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Here is a real treat. This beautiful automobile is a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner, famous for its power retractable hardtop. This was the first year for this remarkable design which represents the first such mass-produced convertible. And while the impressive top mechanism is always the main discussion point with this model, there is a nice riding car to talk about as well.
This example wears an older repaint in attractive Starmist Blue with Colonial White. This San Jose built car is free of the rust issues that can plague cars in the snow belt. The underside looks great with a solid frame and floors. The chrome, moldings, and side trim have also been redone and are in nice condition throughout. And of course there is that impressive convertible top along with its associated collection of relays, solenoids, switches, pumps, and motors that put on such a mesmerizing display. This one works perfectly in one continuous operation. Be sure to watch the video!
This Skyliner is powered by a D-code 312ci 4-barrel engine rated at 245hp. The engine starts right up and runs smoothly throughout the rpm range. And with a curb weight of nearly 4,000 pounds, this well proportioned automobile puts all that power to good use! The transmission is a 2-speed Fordomatic while the rear end houses 3.56 gears. The car has been well maintained with the suspension, brakes, and power steering all in proper operating condition. It all makes for a terrific ride as you float down the road.
The attractive two-tone interior is a classic 50’s setup with a wraparound windshield, expansive dashboard, and large steering wheel with horn ring. There are matching bench seats front and rear that provide plenty of room. The speedometer, gauges, and indicators all work properly. Same with the lights, turn signals, horn, wipers, and heater/defroster. There is also an aftermarket radio with digital tuning. Note this car has never been fitted with seat belts.
The Skyliner was only produced for three years but it left a lasting impression on the automotive world. There just wasn’t anything like it. This turn-key example runs great, has an enjoyable ride, and is a real show stopper whenever you reach for that power top control. And as impressive as it is today, imagine how it looked 65 years ago.
- Power Steering
- AM/FM Stereo
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