Updated in 1960, the Galaxie now featured completely new body lines, the same body design as the 1960 Fairlane. Another available option was the Police Interceptor tune, which had 401 bhp, while the base form model had a 300 bhp V8. The Crestline was replaced by the in the range. The 1957 lineup was a watershed for Ford. A two-door station wagon also joined the Crestline lineup this year.
Yellow with white top and interior was black and white if I recall correctly I was 7years old. It retained its position as the top trim level in the Ford range while body styles and engine availability also remained unchanged. The company had been developing a hardtop convertible for the Lincoln Continental lineup, but just before the project could be completed, the beancounters pulled the plug. It looks great with the top down, but rather dumpy with it up. Not willing to let the technology go to waste, Ford kept it for its range-topping model, and the response was enormous. At the time of its introduction, the Skyliner was the only true hardtop convertible in the world.
The Ford Skyliner Retractable was a two-door , that was only the second car in history to be series produced with a retractable hardtop; the first to reach four and five digit mass-production numbers, and the first series produced to feature a roof composed of more than one segment. The design attracted more attention than sales; the option was expensive, suspected to be unreliable, and took up almost all the trunk space when retracted. The interior of the car is complete in a Maroon color which contrasts perfectly with the lighter exterior. The ever-changing world of motor design was moving quickly during the early 1960's, and the Ford Sunliner only debuted a year before getting a total redesign and update. Weighing a total of 3,792 lbs, the Sunliner utilized a 3-speed auto transmission with a displacement rate of 390 ci 6,930 cc. It retained its position as the top trim level in the Ford range while body styles and engine availability also remained unchanged. An incredible amount of stainless steel and chrome body trim, these vehicles also had exquisite three tone cloth pattern interior trim.
That said, I am not a big fan of the retractable hardtop. Two giant circular taillights were placed at each rear corner replacing the tailfins. The 1972 models utilized more steel than previous models, and continued to offer quiet, effective, strong safety. Updated in 1960, the Galaxie now featured completely new body lines, the same body design as the 1960 Fairlane. However, I am scrupulous about oil changes and routine maintenance.
The car you see here is a nice 53 and this is a very special year in Ford history. The V-8 now generated 130 hp, and a 115-hp six-cylinder engine became the new standard motor. Ran pretty darn good, and smooth on the highway. It was not a frame off restoration but that is not because it was too much work. If this is the model you are after but want to be able to hop in and drive anywhere look no further! It required the roof to be made shorter than the other Fords, and the trunk to be larger. To accomplish this balletic feat took no less than six motors, four lift jacks, a host of electrical relays, 10 solenoids, four power lock mechanisms, and over 600 feet of wiring.
Power steering became a welcome option this model year. The fact that this Skyliner has an engine with just 5,00 miles has made this vehicle stand out amongst the great cars of its kind and leaving many more years of life left in this great classic Ford. Vehicles in the market were growing larger and luxury was an important feature, and Ford's Galaxie line was no exception. A concave grille and a single side crease were updated on the Sunliner, which eventually morphed into horizontal fins at the rear of the vehicle. The exterior ornamentation and interior trim offerings were the main differences between these models. Able to achieve a top speed of 122 mph, the Ford Galaxie Sunliner could reach 0-60 mph in 9. The 1963 model showcased a smooth cloth and vinyl interior trim package and an attractive full length upper and lower body side molding.
Astonishingly, the mechanism proved to be fairly robust and reliable. The 1972 models utilized more steel than previous models, and continued to offer quiet, effective, strong safety. It is also relatively easy to maintain assuming rust and rot are at a minimum. Later in life he bought a 1961 Cadillac Limo. The Galaxie range consisted of 6 models during its introductory year, the Galaxie Club Sedan, Galaxie Town Victoria, Sunliner Convertible, Skyliner Retractable, Town Sedan and Club Sedan. The Skyliner top has seven reversible electric motors only six for 1959 models , four lift jacks, a series of relays, ten limit switches, ten solenoids, four locking mechanisms for the roof and two locking mechanisms for the trunk lid, and a total of 610 ft 185. The chassis was thoroughly inspected and the decision was made that it was just too solid and nice to pull the body.
The Ford Skyliner Retractable was a two-door , that was only the second car in history to be series produced with a retractable hardtop; the first to reach four and five digit mass-production numbers, and the first series produced to feature a roof composed of more than one segment. Even more luxurious than before, the new Galaxies were offered in a range of 14 models that included wagons, convertibles, sedans and hardtops. No hydraulic mechanisms were used as in regular convertibles of the era. The Galaxie was available in 13 Diamond Lustre Finish paint colors. Today, it has become a collectible car. Re:McNamara-Being a Whiz Kid was like being an actor-you get typecast for certain kinds of roles. Bucket seats were added to both the Sunliner convertible and hardtop coupe in the 1962 model year.
The fuel tank was placed vertically in back of the rear seat, which inadvertently added safety in rear collisions. A range of 16 models were available to choose from that featured new trim moldings, grill, interior trim styling, and rear panel design. The 1954 model year was the last of this generation, as a major redesign was scheduled for 1955. Vehicles in the market were growing larger and luxury was an important feature, and Ford's Galaxie line was no exception. This 1954 looks incredible, gleaming in the sun with the cream paint which is offset by the glass roof and the brilliant chrome trim. That commemorative steering wheel sits nicely in front of the driver and is matches the upholstery color. The Crestline came standard with a V-8 motor.
Things started to take a turn in 1958. Lots of fiberglass back then. Collectors typically seek out the convertible models, though the Skyliner is an interesting model in its own right. A classic from the moment it was rolled off the showroom floor, the 1963 Galaxie carried distinctive lines and styling that made it the legend it is today. The 239-cid L-head engine used a two-barrel carburetor like the 1951 Crestliner, though a higher compression ratio moved power up to 110 hp.