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Auction archive: Lot number 455

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Convertible Registration no. MFO 999 Chassis no. D7FW275613

Estimate
£0
Price realised:
£12,650
ca. US$21,947
Auction archive: Lot number 455

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Convertible Registration no. MFO 999 Chassis no. D7FW275613

Estimate
£0
Price realised:
£12,650
ca. US$21,947
Beschreibung:

The Ford Fairlane Skyliner can claim to be America’s first production convertible to feature a retractable hardtop. Introduced as Ford’s top-of-the-range model in 1955, the Fairlane was rival to Chevrolet’s successful Bel Air and came in six different body styles with a choice of six-cylinder or V8 engines. The range was re-styled for 1957, gaining new, lower bodies adorned with the latest styling fad – tail fins - and the Fairlane 500 introduced as the ultimate trim level. ’57 was also notable as the year of the Skyliner’s introduction. Considerably more expensive than the conventional Sunliner convertible, the Skyliner featured a hardtop that, at the touch of a button, automatically retracted back into the boot. For its last, 1959, year of production the Skyliner was both re-engineered and re-styled, becoming part of the new range-topping Galaxie line-up, though continuing to be badged as a Fairlane 500. This rare and historic example of Detroit’s engineering exuberance is finished in cream with green/cream vinyl interior - the latter preserved in excellent, apparently original condition. Restored (at date unknown) and presented in generally good condition, the vehicle starts and runs very well while the hood mechanism functions correctly. Left-hand drive and equipped with automatic transmission, the car is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document. A great rarity in the UK, the Skyliner rivals the classic early Thunderbird for the title of ‘most collectible Ford of the 1950s’.

Auction archive: Lot number 455
Auction:
Datum:
22 Nov 2005
Auction house:
Bonhams London
Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground Great Yorkshire Showground Yorkshire Event Centre Harrogate HG2 8PW Tel: +44 207 447 7447 Fax : +44 207 447 7401 info@bonhams.com
Beschreibung:

The Ford Fairlane Skyliner can claim to be America’s first production convertible to feature a retractable hardtop. Introduced as Ford’s top-of-the-range model in 1955, the Fairlane was rival to Chevrolet’s successful Bel Air and came in six different body styles with a choice of six-cylinder or V8 engines. The range was re-styled for 1957, gaining new, lower bodies adorned with the latest styling fad – tail fins - and the Fairlane 500 introduced as the ultimate trim level. ’57 was also notable as the year of the Skyliner’s introduction. Considerably more expensive than the conventional Sunliner convertible, the Skyliner featured a hardtop that, at the touch of a button, automatically retracted back into the boot. For its last, 1959, year of production the Skyliner was both re-engineered and re-styled, becoming part of the new range-topping Galaxie line-up, though continuing to be badged as a Fairlane 500. This rare and historic example of Detroit’s engineering exuberance is finished in cream with green/cream vinyl interior - the latter preserved in excellent, apparently original condition. Restored (at date unknown) and presented in generally good condition, the vehicle starts and runs very well while the hood mechanism functions correctly. Left-hand drive and equipped with automatic transmission, the car is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document. A great rarity in the UK, the Skyliner rivals the classic early Thunderbird for the title of ‘most collectible Ford of the 1950s’.

Auction archive: Lot number 455
Auction:
Datum:
22 Nov 2005
Auction house:
Bonhams London
Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground Great Yorkshire Showground Yorkshire Event Centre Harrogate HG2 8PW Tel: +44 207 447 7447 Fax : +44 207 447 7401 info@bonhams.com
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