High-Style Hauler w/ the Heart of a Thunderbird: 1956 Ford Country Sedan

  • March 25, 2021
The Rundown
  • Exceptionally Stylish & Well-Preserved
  • Just 11k Seller-Stated Miles
  • Excellent Operating Order
  • Wonderful 2-Tone Exterior & Interior
  • Original 292ci, 200hp Thunderbird V8 Engine
  • 3-Speed Manual Transmission w/ Overdrive
  • Includes Build Sheet & Owner’s Manual
Why We Like It

For 1956, Ford Motor Company doubled down on styling, comfort, power, and utility with its immensely popular full-size passenger cars. One of the prime drivers of Ford’s all-out struggle against archrival Chevrolet was the Station Sedan wagon, offered in 6- and 8-passenger interior configurations. Both 6- and V8 powerplants were available and 85,374 Country Sedans were produced for 1956, representing the vast majority of Ford’s Station Wagon sales that year.


high-style-hauler-w-the-heart-of-a-thunderbird-1956-ford-country-sedan78263190-770-0@2XAccording to the seller, this handsome 1956 Ford Country Sedan is a fabulous find as an unadulterated and beautifully presented original example with just 11,000 state miles. Wow! As the seller relates, our subject vehicle retains the original 200hp, 292ci “Y-Block” V8 engine, mated to a 3-speed manual transmission with optional overdrive for relaxed cruising. They also state the undercarriage is untouched and retains the factory undercoating, with no rot or repair work apparent. The 2-tone paint remains equally nice, complemented by a visually stunning 2-tone interior and great chrome and stainless brightwork. Even the windows operate properly, and the glass is nice overall, notwithstanding some minor delamination on the vent windows. Best of all, the engine runs smoothly with plenty of power, the transmission shifts smoothly, and the brakes bring it all to a halt nice and straight. The clock works and so does the original vacuum-tube radio, after a proper warm-up. An owner’s manual and even the original build sheet are included with this wonderfully preserved and maintained high-style Ford wagon.


Valuation Verdict

The Country Sedan is partly responsible for elevating steel-bodied 1950s station wagons into the same stylistic league as higher-prestige competing models. Tasteful, elegant design, sensible proportions, dashing trim, and handsome 2-tone paint and interior treatments continue to make these stylish yet functional models true 1950s standouts today. Three have been offered online the past two years, with two sold in April 2020 for $24k and $25k. Our subject Country Sedan is priced a bit higher; however, it must be considered Fair Market at the seller’s very reasonable ask, given its stellar preservation, low seller-stated miles, and proper operating condition, plus its healthy 292ci Thunderbird V8 engine and desirable 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive. This is a prime-quality 1950s car that must be considered by classic car enthusiasts on so many levels.

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