Far be it from me to question someone’s motivation in the car hobby. After all, I’m the guy into tow trucks, tractors, and other junk of that ilk. That being said, when I see an ad for a “pro touring” 1956 Mercury that turns out to be a virtually stock 1995 Ford Thunderbird with modified 1956 Mercury sheet metal hung on it, it sends me for a loop. The most interesting thing about this car is the fact that it is titled in Texas as a 1956 Mercury! Good luck turning that trick in any of the other 49 states. The fact that the guy cites, “4 wheel independent” suspension as a selling point is both ballsy and hilarious….because EVERY 1995 T-Bird had four wheel independent suspension! The guy even throws in, “drives like a factory build car” to sweeten the deal. Really? Really?!
In case you were wondering, the seller is quick to point out that this is not a kit car, but an all steel bodied machine. We have seen too many of the horrifying ’49 Ford body kits on these Thunderbirds but never someone who hacked up one of the best looking Mercury models ever to slice and dice the pieces onto a T-Bird. At least he could have done it to one with a push rod 302 in it.
[box_dark]Hey, this is what we call a tangent in the business. When I was about 10 years old, we went on a family vacation to the Arizona, Nevada, and Utah area with another family. We drove all over the place in one of these Thunderbirds, the only difference being that ours was earlier and had a 302 in it. At one point, my mom and sister fell asleep and dad let ‘er rip somewhere in the painted desert. We were rolling at about 120mph for a half hour before mom came to. Fun time ended then. Rental car abuse is bred into me. Not my fault. Genetics.[/box_dark]
About the “Pro Touring” portion of this car. There isn’t one. Pure unadulterated bullshit. This is a stock 1995 Thunderbird.
If you haven’t guessed, we’re not interested in buying it, so you can if you want. Oh, and if you do want to buy this, leave BangShift and never come back again. Good day!