini Dagmar style bumper-ettes attached which take on a jet engine like appearance. Directly above is a well-preserved shiny egg crate grille and flanking this on either side is a single visored headlight. A long-scooped hood rolls its way back to the passenger compartment, which is small, and is topped with a convertible top in black, tear free and fade free canvas and sporting a clear plastic rear window. On the back, small fins tip round tail lights, again, emulating the jet age design, and another clean bumper, this time the Dagmars house the exhaust tailpipes. The gas cap door utilizes a crossed checkered flag with a cloisonné Ford shield just above. Blackwall radials in 15 format surround Goldenrod Yellow painted steel wheels with standard Ford wheel coverings for just the right look. All metal is painted in Goldenrod Yellow paint, and has nicely preserved gaps with no rust seen on its exterior. From its fender skirts to the chromed venting on the front quarters to the tasteful fins and jet engine tail lights, Dagmars, and all is super snazzy. And don\'t forget the Goldenrod Yellow fiberglass hardtop that comes along with this iconic car, and is a correct non-port hole version with a new headliner. Interior The curvaceous thick door panels are wrapped in yellow vinyl with some black vinyl covered swooping upward long armrests, and a black padded window sill attached at the top. There is a large panel of machined aluminum through the center which is the background for the door actuator and power seat switches. These are nice and clean, with the aluminum showing a few dimples. This panel looks the part, as they melt into the curved dash keeping the machined metal line through the center. A fan style black background with white numbered speedometer is above on the painted metal black dash top and more black for below the machined strip of aluminum. Flanking on either side of the speedo are round gauges, one a factory tachometer, and the right a clock. Also noted, the original remanufactured radio is neatly installed in the dash center. Fronting a near perfect bench seat is the chrome bezel small shift lever well within reach of the driver on the hump. The seat is complete with black smooth bolsters and surrounds and shows with yellow tuck and roll inserts and some piping at the seams, and it stretches from door to door. Nice condition black carpeting floods the floors, and the black b
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Classic Auto Mall is a world class consignment house located in southeastern Pennsylvania with indoor showroom space for up to 1,000 collectable and special interest vehicles offered for sale. We are conveniently located just west of Philadelphia.