1955 Ford Thunderbird

Lot: 848

Sold for (£): 29,480
Offered for sale is a 4.8 L 1955 Ford Thunderbird automatic that has been with the current owner for the last 4 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 88 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

A beautifully restored, first-generation, T-Bird in Raven Black...


  • Ford's answer to the Corvette but made of steel and with a 4.7-litre V8
  • Purchased in 2014 then imported from America and UK registered
  • Superbly restored in the US and further improved during present 4-year ownership
  • In gleaming Raven Black with a Silver hardtop and a 'put your sunglasses on' Red interior
  • One of the best we have ever seen. Even Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli would be impressed 

Lot Details

Registration: 505 UYK RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Year: 1955 Engine size: 4.8 L
Make: Ford Odometer reading (miles): 90000
Model: Thunderbird MOT expiry:
Warranted: No Chassis number: P5FH148018

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 88 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Bare metal respray, new black hood, new white-wall tyres, new chrome, original hard top restored including new headlining, new tonneau cover and tote bag plus overall cover.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


New interior trim and new carpets. 


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


New Holley carburettor (original carburettor and chrome pancake air filter supplied) and new rear air shock absorbers.


Gears: Drive-shaft:

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


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Vehicle History


Ford was not blind to Chevrolet's new Corvette but chose to develop a car along a different path. It was decided that their car would be made of metal instead of fibreglass, be powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvette's Blue Flame Six, and that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop unlike the Corvette's snap on curtains. There was one engine for the first 1955 T-Birds, and it was the 292ci, Y-Block. V-8 fitted with a single four-barrel carburettor. With the standard 3-speed manual transmission, this engine made 193 horsepower, and with the optional Ford-o-Matic transmission, it was a touch more at 198bhp.

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history