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 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 two-tone Colonial White over Indian Turquoise, you have a car that captures the closing of the 1950s perfectly.
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 with color-keyed Tri-tones with Sof-Textured Vinyl Bolster and Striped Nub Fabric with Silver Strand. 100% Rayon floor carpeting.
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 on the trunk in addition to the Galaxie script on the rear fender, even though they were considered a separate series. This particular Skyliner is pre-Galaxie and only carries Fairlane 500 badges.
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.
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.
This car came with Thunderbird power - a 332 cubic inch V8 - 2 barrel Carburetor producing 225 hp with Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission.
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 (luggage space was limited to inside the center container), not to mention the extra cost to buy one, contributed to its demise.
SOME AVAILABLE FORD OPTIONS FOR 1959
Magic Air heater and defroster
Magic Circle power steering
Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission
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 '59 Skyliner is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)