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Distinctive characteristics for a 1956 T-bird:   Front Fender vents;   tail fins rounded and inline with body lines; Straight  front bumper with bumperettes; dual exhaust with outlets at corners of rear bumper... Wind wings, sun visors; Continental kit set  into body hugging rear bumper. Hardtop is with or without portholes.   

Scale Information:
Listings are in alphabetical order by brand or manufacturer. Listings cover diecasts, plastic molds, sand casts, etc...~ any 3-Dimensional 1956 Thunderbird that rolls or appears to roll whether made to be decorative, as a toy, or for the collector.
Model Kits are on a separate page.
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* Some cars are rather generic for 1955 & 1956 ie. have characteristics of both years.If you don't see your model listed in the '56 list it may be in the '55 list.
Brand / Country
Year Manu.
Photos
Name / Model # 
Scale
Description

Gearbox / China

1997 . Texaco Fire Chief
Series #3
4" or  Pedal Car; Red, black, or green; ; white interior; Texaco Fire Chief logo on doors and trunk; 4.5" has no cont'l kit and no hidden bank; 
 
1997 . Texaco Fire Chief
Series #3
9" Pedal Car; Red, black, or green; ; white interior; Texaco Fire Chief logo on doors and trunk;
has cont'l kit; trunk opens; hidden bank Display box w/ Texaco Gas Station scene
1997 .. Texaco Sky Chief
Series #7
4"  Pedal Car; as above 4"; Texaco Sky Chief logos
1997 . Texaco Sky Chief
Series #7
 9" Pedal Car; as above 9";Texaco Sky Chief logos; has cont'l kit; trunk opens; hidden bank 
1998 . Texaco
Series 11
4"  Pedal Car; as above 4"; Texaco logos
1998 . Texaco
Series 11
9"  Pedal Car; as above 9"; Texaco logos
1998 . Pedal Car 4"  Red, blue, yellow, tan, white, black, or coral;  no logos
1998 . Pedal Car 9" Red, blue, yellow, tan, white, black, or coral;  no logos; has cont'l kit; trunk opens; hidden bank 
1999 . Crayola Pedal Car 4" .Red & white w/ "crayola"on sides OR crayola box graphics in yellow & green  OR yellow w/green trunk & writing on trunk & hood
Grupo Brutons * / China 1991 . . 1/64 lime green metallic w/pink flames #3 on hood -  definitely kids toy
Guisval / Spain 80's/ 90's  . #38006 1/32 Red w/ white interior; convertible; marked 1957 on bottom
80's/90's . Thunderbird 1/32 Blue w/white plastic top; black cont'l kit; white walls - hood & trunk open; black interior & white dash;though marked "1957" on bottom, it's still a 56 model
Hallmark Cards / China 1993 . Classic Cars #3 1/43 Plastic, Christmas ornament; light blue  w/white porthole top; Christmas tree across trunk
Hamilton . 56 thunderbird ? Pewter
Hasbro/Maisto  2000 . Tonka #9 of 50 Collection 2 . see Maisto
Hasbro / China 2004 Playskool #024 SpeedStars Racers 4" Peacock Blue; no cont'l kit; porthole hardtop;slotted wheels; In 2 pack w/orange car and interchangeable Chassis; crude but very recognizable as a T-bird.  [I've played with it and recommend it for fun](DL
2004 Playskool #030 SpeedStars Racers 4" White;no cont'l kit; porthole hardtop; wire look solid wheels; In 2 pack w/orange car and interchangeable Chassis; crude but very recognizable as a T-bird.(SL)
Heritage Metal Works / USA 80's . 1956 Thunderbird 1/84 Pewter on wood base, porthole hartop, fine details; "1956 Thunderbird" on plaque
Hertz - see MotorMax . . . . .
Ideal / Hong Kong early 60's . Motorific #4139-2 4 3/4" Plastic body slot car; yellow w/red stripes & decal #4 in circle on side; OR dark blue OR dark red OR teal
Jim Beam / USA 80's . . . Ceramic decanter with plastic parts; Black, blue, green, grey, yellow

 
 
 
 
 
 

