Given to the owner by Henry Ford II and in the present family from new
1956 Ford Thunderbird with Hard Top
Chassis no. P6FH190753
In 1956, the present owner's mother neighbored Edsel Ford, whose son Henry Ford gave her this car as a gift. According to her son, it wasn't really to her taste and was promptly parked up across the driveway. There it sat, while he eyed it enviously then still a year away from a license. Over the course of the next year he hatched a plan to make the car his, which was that if he were to achieve an 'A' in his upcoming tests then his prize would be the 'T-Bird'. No doubt both were winners as he was inspired to work hard, but shortly after his 16th birthday Henry Ford's gift passed to him.
The car had been supplied new through the Jacksonville Ford Agent and was as now in black paint with a black and white interior, it never had a soft top, just the port-hole less hard top it retains to this day. Over the course of the ensuing 54 years the T-Bird has been enjoyed and cherished. Every year from Memorial Day to Labor Day it is in service and is a well-known sight at the local golf club and roads of Greenwich, CT. Its condition reflects its age, and while totally original there is visible corrosion in the lower doors, to the trunk lid and trunk floor. Mechanically, it remains 'on the button' and when recently inspected the car sprung into life without complication.
With his advancing years, the owner has decided to pass the car on to its next and only second custodian from new.