This car is going to take a lot of work, but the payoff will be worth it.
It's never fun to see a classic car wasting away from years of neglect, but it's even worse when one of these cars turns out to be an extremely rare model. That's the case with this 1955 Ford Fairlane Skyliner barn find, which was one of only 1,999 ever built, and this one being sold by Classic Auto Mall is definitely a project car in need of a much-deserving restoration.
What made the Skyliner so special is its acrylic roof panel above the front passengers. This model was a complement to the Fairlane hardtop and the Fairlane Sunliner convertible. Although its current color is dominated by faded blue paint and plenty of patina, this Ford Fairlane was originally painted in Tropical Rose and white. Not only is this evident by the small swathes of faded pink on the outside, but the equally rough interior clearly shows remnants of the original white and magenta cabin colors. There is plenty of rust and missing pieces, but for the most part, the basic bones are all there.
The drivetrain is complete starting with Ford's 272 cubic-inch Y-block V8 under the hood, and while the listing says that this car has its original transmission, it doesn't give specifics about which gearbox it is. There's no denying the fact that this will require an extensive restoration just to get running and driveable again, but with limited numbers and a cool classic design, the work will definitely be worth it for this 1955 Ford Fairlane Skyliner.
If you're looking to start a new project, this Fairlane Skyliner is a great option. Yes, it's in poor condition with rust and patina from top to bottom, but it also has a lot of potential to become a fully restored classic cruiser. It's part of Classic Auto Mall's Barn Find Corral where it's listed at $13,500, but you can also click HERE to make an offer.