Two-Tone Dichotomy: 1956 Ford Crown Victoria

1956 Ford Crown Victoria

When I see a car like this in several different states of refurbishment at the same time, I always wonder about the backstory. Looking at the pictures, you can see shiny paint applied over what is obviously wavy body filler (why? It’s not THAT hard to get right), some beautifully polished stainless trim and some bumpers that look like they’ve been painted silver with a rattle-can, upholstery that looks like it’s been painted with latex house paint but a gorgeously shiny radiator that looks like it’s been re-cored. It’s located in Elkton, Virginia and is for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $7,500 and no reserve.

1956 Ford Crown Victoria Floor

Here you can see both the latex paint and the solid floors (the seller says the dark spots are “dust” and not rust-through). The car is said to have run 2-3 years ago but currently has sour-smelling gas, although it does turn over. I would want something a little nice for this kind of money, but the Crown Vic’s of this era have never appealed to me that much anyway. Do we have any experts out there, and if so, is this a worthwhile project to take on?


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  1. Rich

    That is definitely rust-through on the back floorpan near the tunnel. Why the heck did they paint the seats?????????

  2. skloon

    Movie prop ? Parade Car ? I tarted up a Jag mkvii for a wedding once- got it running enough to go to the church with a quick spray of white rust paint- only had one brake though

  3. SoCal Car Guy

    I like ’56 Fords Mt high school car, which I still have decades later, is a ’56 Ford Ranch Wagon. And I like the Crown Vics, a lot But after a quick look through the eBay pix the only thing I can say about this mess is, “Run like hell, the other direction!”There’s obviously tons of really poor bondo rust repairs (bottoms of both front renders, both doors, left rocker panel..). The car has been severely hit at some point; look at where all four wheels are positioned in the wheel wells — fronts are pushed back at least an inch, maybe two and the rears are at least an inch too far forward. Like Rich already pointed out, there’s a fair amount of rust-through in the rear footwells, and all of that fresh caulking around the trunk floor to rear inner wheel houses indicates a truly shoddy attempt at hiding tons of rust in a rust-prone area. Knock a zero off the opening bid and it might be a worthwhile buy as a parts car.

  4. Chris

    I just don’t get the Crown Vicky thing. Just a tarted up 2 dr sedan, I’d much rather a pillarless hardtop over this, regardless of this one’s issues.

  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    I like the Fords from ’52-’56 with my favorites being the ’52-’54. Looks like the rear spring shackles have bee flipped which is a common treatment for sagging rear suspensions instead of doing it the right way: removing the springs and getting them re-arced. I’d agree with the price but not beyond it. There’s no doubt in my mind that there are a lot of hidden surprises in that project.

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