A really nice video of a hardtop in action showing off a beautifully restored 1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie 500 Skyliner. Pretty amazing what a car could do back in 1959. A real classic. I remember as a kid riding in the car and being amazed at the roof going back into the trunk.
Skyliner Retractable Hardtop Convertibles were built by Ford from 1957 to 1959. Ford discontinued the production of the Skyliner due to the high build costs. Because the Skyliner body was hand assembled the price tag on these cars from the factory compared to Lincoln and Cadillac at the time.
1959 was one of the more notable years for styling with the American automotive manufacturers and Ford was certainly in the mix when the redesigned the Fairlane for 1959. Redesigned with much more squared up lines, a bigger windshield, “gullwing” headlamp brows, and a “Flying V” back panel cradling large round taillamps. New for 1959 was the introduction of the Galaxie trim, which appeared mid-year as a pair of Fairlane 500 hardtops with rectangular, wide-quarter Thunderbird-style roof lines — a design theme that Ford would use for several years and be widely copied by others. The Skyliner Hardtop Convertible and Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner convertible also were officially part of the Galaxie series, even though they still wore Fairlane 500 script badging. The V8s were slightly detuned in deference to buyers made more economy conscious by the recession of 1958. Suspension tweaks improved ride at the expense of handling, but workmanship improved, and durability was served by no-wax “Diamond Lustre” enamel paint and long life aluminized mufflers. This was also the last year for the Skyliner Hardtop Convertible.
Production totaled 20,766 units in 1957, declining to 14,713 in 1958 and to 12,915 in 1959. It is believed that there are less than 5000 Skyliners left in total from all three years, in all conditions and states of repair.