Needs work. Lotsa Work. 1956 Surfin’ Bird

Needs work. Lotsa Work. 1956 Surfin’ Bird

Surfin Bird front

Southern California must have been a wonderful place for car enthusiasts back in the Sixties. Customizers were everywhere, building all manner of unique vehicles. This ’56 Thunderbird was apparently transformed into a pointy-beaked Surfin’ Bird by Bill Cushenbery, and was given away in 1966 by a radio station.

That beak most certainly would not meet modern pedestrian-impact standards.

The work looks to be well done in steel, not fiberglass, so restoring this custom should be reasonably straightforward. The question, of course, is which engine should be fitted – Y-block, or Windsor?

Find it on eBay in Renton, Washington with reserve not yet met.


Surfin Bird engine Surfin Bird rear

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