Ford Skyliner retractable with custom bodywork and badging -- One Of A Kind!

1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner

Technical specifications of Ford Fairlane 1957

Price: -
Condition: Used
Item location: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Make: Ford
Model: Fairlane
SubModel: Skyliner
Type: Convertible
Trim: Fairlane 500
Year: 1957
Mileage: 91,000
VIN: D7FW267909
Color: White and Red Two-Tone
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: Rear-wheel drive
Interior color: White and Red
Options: Convertible
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

This is a custom-built Ford retractable convertible that I purchased in the summer of 2010 after selling my pristine 1959 Cadillac and have enjoyed it ever since. A brief rundown of what I have done over the years to ensure drivability (and provide any future owner with a Turn-Key ownership experience) is as follows:

New Edelbrock performance carburetor (new rebuild kit last September)

Electric fuel pump (original fuel pump is still in place to operate vacuum windshield wipers)

Pertronix electronic ignition with Flame Thrower Coil

New custom-made Diamondback radial tires (have about three thousand miles on them)

Installed power brakes (kit used a 1971-1973 Corvette booster and dual-circuit master cylinder. Car stops better than my Mercedes now)

New heater and radiator hoses

New heater core

Radiator boiled and flushed; thermostat replaced

Generator rebuilt and new voltage regulator (replaced last September)

Deluxe full wheel covers with optional chrome spinners and body-color insert

Complete front-end rebuild (also replaced front and rear shocks)

NOS exhaust manifold and gasket on driver's side (the originals are known to crack)

NOS full steel roof, ecember 2012

New weather stripping for roof, ncluding rear windshield

New rear leaf springs to replace original ones. Car sits at proper level now, ven with roof retracted inside the trunk area

New wheel cylinders

New rear universal joint

New neutral safety switch

Several of the limit switches for the retractable roof have been rebuilt also for smoother operation

New battery in May of 2013

Steering box rebuilt with new seals and gears

The paint on the car is about 20 years old and appears to be enamel. It has held up well but there are some small chips that I have filled in, ue to the amount of seasonal driving I have used this car for. A good "10-Footer" that still shines up nicely. The vinyl interior is original for the 1958 Edsel Pacer convertibles and has held up very well also.

Two years ago I noticed that the roof was beginning to sag whenever I would retract it into the trunk area, o I had a specialist take a look and he determined that one of the anchor points in the C pillar was rusted through. A New Old Stock full steel roof was located in Los Angeles and shipped to Rhode Island, here it was installed and painted to match the red sections of the two-toned body, o it is as strong now as it was when it left the factory over 50 years ago. Wiring and solenoids for roof operations have also been replaced as needed for trouble-free summer open-air driving!

I believe that is all – since I've owned the car I have used premium fuel, s prescribed by the original owner's manual. The engine is a Ford 312 (Thunderbird Special) rated at 245 horsepower, ut the new electronic ignition and carburetor have probably bumped it up another ten or 15 hp. Fastest car I have ever owned and cruising speed is between 75 and 80 on the freeway, o no problem keeping up with traffic. The transmission is still a Fordomatic two-speed (starts off in second gear unless accelerator pedal is pushed all the way to the floor from a dead stop, hich engages 1st gear or the driver can pull the gear shift all the way into Low). Car is started in Neutral as designed.

Massachusetts title and registration are both clear and current.

I will accept Cash, ashier's Check or Instant Wire Transfer. Once funds are confirmed I will sign over the title and registration and send via FedEx (confirmation and tracking number will be emailed directly to you immediately). Car is also for sale locally in the Boston area. Reserve price has been set below the average auction selling price for these retractables, o bid often and bid early!

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