The Ellwood Mesa in Goleta is an open space where The Restaurant Gal and I frequently go for walks. If you have explored this area you know it is a natural setting except for one thing: a rusty old car that fell into a ravine many decades ago. I contacted my friend Preston Marx III, who knows the history of just about every car ever made, and asked him to identify the lonely automobile. Here are the results of his analysis:
The basic ID was easy: it’s a 55-56 Ford. The harder part was to identify which year and which model. The main differences were only in chrome trim. This rusty car has none left but there is part of a tail light. Also, there is an ABSENCE of chrome molding holes on the front fenders.
So the answer is: 1956 Ford Customline Tudor Sedan.
The hardest part was telling a 55 from a 56. They have identical bodies, at least as rust buckets. The taillight on the 55 is more plain. From the picture you sent, this taillight has more of a star pattern – hence 56. The car appears to have two doors, and has no molding holes on the back or front fenders, which eliminates the Victoria, Fairlane and Skyliner models. It also has a “post” behind the door extending to the roof. This eliminates “hardtop convertibles” which were really just hardtops, not actual convertibles.