1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Retractable Hardtop

Despite it's relatively high price, the Ford Skyliner Retractable Hardtop sold fairly well in 1957 and 1958, but 1959 would prove to be the final year for this unique "convertible hardtop". To try to attract more buyers, Ford completely redesigned their "Flip-Top" for 1959. The Skyliner received major design changes and 1959 models share no sheet metal with the 1957 and 1958 Skyliners. With slightly blunted rear fins and an overall more "squared" style, the 1959 Fords took on a more elegant and stately appearance. The front end received a new wide mouth grill and huge bumper and the rear deck now sported a unique "Flying V" rear panel. On the sides, the wide "swoosh" molding from 1958 was narrowed and moved up higher on the body. A textured aluminum trim panel now flowed from the rear wheel well opening to the back bumper. Inside the 1959 Skyliner, Ford installed a new interior that was much more durable than in the prior 2 years. Mechanically, Ford introduced a new suspension that gave the big Fords a lower, wider, softer ride and the 1959 models were much stronger and less prone to rust than the 1957 and 1958 Fords. Even the complicated retractable top mechanism was completely redesigned in 1959. Options continued from prior years and a Cruise-o-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission could be added for $231, 4-way power seats for $64 and Style-Tone 2-tone paint was only $26! But one of the biggest changes in 1959 was the introduction at mid-year of the new "Galaxie" model name, which now adorned Ford's top models, including the Skyliner, and relegated the "Fairlane" name to the second-tier models. Building on the public's fascination with America's "Space Race" endeavors, the "Galaxie" name was a big hit with buyers, even though some referred to the new line as the "1959 Ford Galaxy". But despite the new naming, the buying public was now more interested in speed and performance, than gimmicky retractable hardtops. And with a price that was only $600 less than a Thunderbird, the 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Retractables were a pricey oddity, with only 12,915 sold in 1959. Too bad, because the Ford Skyliner was a unique and attractive example of 1950's style and engineering.
Length: 211"
Height: 56.0"
Width: 78.5"
Weight: 4064 lbs.
Wheelbase: 118"
Production: 12,915 units
Base Price: $3346
Wheel Size: 5.5x14"
Tire Size: 8.00x14"
Ground Clearance: 7.5"
V8: 292 ci 2bbl (212 bhp)
V8: 332 ci 2bbl (225 bhp)
V8: 332 ci 4bbl (240 bhp)
V8: 332 ci 2x4bbl (265 bhp)
V8: 352 ci 4bbl (300 bhp)
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
Retractable Hardtop
Folding down into Trunk
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner painted
Colonial White #M0524 over
Wedgewood Blue #M1012
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner in
Colonial White #M0524 and
Indian Turquoise #M1019
1959 Ford Skyliner Flip-Top
With the Top Partially Folded Down
1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable
Top's Front Edge Folds Back
Gulfstream Blue Interior in
1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable
1959 Ford Fairlane Retractable
Painted Colonial White (M0524)
1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable
Top Folds into The Trunk
Original Continental Kit on
1959 Ford Galaxie Retractable
Vintage Luggage in trunk bin in
1959 Ford Galaxie Retractable
1959 Ford Galaxie Retractable Top
and Chrome Skyliner Top Trim Plate
1959 Ford Galaxie Retractable, stock Surf Blue (M1011) paint color
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
factory Surf Blue #M1011 paint
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
photo detail of front grille
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
with retractable hardtop
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
beautifully restored dash
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
top is folding into the trunk
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
trunk bin with vintage luggage
1959 Ford Galaxie Retractable
Colonial White #M0524 over
Inca Gold #M0641
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
Colonial White #M0524 over
Geranium (M1018)
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner top
in Geranium paint #M1018
with chrome Skyliner emblem
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
photo shows open trunk lid
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner
with original luggage bin in trunk
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner interior,
dash painted Geranium #M1018

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