The Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner (Retractable) is a mid twentieth century convertible vehicle with a retractable hardtop, delivered by Ford Motor Company in the United States for the model years 1957 to 1959. In 1959 the model name changed to Ford Galaxie Skyliner in all respects not long after generation of the 1959 models had begun. The retractable rooftop system – otherwise called “Stow Away Hardtop” – was one of a kind to Ford marked items, and was not offered on Continental, Lincoln, Mercury, or Edsel marked vehicles during this timeframe.
The Ford Skyliner Retractable was a two-entryway full-size vehicle, that was just the second vehicle in history to be arrangement created with a retractable hardtop; the first to achieve four and five digit large scale manufacturing numbers, and the main arrangement delivered roadster convertible to include a rooftop made out of more than one section. Moreover, the storage compartment top additionally comprised of two pieces — one portion had the spot where different convertibles commonly had a different top to cover the delicate top stowage compartment. Both the collapsing rooftop and trunk-top are power worked through a particularly unpredictable framework.
Some portion of the Ford Fairlane 500 territory, the Skyliner had a mind boggling instrument which collapsed the front of the rooftop and withdrew it under the back decklid. No water powered components were utilized as in normal convertibles of the time. The Skyliner top has seven reversible electric engines (six for 1959 models, four lift jacks, a progression of transfers, ten breaking point switches, ten solenoids, four locking systems for the rooftop and two locking components for the storage compartment lid,and an aggregate of 610 ft (185.9 m) of wiring.The enormous top took up tremendous measures of trunk space, constraining the vehicle’s deals (be that as it may, dissimilar to what a great many people believe, the instrument had good reliability).Production totaled 20,766 units in 1957, declining to 14,713 out of 1958 and to 12,915 in 1959.An electric clock was standard.Fuel utilization was around 14 mpg‑US (17 L/100 km; 17 mpg‑imp) overall.The fuel tank was put vertically toward the rear of the back seat, which coincidentally included security in back crashes.
The wheelbase of the Skyliner was 118 in (3,000 mm) and the general length was 210.8 in (5,350 mm).
During the 1959 model year the Galaxie arrangement was added to Ford’s full-estimate extend and the Skyliner model was consumed into that series.Although the 1959 Galaxie was assigned as a different series,Galaxies conveyed both “Fairlane 500” and “Galaxie” badging, on the back and sides respectively.It accompanied the standard 292CID 2-barrel 200 hp V8.
At the season of its presentation, the Skyliner was the main genuine hardtop convertible in the world.Today, it has turned into a collectible vehicle.
The structure pulled in more consideration than deals; the choice was costly, suspected to be inconsistent, and took up practically all the storage compartment space when withdrawn. It required the rooftop to be made shorter than different Fords, and the storage compartment to be bigger. This was on the grounds that the plan was initially to be a Continental coupe.Projected misfortunes of the retractable rooftop Continental brought about a choice to restyle the vehicle, from the base of the windows down, as an individual from the Fairlane 500 family since it could draw in more purchasers as a Ford with increasingly sensible retail cost contrasted with adding additional expenses to the effectively costly retail cost of a Lincoln Continental. The strong rooftop mainstay of the Skyliner is like the presence of second era Ford Thunderbirds of 1958-1960.