Johnny Lightning / China

2002 American Graffiti Series 1/60 white with red interior; porthole hardtop; white line tires
2002 American Graffiti Series; White Lightning 1/60 white with white lightning tires, red interior; porthole hardtop or
white with white interior & white line tires & white hubs
2002 Model Kit 1/60 model kit - same model as American Graffiti JL
2002
Legendary Bad Birds  Series 1 1/60 black with red interior; topless
2002 Legendary Bad Birds Series 1; White Lightning 1/60 pearl white; red interior; white line tires; topless
2002 Legendary Bad Birds Series 2  1/60 red with white porthole hardtop
2002 .  Legendary Bad Birds Series 2 White Lightning 1/60 red with white porthole hardtop; WHITE HUBS 
2002 Ad Rods 1/60 light blue; blue interior; topless; packaged with replica of Ford ad
2002 Ad rods - White Lightning 1/60 light blue; blue interior; topless; white lightning marked on tires; white base
2002 Legendary Bad Birds Series 3 1/60 Buckskin tan with white porthole top; white interior; 
2002 . Legendary Bad Birds Series 3; White Lightning 1/60 Buckskin tan with white porthole top; white interior; Smoke Windshield, White ENGINE
2002 Legendary Bad Birds Series 3 1/60 Mint green; topless; white interior; chrome engine
2002 . Legendary Bad Birds Series 3; White Lightning 1/60 Mint green; topless; white interior; Smoke Windshield, white engine
2002 . Legendary Bad Birds 1/60 Series 4  cancelled
2002 Holiday Johnny Lightnings 1/60 Gold chrome with white porthole hardtop

 
 
 

Johnny Lightning,  RC2/ China

2005 Coca-Cola 2005 Calendar 1/60 Yellow; graphic on side; for month of August; red interior; chrome hubs
2005 Coca-Cola 2005 Calendar White Lightning  1/60 Yellow; graphic on side; for month of August; white interior; white wheels
2005 Ford Muscle Car set 1/60 Navajo grey with white porthole top; black interior; hood opens to view engine; well detailed; white wall tires. one of 10 cars in boxed set.
2005 . Ford Muscle Car set white lightning 1/60 Navajo grey with white porthole top; black interior; hood opens to veiw engine, White wheels and chassis
2005 Street Freaks Zinger series Rolling Thunder #42 1/60 Turquoise with white stylized flames on sides; chrome wheels; engine sticking out of hood; raised chassis; white interior; topless
2005 Street Freaks Zinger series Rolling Thunder #42 White Lightning 1/60 Turquoise with white stylized flames on sides; white wheels; engine sticking out of hood; raised chassis; white interior; topless
2005 Street Freaks Zinger "Rolling Thunder"  1/60  yellow flamed purple 56 in their Zinger series #49; black interior; engine sticking out of hood; chrome wheels; rears larger than fronts
2005 Street Freaks Zinger "Rolling Thunder"  White Lightning Pearl White body with orange flames, #49; black interior; engine sticking out of hood; chrome wheels; rears larger than fronts
2005 Poker series II 1/60 Yellow with yellow hubs, black interior with green felt seats; #12 in 2nd series; includes white poker chip & 3 playing cards
2005 Poker series II; White Lightning 1/60 Yellow with green flocked hubs, black interior with green flocked felt seats; #12 in 2nd series; includes white poker chip & 3 playing cards
2005 Spoilers series 1/60 pearl pink with engine sticking out of hood; black interior with pink seat inserts; Black racing stripe length of car  from nose to cont'l kit. #25 in circle on door; topless;  released October 2005; #7 in series
2005 Spoilers series; White Lightning 1/60 pearl pink with engine sticking out of hood; black interior with pink seat inserts; Black racing stripe length of car  from nose to cont'l kit. #25 in circle on door; topless; white hubs; white base; released October 2005; #7 in series
2005 Zinger series  Rolling thunder 1/60 yellow/gold metallic with white hardtop; engine sticking out of hood; released October 2005 #60 in series
2005 Zinger series  Rolling thunder
White Lightning
1/60 yello/gold metallic with white hartop; white chassis and white wheels

Johnny Lightning, RC2 / China
2006 Rock Art; Elvis Presley 1/60 green; topless; Elvis portrait and signature; chrome wheels
2006 . Rock Art;  Elvis Presley White Lightning 1/60 green; topless; Elvis portrait and signature; white wheels and chassis
2007 Classic Gold Collection R35
1956 Ford Thunderbird 
1/60 yellow/gold with black hardtop; yellow interior; detailed engine; white wall tires; chrome wire-look wheels; 53091F
2007 . Classic Gold White Lightning 1/60 yellow with black hardtop; white tires,
Lists:  1955 A-H 1955 I-M 1955 N-Z ?? 1956 A-F 1956G-J 1956K-N 1956 O-Z + ?? 1957 A-H 1957 I-R 1957 S-Z ?? Model Kits Hot Wheels
released in:  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012
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* Some cars are rather generic for 1955 & 1956 ie. have characteristics of both years.  If you don't see your model listed in the '56 list it may be in the '55 list.  Manufacturer of many of those models is also hard to determine so Brand name or Distributor's name is listed which is why some models look the same but have different "manufacturers"

  If you don't see your classic t-bird model listed at all, Please send me e-mail with a description including the manufacturer/ country of origin / year made if known / size / general & specific description including color of body and interior and type of top, hub style, etc.  I also accept photos.


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