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Rare factory air conditioning! This retractable has been ground up
restored. It has a tub, not a folder, but a tub of documentation-
restoration photos and receipts, literature, manuals and an
original inspection report found under the carpet.
EXTERIOR: The body was restored at a professional shop and they
were lucky to start with a very clean body. It's really straight,
all metal with no signs of rust or bubbling. The factory colors
were reapplied. The paint laid out very smooth and glossy. I just
walked around the whole car inspecting the paint and aside from
some minor nicks touched up it is show quality. The chrome and trim
is all bright and straight, some new, some really nice original.
Upfront the bumper, chrome trim, headlight bezels are redone. Grill
is excellent shape. Moldings down the sides are polished and
straight, door handles are new. Has optional stainless fender
skirts polished like a mirror. It also has dual deluxe mirrors with
Ford script, correct antenna and rocker moldings. In back the tail
light bezels are new, chrome trim, bumper, reverse light bezels are
rechromed. New optional exhaust deflectors. It even has 1959
license plate. The white walls are reproduction. The hubcaps are
new reproduction with the optional red-white-blue centers.
I saved the best part for last- the retractable hardtop. It was a
mechanical marvel in it's day. Very much a people pleaser today.
With the flip of 1 switch the trunk lid opens, secondary lid flips
out. Then the top unscrews from the windshield and folds in two as
it retracts into the trunk. The final phase is the trunk lid
lowering back down and screwing itself tight to the body. Aside
from being a really cool, unique feature it gives the benefits of a
convertible and a hardtop all in one!
INTERIOR: Inside the car has been completely restored. I have
pictures of it totally gutted. The interior was completely out
including the dash. In those pictures you can see how clean the
floors are, they have no rust. The seats and door panels have been
redone in the correct (expensive) materials. The seats are
tri-color and have silver tinsel through the fabric and silver
piping around the edges. The door panels are two tone and have the
embossed chrome foil inserts. The carpet was replaced, seat belts
were installed. The headliner and visors were replaced with the
correct type. The dash was completely removed from the car. It was
repainted, cleaned and all of its functions were gone through.
Right below the dash is something you don't see too often, the big
chrome factory air conditioning unit.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT: We have pictures showing the entire front end
of this car taken down to an empty shell. It was sandblasted to
bare metal then painted. The original 332 motor was completely
rebuilt. The original air cleaner and valve covers were repainted.
The air conditioning system was restored. All the components were
restored as needed. The wipers were upgraded to electric. Horns
were replaced, overflow bottle was installed on radiator etc.
TRUNK COMPARTMENT: The top/trunk compartment has been restored. All
solid metal, it's been repainted including bottom of trunk lid. It
has a complete replacement plaid liner kit.
UNDERSIDE: The floors are rock solid, frame is smooth and clean.
The entire front end steering and suspension was apart,
sandblasted, painted and rebuilt. Transmission is clean looking.
Fuel tank and dual exhaust were replaced.
In 1959 most homes didn't have a/c, very few cars did and it was
almost unheard of in a convertible. But if you think about it, this
convertible is a hardtop too. It's the ideal combination. This is a
great example of a fascinating car!
Exterior Color:Inca Gold
- Interior Color:Gold-Black-White
- Stock Number:V18210