1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
In 1959, the US and USSR were the two big players in the space
market. Each tried to outdo the other by sending bigger and better
things to space - like dogs and chimps. Everyone was gearing up to
be the first man on the moon, and the space race was on. So, the
Ford Galaxie utilized these sentiments and turned the eventual need
for space, (not speed at the time), into a nameplate with rather
patriotic fervor. Of course, till Neil Armstrong finally happened,
USSR was winning hands down in the Space Race, despite not having a
Ford Galaxie. In 1969, with Apollo 11, the US upped the game for
For consignment, a Galaxie whose claim to fame is that Skyliner was
given a complicated mechanism that enabled it to fold down the
front portion of its roof and retract it under the rear trunk lid.
No hydraulics were used like the regular convertibles of that time.
It had seven reversible electric motors, four jack lifts, a series
of relays, ten limit switches, ten solenoids, four locking
mechanisms for its roof, and two for the rear trunk lid. The car's
fuel tank was placed vertically in back of its rear seat, giving
the car added safety in the event of a rear-end collision. And it
all works! This frame off restoration with a new interior can put
on a 1 car show for you, as you'll be mesmerized with the top up
The quintessential 1950's look, Indian Turquoise and Colonial White
two tone steel slab sider presents in near showroom condition on
the paint checklist with just a few obligatory for this age car
faults shown in the photos. Gaps are beautifully minded, and all is
straight steel. Not unlike Elvis with his swiveling hips, and
snarling lips this car has the iconic swoop spear trim molding on
either side with a snazzy ribbed metal insert and it swings with
the 50's design and definitely attracts attention (you hound dog!).
All this and chrome around the windows and lower B pillars, bumpers
and badging is in very good condition. Dual mirrors are mounted on
the fenders, while stylish are difficult to get set exactly right.
The hardtop is a thrill to watch, and really was a feat of
engineering which had been tried on an earlier Peugeot concept car,
and a few other concept cars, but was never really put into
production until Ford pulled out all the stops for this model. We
give you the retractable hardtop. On to the back, looking much like
the rest of the Ford lineup with 45 degree angled outward fins, and
the round jet engine taillights. A shout out to the chrome turbine
style, jet age, polished hubcaps which are wrapped in wide whites.
And lest I forget the rear wheel well trim that helps give the low
and slow look and accentuate the large long rear quarters (that top
has to have somewhere to go!). A round chromed rear end
In full vinyl and cloth jackets the dual benches in the passenger
area are wrapped in gray and turquoise cloth inserts with smooth
turquoise vinyl bolsters. These are like new, recently covered
during the restoration so they present very well. All the
essentials are restored and looking just like when this car rolled
out of the showroom. A darker shade of turquoise bathes the steel
dash which is fitted with the correct instrument cluster with white
bakelite trimmed knobs and pulls below. Within a sweeping chrome
band resides the heater slides, the factory AM radio, and
obligatory clock. This car has not been equipped with the padded
dash option. The original steering wheel protrudes from the dash
and is white and turquoise plastic with a 2/3 circular horn ring.
Like new turquoise carpet floods the floors, and the white
headliner remains tight even though it had its fair share of ups
and downs (tongue in cheek). Finishing our tour back in time are 2
tone turquoise door panels in vinyl that are highlighted with a
bright trimming down low and a swooping textured insert in the
center. It doesn't get much more late 1950's than this!
A wonderfully restored blue valve covered 352ci V8 engine sits
within a restored engine bay and appears clean. It is topped by a
4-barrel carburetor and correct blue air cleaner cover. A 2-speed
Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission and Ford 9" rear with 2.91
gears complete the drivetrain. We can see the electrical system
still is being powered by a generator and the power steering unit
appears like new.
Lots of nice straight rust-free steel on the X frame. Plenty of
rustproofing abounds underneath and the rockers are rust free.
Independent coil springs upfront and leaf springs on the rear offer
up a smooth ride, and drum brakes all around are noted. This
appears strange, as there is no power booster, but we note the
"Power Brake" brake pedal pad cover. Dual exhaust with stock style
mufflers efficiently moves spent fossils to the rear of the
A little choke and a few preliminary pumps of the gas and she
immediately came to life. Once warmed up, idled smoothly, had
decent acceleration, and of course a smooth ride. Overall a nice
car with a well-functioning hardtop, and excellent mechanicals.
In the late 1950's Ford was getting tromped by the Tri-Fives over
at Chevy. So, they used what they knew best, that bringing
innovation would attract attention. A very nice example which was
given the once over with its frame off and well maintained by the
owner since then. This car has had no detail overlooked, so you can
play with that top all day. Grab a lawn chair, and a bottle or two
of wine, and go find a show! This world truly revolves around the
H-352ci V8 4bbl 300hp
R-San Jose, CA Assy Plant
126764-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 51A-Galaxie Skyliner
COLOR DE2-Indian Turquoise, Colonial White
TRIM 34-Beige Vinyl & Broadcloth
DATE 29M-December 29th Build
TRANS 3-Ford O Matic 2 Speed
AXLE 5-2.91 Conventional
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barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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