For the 1957 mannequin yr, Ford not solely re-engineered its Fairlane and Fairlane 500 fashions however supplied the top-of-the-line Fairlane 500 with a retractable hardtop that turned the coupe right into a convertible.
The Pick of the Day is a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible being supplied on ClassicCars.com by a non-public vendor who notes that this instance was produced earlier than the identify “Skyliner” was adopted by the automaker.
“I have owned this car for about 40 years and still drive it on occasion,” the vendor reviews, including that this automotive “is one of the very few I have seen with both a continental kit and cruiser skirts. It is a real head turner with the wire wheels also added.”
The authentic inventory wheels are included within the sale of the Fairlane, the vendor provides.
Although others had experimented with retractable hardtops on idea vehicles, solely Lancia, in 1934, had put such a roof system into manufacturing earlier than Ford. In Lancia’s case, the mechanical marvels have been put in by coachbuilder Marcel Pourtout.
Retractable hardtops have develop into nearly commonplace, however in 1957 Ford’s Skyliner was large automotive information. The system concerned seven electrical motors, 4 jacks, a bunch of switches and solenoids and locking methods, and weighed greater than 600 kilos.
More than 20,000 folks purchased Skyliners through the 1957 mannequin yr, however that determine declined to solely 12,900 by 1959 and Ford discontinued the choice.
The Pick of the Day exhibits practically 85,500 miles on its odometer, and the vendor says that determine is correct however may enhance by the point the automotive is offered because it nonetheless is pushed every now and then.
The automotive’s 312cid V8 engine (aka E-code Thunderbird Special) was rated at 270 horsepower in 1957 and on this automotive is related to an automated transmission. The vendor says the engine has been “upgraded to use unleaded fuel.”
The vendor provides that the automotive “looks and drives fine” and, “yes, the top operates just fine.”