As we approached the 1950's there was a very noticeable shift in
vehicle design. Fenders were no longer obvious separations from the
main vehicle body and the "shoebox" look was now the focus. Ford
gave their cars a facelift in 1952 but they still had some
resemblance to the previous years. The Crestline nameplate was
introduced and was considered the top of the line in Fords range.
Throughout the Crestline run it had a few minor styling and trim
changes until they were replaced by the Fairlane in 1955. This 1954
is a beautifully frame off restored and customized car. Being a
convertible they were appropriately named the Crestline Sunliner.
The body is very solid and all rust free. It is painted in a very
nice Brilliant Red paint that was originally an Audi color. It
contrasts nicely with a power Tan canvas convertible top that has a
custom made tonneau cover to put in place when it's down. The front
and rear bumpers are nicely chromed and have a very nice shine with
no issues. The car has some very subtle customizations throughout
which all work together to create a great look. The side trim came
off a 50's Mercury and looks right at home. The doors originally
had right angles which have instead been rounded and the car has
also been nosed/decked to create a very slick clean exterior. All
of the lights are working correctly and in back 1953 Ford lights
have been added. The windshield mounting points were also modified
and extended further into the body to increase rigidity and
eliminate the cowl shake problem that often occurred in 50's
convertibles. The car sits on a very nice set of custom wheels from
a 2007 Mustang and is slightly lowered.
Pop the hood and you will find the Wheels aren't the only thing
"Mustang" about this beauty. Now propelling the car down the road
is a 1994 5.0L fuel injected motor. This makes the car an excellent
driver and very road worthy. The injection set up is all polished
out so in addition to running great it is definitely something you
are going to want to show off. It has zero heating issues and is
kept always running cool with an Aluminum radiator and electric
fans. The bracketing is all from Street & Performance and also
braided lines were used throughout. The 4 speed automatic overdrive
transmission is out of a Mustang and sends power back to the heavy
duty rear end which came out of a Ford Ranger. The suspension was
all rebuilt during the restoration and Fatman disc brakes added up
front as well as lowered spindles. They are power brakes and it
also has power steering and Vintage AC making it a very comfortable
car to cruise around in.
The custom interior was completely redone in a high grade Tan
leather which matches the top. It also has very nice square weave
carpeting and all of it is in excellent condition. The dash is
painted to match and combines a very nice combo of originality with
some modifications. The adjustable AC vents were inset into the
dash and additional gauges also added. The polished tilt column is
topped of with a great looking leather wrapped steering wheel. The
customizations on both the interior and exterior of the car were
done in such a way that it appears the car could have came that way
originally. Even subtle things like having the the top frame and
mechanical pieces painted Tan to blend in. The trunk is cleanly
finished out in matching leather and in great condition.
This is a very well built car and every component was
professionally done. You don't see many of these Fords built in
such a way and this one being a convertible Sunliner makes it
pretty desirable. It has been set up to both win trophies and get
you to the show with comfort and modern performance.
This high end custom convertible could be yours for $72,500.00!
1954 Ford Sunliner
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