1956 Ford Sunliner

1956 Ford Sunliner

1956 was a largely a carry-over year for Ford as they geared up for the major changes for the 1957 model year. However, the big news for the 1956 Ford Sunliner and all Ford cars was the switch from 6-volt to 12-volt electrics. Otherwise, the basic body shell of the 1956 Fords was the same as the 1955s, but with nicely upgraded trim that seemed to strike the perfect balance between tasteful and edgy, and just nailed the look. And apparently the buying public agreed, because 58,147 1956 Ford Sunliners were sold, the all-time second-best year for Sunliners, behind only the 1957.

1956 Ford Sunliner SPECIFICATIONS





Track, front

Track, rear

Curb weight

Suspension, front

Suspension, rear

Brakes, front

Brakes, rear

Tire size

Fuel capacity

ENGINE SPECS                      

Engine type

Engine family


Bore & Stroke

Compression ratio

Fuel system

Ignition system

Horsepower output

Torque output

115.5″ / 2934 mm

198.5″ / 5042 mm

75.9″ / 1928 mm

61.0″ / 1549 mm

58.0″ / 1473 mm

56.0″ / 1422 mm

3770 lbs / 1710 kg

Independent, upper & lower A-arms w/kingpins, coil springs

Live axle, longitudinal leaf springs, tubular shocks

Drum, 11.0″ / 279 mm

Drum, 11.0″ / 279 mm


16.9 US gal / 64.0 L


OHV 90-degree V8

Ford Y-Block

312.1 ci (312) / 5115 cc

3.80″ X 3.44″ / 96.52 mm X 87.376 mm


1- Holley 4-barrel carburetor

6-volt points, distributor & coil

225 hp @ 4600 rpm

324 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm

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