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For Sale: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500
in Burbank, California

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Auctions America by RM
Auctions America by RM
Marriott Burbank Airport 2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
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To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at Auctions America's California event, July 31-2, 2014.Estimate:$ 35,000 - $ 45,000 In mid-model-year 1957, Ford introduced the first-ever mass-produced retractable hardtop convertible, the Fairlane 500 Skyliner. The brainchild of Ford engineer Gil Spears, this innovative design was originally intended for the 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II. However, the skyrocketing development costs of the Mark II prohibited the retractable hardtop's application, with the idea picked up by the Ford division instead. In 1957, Ford beat Chevrolet in sales for the first time in decades, by a substantial 10 percent margin at that. While only 20,766 Fairlane 500 Retractables were sold, compared with total Ford production numbering 1,655,068 vehicles, they certainly contributed to Ford's success by pushing the engineering and stylistic envelope further than competing marques. Most importantly, throughout its three-year production cycle, the Skyliner consistently drew large crowds into Ford showrooms, which came to witness this space age engineering marvel in action. A highly desirable 50s classic, many in the know consider this to be the best and most desirable year for the Ford Retractable. This beautiful example has been cosmetically restored and has received one repaint in two-tone Coral Sand and Colonial White. The brown interior and the carpets are also redone to original specifications and the chrome components have also been replated recently. The Fairlane 500 Skyliner is powered by a 292-cid, 190-hp V-8 engine and has an automatic transmission. The Ford also has power steering, AM radio and its power hardtop that retracts via 600 feet of wire, five motors, 10 solenoids, nine circuit breakers and 13 switches. Yet it retains a reputation for being very reliable. During factory tests in the development stages, the top was subjected to 10,000 up-and-down cycles without a single failure. As stated by Ford advertising of the period: It's literally two glamour cars in oneeach a masterpiece of craftsmanship and distinction!

LOT NUMBER: CA14_r0170
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