Key facts

Ford Thunderbird, 1956 MY information summary

What body style?
convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
4704 mm
What size engine?
5.1 litre, 5116 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
218 PS / 215 bhp / 160 kW @ 4600 rpm
How much torque?
430 Nm / 317 ft.lb / 43.8 kgm @ 2600 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 10.20 s
How fast?
182 km/h, 113 mph

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1956 Ford Thunderbird technical specifications

Introduction

This automobile has a 2 door convertible/cabriolet body style with a front mounted engine supplying power to the rear wheels.
Power is supplied by an overhead valve, 5.1 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder motor, with 2 valves per cylinder that produces power and torque figures of 215 bhp (218 PS/160 kW) at 4600 rpm and 430 N·m (317 lb·ft/43.8 kgm) at 2600 rpm respectively.
A 3 speed manual with overdrive transmission delivers the power to the wheels.
Maximum speed claimed is 182 km/h (113 mph).
1956 Ford Thunderbird data
Ford Thunderbird, 1956 MY data
bodywork
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2591 102
Track/tread (front) 1422 56
Track/tread (rear) 1422 56
Length 4704 185.2
Width 1811 71.3
Height 1326 52.2
Ground clearance 150 5.9
length:wheelbase ratio 1.82
Kerb weight
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 61.8 litres 13.6 UK Gal 16.3 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 5.1 litre
5116 cc
(312.197 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 96.52 × 87.4 mm
3.8 × 3.44 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.1
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 218 PS (215 bhp) (160 kW)
at 4600 rpm
Specific output 42 bhp/litre
0.69 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 430 Nm (317 ft·lb) (43.8 kgm)
at 2600 rpm
Specific torque 84.05 Nm/litre
1.02 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9:1
Fuel system 1 Ford carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1056.2 kPa (153.2 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 639.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 7.40 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 10.20 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) 31.80 s
Standing quarter-mile 17.50 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 182 km/h (113 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio
Weight-to-power ratio
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering worm & roller
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front 6½ x 15
Wheel size rear 6½ x 15
Tyres front 6.70-15
Tyres rear 6.70-15
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter 279 mm
Gearbox 3 speed manual with overdrive
Top gear ratio 0.70
Final drive ratio 3.92
general
Carfolio.com ID272063
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 46.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1956 Ford Thunderbird added 2012-05-24.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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