The 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable
convertible coupe. See more pictures of Ford cars.
Stylists of the vehicle did the best they could to provide enough room for that big roof to slide back into the trunk area. But even though the roof was shorter than on other models and its front section hinged for more compact storage, the Skyliner still ended up with a higher, longer rear deck and bulgier "bustle" rear panel.
It also differed from other Fords in having a standard V-8, a relocated gas tank (behind the back seat instead of under the trunk floor), and little luggage space with the top down. The 500 Skyliner was heavily restyled and re-engineered for 1959, and officially part of that year's new top-line Galaxie series, though it continued to wear Fairlane 500 script.
In the end, the 1957-1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner is an interesting car and a reminder of that age when Detroit thought it could do anything.
Pluses of the 1957-1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner:
- A crowd-pleaser
- Good appreciation potential
- Less troublesome than most people think
- Milestone car status
- Technical fascination
Minuses of the 1957-1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner:
- Clumsy rear styling
- Mechanical/electrical gremlins
- Shares a great deal with ordinary Fords
Production of the 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner:
Production of the 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner:
Production of the 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner:
Specifications of the 1957-1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner:
Wheelbase, inches: 118.0
Length, inches: 210.8/208.1 (1957-1958/1959)
Weight, pounds: 3,916/4,069/4,064 (1957-1959)
Price, new: $2,942/$3,163/$3,346 (U.S.)
Engines for the 1957-1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
| ohv V-8||272 cid ||190||1957|
|ohv V-8||292 cid||200/205/212||1957-1959|
|ohv V-8||312 cid||245||1957|
|ohv V-8||332 cid||225/240/265||1958-1959|
|ohv V-8||352 cid||300||1958-1959|
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