1956 Ford Thunderbird
This is a unique Thunderbird because it’s the most basic Thunderbird possible. It has the base engine, manual brakes, manual steering, manual windows and seats and manual transmission without overdrive, along with dog-dished hubcaps and black wall tires. It doesn’t have a radio, a heater or porthole windows. The original owner, an unmarried schoolteacher, specifically ordered this model. In 1960, Frank Hagerty purchased it from a junkyard for $225 after it had suffered front-end damage. He completely dismantled the car and then personally restored it. The Hagerty family enjoyed this as a three-season daily car for the next 30 years. The car did have a run in with a telephone pole and a deer during that time but neither stopped the family from putting an additional 50,000 miles on the odometer. In the early 90s, it was treated to a professional nut-and-bolt restoration and then won several national awards, including Best of Show at the Thunderbird Nationals.