A 1956 Ford Thunderbird is a fantastic vintage car, but this one is particularly special. It once belonged to silver screen icon Marilyn Monroe and now it’s going up for auction.
This 1956 Ford Thunderbird reportedly carried Monroe and playwright Arthur Miller to their wedding on June 28,1956. Monroe bought the car in 1955 and drove it up until 1962.
It was purchased on December 20, 1955 in Westport, Connecticut using the name of Monroe’s production company. It may have been a Christmas present from her business partner, Milton Greene, rather than something Monroe purchased for herself.
This Raven Black two-seater has a white and black leather interior, canvas convertible top, and detachable hardtop. It’s the first time the car has come up for auction and it’s expected to go for somewhere between $300,000 and $500,000. This is a fantastic piece of movie memorabilia, but it’s not for those without hefty bank accounts.
It’s also in beautiful condition and benefited from a frame-off restoration at the hands of Prestige Thunderbird in Santa Fe Springs, California. The engine has also been rebuilt and the odometer reads just 30,399 miles.
Since a large part of this car’s appeal is that fact that Marilyn Monroe once sat behind the wheel, care was taken to retain as much as possible from the interior. Most of the original surfaces are still there.
In case you’re wondering about authenticity, the current owner reportedly has documents proving it once belonged to Monroe. This includes official papers from the State of Connecticut and a letter to Monroe from her insurance company.
The papers come from John Strasberg, the son of director and Monroe’s acting coach Lee Strasberg, who was gifted the car from Monroe as an 18th birthday present. The transfer took place shortly before Monroe’s untimely death on August 5, 1962.
This one-of-a-kind Thunderbird has a V8 that produced 225 horsepower with a 3-speed automatic transmission with a top speed of 113 mph. That was powerful stuff back in the 1950s. It also has power steering, brakes, windows and seats with a special Continental kit that added the spare tire on the rear bumper.
You’ll get your chance to own Marilyn Monroe’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird when it goes up for auction on November 17 at Julien Auctions in Los Angeles, California.