1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner

The design of the '59 Ford resulted in them receiving the Gold medal of the Comité Français des L'élegance of Paris.  You can see why when you look at this 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Retractable Hardtop. Added to that style is the fascinating top mechanism that still draws a crowd today, producing  a very desirable car.

It was certainly Ford's peak year for chrome on the front. The grille used four rows of floating stars - not too dissimilar to the 1958 and 1959 Buicks.

Presented here in Indian Turquoise with Colonial White you have a car that represents the closing of the 1950s perfectly.

1959 Ford Retractable in operation

Complex top mechanism in operation

The retractable top was a very complex affair, with multiple motors, relays, circuit breakers, limit switches and over 600 feet of wiring!

Luxury Lounge Interior Radiant Turquoise Sof-Textured Vinyl Bolster and Turquoise Striped Nub Fabric with Silver Strand. 100% Rayon floor carpeting.

1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Interior

Fabulous fifties interior

When the 1959 model year started towards the end of 1958 the Fairlane 500 was still top-of-the-line. Part way into the model year Ford introduced the Galaxie range taking that crown from the Fairlane 500. This resulted in the Skyliner and the Sunliner Convertible being transferred into the Galaxie line-up. To confuse matters somewhat, Galaxie cars also carried Fairlane 500 badges even though they were considered a separate series.

To separate the Galaxie it used the C-pillar from the Thunderbird rather than the thin pillar and wraparound rear window the other models have. What resulted was a very stylish looking car.

1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner top down

Top down motoring

The great lines continue to the back of the car. Ford didn't go as far out as many of there rivals and fins were kept to a minimum. Note the backup lights housed in the tip of the fin.

1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Converible rear

rear view

This car came with Thunderbird power - a 332 cubic inch V8 - 2 barrel Carb. 225hp with Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission.

1959 Ford 332 V8

332 V8

The Skyliner is 208" long with a wheelbase of 118" and 76.8" wide.

1959 saw Ford reach a great milestone. They produced their 50 millionth vehicle. However, it was to be the last year for the Skyliner. Fears from the public that the complex top mechanism would be unreliable, poor trunk space when the top was down, not to mention the extra cost to buy one, contributed to its demise.

SOME AVAILABLE FORD OPTIONS FOR 1959 FITTED TO THIS CAR

Option

Price

Magic Air heater and defroster

$75

Magic Circle power steering

$75

Power brakes

$43

AM Radio

$59

Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission

$231

Two-tone paint

$26

Ford made 12,915 Galaxie Skyliner cars - the lowest in the Skyliner's 3 year run. The base price would have been $3,346. This car was originally assembled in Dearborn, MI on March 16, 1959.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

Ford of the Fifties

Fords of the Fifties by Michael Parris

In the decade of fins and Chrome Ford made some beautiful cars. Navigate through the story of this glorious decade while checking out some stunning photographs.

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