Classic Thunderbird
1955, 1956, & 1957
Data Plate Decoder

1955 & 1956 & Early 1957 Data Plate
P - Engine Code
6 - Model Year (1956)
F - Assembly Plant (Dearborn)
H - Body Style (Thunderbird)
221739 - Consecutive Unit Number

Production Totals
Original List Prices

40A - Body Type
K - Body Color
XB - Trim Color
13 - Day of the Month
B - Month
SD - Dealer Code
155 - Scheduled Item Number

Engine
YearCodecidCarb.Transmission HorsepowerComp Ratio
1955P
P
P
292
292
292
4V
4V
4V
3-speed
Fordomatic
Overdrive
193
198
198
8.5
8.5
8.5
1956M
P
P
P
292
312
312
312
4V
4V
4V
8V
3-speed
Overdrive
Fordomatic
3-sp or O/D
202
215
225
260
8.4
8.4
8.4
9.7
1957C
D
E
F
292
312
312
312
2V
4V
8V
4V
3-speed
Fdmtc or O/D
Any
Any
212
245
270
300 (spchrgd)
9.1
9.7
9.7
9.7

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Body and Trim Codes & Colors
YearBodyColorTrimColorConv. Top
1955 A
R
T
E
V
P
S
Raven Black
Torch Red
Thunderbird Blue
Snowshoe White
Goldenrod Yellow
Primer
Special Color
XA or A
XB or B
XC or C
XD or D
Black/White
Red/White
Turquoise/White
Black/Yellow
Black Canvas
(Sewn-in Window)
1956 A
E
J
K
L
P
Z
M
Y
Raven Black
Colonial White
Buckskin Tan
Fiesta Red
Peacock Blue
Thunderbird Grey
Thunderbird Green
Goldenglow Yellow
Sunset Coral
XA
XB
XC
XD
XF
XG
Black/White
Red/White
Peacock Blue/White
Tan/White
Green/White
Brown/White
Black Canvas
White Vinyl
(Tan Linings)
1957 A
C
E
F
G
J
V
N
Y
Z
Q
X
G
R
L
H
N
Raven Black
Dresden Blue
Colonial White
Starmist Blue
Cumberland Green
Willow Green
Flame Red
Gunmetal Gray
Inca Gold
Coral Sand
Thunderbird Bronze
Dusk rose
Sun Gold
Torch Red
Azure Blue
Gunmetal Gray
Seaspray Green
XA
XH
XJ
XK
XL
XM






(after 9/57)
(after 9/57)
(after 9/57)
(after 9/57)
(after 9/57)
Black/White
Red
Thunderbird Bronze
White
Med.Blue/Lt.Blue
Med.Green/Lt.Green
Black Canvas
White Vinyl
Blue Canvas
Tan Canvas
(Tan Linings)

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Month of Manufacture for All Years
1st Year2nd Year
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
M
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
N
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

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Dealer Code for All Years (Sales District Office)
CodeSales Office CodeSales Office CodeSales Office
11/SD
14/PI
22/CE
25/RP
32/CL
35/FX
42/RG
45/DQ
53/KS
61/DP
64/NR
72/SK
81/CA
82/EX
83
84/HO
85
89
Boston
Pittsburgh
Charlotte
Richmond
Cleveland
Lansing
Fargo
Danenport
Kansas City
Dallas
New Orleans
San Jose
Ford of Canada
FMC Export Ops NJ
Government
FMC Trans & Equip Dept
American Red Cross
Transportation Services
12/bf
15
23/DI
26/DC
33/DD
36/LX
43/KE
51/DN
54/NB
62/SU
65/KL
73/SC
Buffalo
Newark
Philadelphia
Washington DC
Detroit
Louisville
Rockford
Denver
Omaha
Houston
Oklahoma City
Sal Lake City
13/BX
21/NK
24/KJ
31/CI
34/NP
41/CX
44/SP
52/DS
55/SL
63/GB
71/LP
74/SE
New York
Atlanta
Jacksonville
Cincinnati
Indianapolis
Chicago
Twin Cities
Des Moines
St. Louis
Memphis
Los Angeles
Seattle

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Production Totals
YearTotalCumulative
1955
1956
1957
16,155
15,631
21,380


53,166

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Original List Prices - US Dollars
YearPrice
1955
1956
1957
3151
3408
3408

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