Between 1957 and 1959 Ford produced the Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner, a classic convertible with an endearingly vintage retractable hardtop. In fact, at the time of its release, the Fairlane 500 Skyliner was the only true hardtop convertible in the world, cementing its current status as a collectible car.
The design, however popular, was garnering more attention than actual sales, for the retractable hardtop was a rather expensive option that was often thought of as unreliable and took up significant trunk space. However, the iconic look of the car and its overall retro feel made it into a classic shortly after its release. Nowadays it’s one of the most popular models among collectors.
The Ford Skyliner’s system was more efficient than its reputation gave it credit for. The retractable roof had decent reliability, with its four locking mechanisms for the roof and two for the trunk. The model was a two door full size car, allowing for a bigger capacity than most convertible sports cars at the time.
The beautifully nostalgic Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner remains a favorite among car enthusiasts. Its unique design and stylish demeanor makes it a top target for collectors. It was an innovative addition to the Ford canon back in the late fifties, and can still be enjoyed within the circles of classic car collecting.