The Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is a two-door full-size car
with a retractable hardtop that was produced by Ford Motor Company for the
model years 1957 to 1959. In 1959 the model name changed to Ford Galaxie
Skyliner very shortly after production of the 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 Continental, Lincoln, Mercury, or
Edsel branded vehicles during this time period. A total of 48,394 units were
The Ford Skyliner Retractable was only the second car in
history to be mass-produced produced with a retractable hardtop; the first to
reach four and five digit mass-production numbers, and the first series
produced coupé convertible to feature a roof composed of more than one segment.
Additionally, the trunk-lid also consisted of two pieces - one segment took the
place where other convertibles typically had a separate lid to cover the
soft-top stowage compartment. Both the folding roof and trunk-lid are power
operated through an exceptionally complex system. At the time of its
introduction, the Skyliner was the only true hardtop convertible in the world.
Part of the Ford Fairlane 500 range, the Skyliner had a
complex mechanism which folded the front of the roof and retracted it under the
rear decklid. No hydraulic mechanisms were used as in regular convertibles of
the era. The 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 (185.9 m) of wiring. The large top took up
vast amounts of trunk space, limiting the car’s sales (however, unlike what
most people believe , the mechanism had decent reliability).
Production totaled 20,766 units in 1957, declining to 14,713 in 1958 and to
12,915 in 1959. An electric clock was standard. Fuel consumption was around 14
(17 L/100 km; 17 mpg‑imp) overall. The fuel tank was placed vertically in
back of the rear seat, which inadvertently added safety in rear collisions.
Starting in 1958, Cruise-O-Matic was added, which provided a second “drive”
range (“D2”), allowing for an intermediate gear start.Copy and paste YouTube links. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4h7KjbLEV8https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOS9GWhqD1Mhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcmo91W447whttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eitGeKrpBg We help ship worldwide. More photos on request. Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC.www.cosmopolitanmotors.com6525 Kitsap Way Bremerton, WA 98312Tel: [hidden information] Fax: [hidden information]Sales@cosmopolitanmotors.com "We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian".Thanks for your interest. In fairness to all Bidders, reserves are held in confidence until after the end of the auction. We are more than happy to help make the appropriate shipping arrangements and help arrange financing. Buyer will be responsible for his own Licensing Requirements in state of residence. Washington State retail buyers will pay required 9.3% sales tax, title transfer, and registration fees. 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The Title of vehicle will be sent to buyer after all funds have cleared our bank and the original signed/dated Purchase and Sale documents have been received back from buyer.5.Our goal is to continue providing quality vehicles. It is important to keep in mind that the vehicles we list are pre-owned, and it is very difficult to describe every small mark on them. As a consequence there may be additional minor wear on the vehicle that is typical of the age, such as minor superficial hairline scratches, small nicks and minor abrasions that are not indicated in this description. These factors will not detract from the overall appearance and value of the vehicle. Minor items such as cigarette lighters, manuals and CD magazines may also be missing.6.To the best of our knowledge we have indicated any mechanical problems that are present in the description above. However, we are selling the vehicle "as is", without warranty other than any existing factory warranty that may still remain. Please inquire for details. Unless the vehicle has a remaining factory warranty, all sales are "AS-IS" with no warranty stated or implied.7.eBay may offer some type of warranty. If so, that warranty is separate and independent of Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC.8.Buyer pays all shipping charges. We ship locally and internationally and will be happy to assist you if you need help finding a shipping company. There are quite a number of vehicle shippers online. Feel free to contact any number of them to get the best rate and service.9.All bidders understand and agree to the following:i.We reserve the right to cancel this auction early.ii.We reserve the right to cancel bids from those with excessive negative feedback.iii.We shall not be held liable for any such cancellation.10. The State of Washington shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes. Venue shall be exclusively in King County. The final contract signed between both buyer and seller shall be binding. 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