This 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner represents one of the most
daring times in Ford history where the engineers got to make
something amazing, and the designers got to wrap it in something
beautiful. This car is less than a dozen miles from its frame-off
restoration, and so as you look at all the pictures and info, you
can tell it's truly amongst the best of the best.
Even without its attention-grabbing roof, this coupe/convertible is
an attractive classic. It starts with a stunning two-tone blue
paint. The advantage of a modern professional application with a
deep clearcoat is that you get a shine that rivals chrome. That's
important on a '50s classic like this because there's a ton of
brightwork, too. It looks particularly nice on this Skyliner
because the main pieces, including the bumpers, bezels, and trim
moldings all received proper attention and investment during the
restoration. So what you're left with is an amazing luster that has
a uniform gloss across both the chrome and paint... so you know
this one is ready to take home some awards! It all ends in a
tailfin rear end that looks inspired by the original Thunderbird,
and there's a continental kit for that extra-long touch of class.
Of course the retractable hard top roof is the real reason why this
is such a valuable classic. It was the engineering sensation of its
time, as multiple motors make it look like the trunk is swallowing
the roof whole.
Having the roof stowed not only is a cool process, but it also
gives everyone a look at the amazing interior. The sea of blue
returns, and it's joined by pristine white accents. So you might
have only thought the whitewall tires were a nice period-correct
piece, but now you know they also help bring together the full
interior/exterior colors! With such a thoughtfully well-coordinated
package the interior should be worthy of awards all on its own. And
because the restored upholstery is protected by plastic, this sharp
look will remain for many more years. The door panels, carpeting,
headliner, and dash also all have the unmistakable feeling of a
thoughtful care. When you slip behind the factory wheel and stare
at the horizon-like speedometer, you get a sensation that lets you
know this is truly superior classic motoring.
Underneath the sporty forward-tilt hood is a time capsule of an
engine bay. The correct D-code 312 cubic-inch V8 looks fresh from
the factory. They even did reproduction assembly line marking on
the glossy inner walls. In fact, this is an era-correct block with
a Holley four-barrel carburetor on top. So that's just another
thoughtful set of details that this fresh build loves to deliver.
The big V8 has plenty of torque to makes sure you confidently pull
away from every stoplight. Plus, the two-speed automatic
transmission, power steering, and the Fairlane's legendary soft
suspension all come together for a great classic cruising
This is the kind of restoration that will have you showing off
every inch of the car (have you seen the ultra-clean undercharge
photos yet?) So if you were looking for a rare classic that looks
like it has been sealed away in a time capsule for 60+ years, then
you need to get your hands on this freshly done Skyliner. Call
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