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Auction archive: Lot number 157

1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Hardtop Convertible Registration no. TBC Chassis no. H9RW127491

Estimate
€28,000 - €35,000
ca. US$40,176 - US$50,220
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 157

1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Hardtop Convertible Registration no. TBC Chassis no. H9RW127491

Estimate
€28,000 - €35,000
ca. US$40,176 - US$50,220
Price realised:
n. a.
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. 1957 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 trunk. For its last year of production the 1959 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 two-tone blue and white with matching interior. The Skyliner was recently treated to a frame-up restoration and is presented today in striking order, having covered fewer than 2000 miles since. During the restoration, the mechanical systems of the car were freshened including a rebuild of the transmission and its 352ci V8 engine. A great rarity in any condition, and a striking example of 1950s Americana, the Skyliner rivals the early Thunderbird for the title of 'most collectible Ford of the 1950s'. Please note that the car has cleared EU customs and that a UK V5 registration has been granted but not yet issued. Cet exemple rare et historique de l’exubérance technique de Detroit est peint en deux tons, bleu et blanc, avec intérieur assorti. La Skyliner qui a bénéficié récemment d’une restauration depuis le châssis se présente actuellement dans un état exceptionnel après avoir parcouru moins de 3 200 km. Cette restauration a concerné la réfection de la mécanique dont une reconstruction de la transmission et du moteur V8 de 352 pc. Très rare dans cet état et parfaitement emblématique de l’Amérique des années 1950, la Skyliner rivalise avec les premières Thunderbird pour le titre de « Ford des années 1950 la plus collectionnable ». La voiture est dédouanée pour la Communauté Européenne et le document V5 de son immatriculation britannique a été obtenu, mais non encore émis.

Auction archive: Lot number 157
Auction:
Datum:
20 May 2011
Auction house:
Bonhams London
Monte Carlo
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. 1957 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 trunk. For its last year of production the 1959 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 two-tone blue and white with matching interior. The Skyliner was recently treated to a frame-up restoration and is presented today in striking order, having covered fewer than 2000 miles since. During the restoration, the mechanical systems of the car were freshened including a rebuild of the transmission and its 352ci V8 engine. A great rarity in any condition, and a striking example of 1950s Americana, the Skyliner rivals the early Thunderbird for the title of 'most collectible Ford of the 1950s'. Please note that the car has cleared EU customs and that a UK V5 registration has been granted but not yet issued. Cet exemple rare et historique de l’exubérance technique de Detroit est peint en deux tons, bleu et blanc, avec intérieur assorti. La Skyliner qui a bénéficié récemment d’une restauration depuis le châssis se présente actuellement dans un état exceptionnel après avoir parcouru moins de 3 200 km. Cette restauration a concerné la réfection de la mécanique dont une reconstruction de la transmission et du moteur V8 de 352 pc. Très rare dans cet état et parfaitement emblématique de l’Amérique des années 1950, la Skyliner rivalise avec les premières Thunderbird pour le titre de « Ford des années 1950 la plus collectionnable ». La voiture est dédouanée pour la Communauté Européenne et le document V5 de son immatriculation britannique a été obtenu, mais non encore émis.

Auction archive: Lot number 157
Auction:
Datum:
20 May 2011
Auction house:
Bonhams London
Monte Carlo
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