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1957 Ford Fairlane

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Classic Car Overview

Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner (Retractable) is a two-door American made full-size car with a retractable hardtop produced by Ford in the United States for only the model years 1957, 1958 and 1959. In 1959 the model name changed to Ford Galaxie Skyliner very shortly after the production of 1959 models had started. The retractable roof mechanism - also known as "Hide-Away Hardtop" was unique to Ford branded products, and was not offered on any other ford vehicles during this time period.

The Ford Skyliner Retractable was only the second car in history to be series produced with a retractable hardtop; the first to reach four and five digit production numbers, and the first series produced to feature a roof composed of more than one segment and motors to lift the entire top and trunk.  Part of the Ford Fairlane 500, the Skyliner had a complex mechanism which folded the front roof and retracted it under the rear deck-lid. No hydraulic mechanisms were used as in regular convertibles of this era. The 1957 Skyliner top has seven reversible electric motors (only six for 1959 models), four lift jacks, a series of relays, ten limit switches, ten solenoids, four locking mechanisms for the roof and two locking mechanisms for the trunk lid and a total of 610 ft of wiring.  During the 1959 model year the Galaxie series was added to Ford’s full-size range and the Skyliner model was absorbed into that series.  Although the 1959 Galaxie was designated as a separate series, all Galaxies carried both “Fairlane 500” and “Galaxie” badging, on the rear and sides and came with the standard 292CID 2-barrel 200 hp V8.  Two manual transmissions, a three-speed and three-speed with overdrive were available, as well as three-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. Starting in 1958, the Cruise-O-Matic was added, which provided a second "drive" range marked as a "D2".

When this car was first introduction, the Skyliner was the only true hardtop convertible in the world.  This car has been shown at the International Ford Retractable Club.  A true collector's edition.  The Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner shown above is a 1957 Two-Tone Red and White and has been a part of the owner's collectible car collection since 01/31/1979. VIN-D7UW188180. Pickup of vehicle is in Stanly County, North Carolina and is left up to the Buyer.  If you wish to make a BEST Offer, please email me.  

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Condition
    In storage and needs battery and tires. No rust.
  • Mileage
    96,735 miles
  • Engine
    8 Cylinder
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color
    Red and White

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