On February 24th of 1956, the Ford Motor Company became a publically owned company and they immediately gained around 350,000additional stockholders.
The 1956 Mainline was similar to the prior year's body with an updated grille and trim, but with an all-new interior. Safety was improved with a padded dash, sun visor and a newly-shaped steering wheel. These updates were designed to lessen injuries in the event of an accident. The biggest safety improvements were the seat belts which were offered for the first time.
The Ford was available in three trims consisting of the base Mainline, the intermediate-level Customline and the top-of-the-line Fairlane. All models were fitted with six-cylinder engines as standard with several optional V-8s.
For 1956, Motor Trend named the entire Ford line its 'Car of the Year.'
This Mainline was purchased new on May 18th of 1956 from Tucker Motor Company of Tuscaloosa, Alabama by Mr. Ocie Dison of McCalls, Alabama. The car has been in Mr. Ensor's collection since February 4th of 1971. This all-original car was found in a barn in Alabama.
Under the hood is a 'Mileage Maker' six-cylinder engine that displaces 233 cubic-inches and produces 137 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $20,000 - $30,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $20,900 including buyer's premium.