The 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner is a car of legend. It was the first year for Ford's daring short run of retractable hardtop convertibles, and so to present this rare and significant car with the big V8 and coordinating color combo should make you just as excited as we are.
Even without its attention-grabbing roof, this coupe/convertible is an attractive classic. It starts with a great color-coordinated package. The black and white two-tone is a timeless color combo. And it only gets better with the distinctive sweeping side trim used as the dividing line. In fact, take a moment to appreciate all the brightwork. The wraparound bumpers, wide grille, rocker trim, badging, and windshield surrounds are all part of this very complete car. The coordination even goes down to the wheels. Sure, we all love whitewalls and intricate factory wheel covers, but take a closer look. The hint of gold steel wheel you see is a match for the gold insert in the side trim – pretty cool, right? Of course, the power retractable hard top roof is the real reason why this is such a valuable classic. It was the engineering sensation of its time, as multiple motors make it look like the trunk is swallowing the roof whole.
Having the roof stowed not only is a cool process, but it also gives everyone a look at the amazing interior. The black and white return, giving you the kind of color coordination that will make you want to show off this convertible everywhere. This is a period-correct color package for this car, and you can tell that they made some investments over the decades to make sure the whole Skyliner feels correct. That's why you'll love the details like the texture of the seats, the Ford family crest in the middle of the intricate steering wheel, and the full dash with AM radio still on display.
Underneath the sporty forward-tilt hood is the correct D-code 312 cubic-inch V8. Not only is this believed to be the original motor, but also it has a fresh appearance that takes it back to the day it left the Louisville factory in '57. After all, the bright red block, big air topper, correct washer bag, and Thunderbird Special valve covers are a marvel to see. But there are also upgrades like the Optima red top battery and newer dual exhaust that keep this classic running strong. Topped with a four-barrel carburetor, it delivers smooth performance and plenty of torque to move this classic without working very hard. Plus, power steering, an automatic transmission, and the right maintenance/investments in the suspension all come together for a great classic cruising package.
Complete with title documentation and owner manuals (including one for the important retractable hardtop) this is a rare treat that few get to experience. So if you want both a vintage coupe and a vintage convertible, just be the first to grab this Skyliner. Call now!