1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Ford offered two convertibles for 1957: the usual cloth-roof Sunliner and the first “hardtop convertible” that really did convert and the 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner. What’s more, all ‘57 Fords were all new, longer, lower and wider with stunning styling. With all this, Ford exceeded its 1955 sales record while out producing rival Chevrolet for the first time in decades.
That new “retractable hardtop” was called Skyliner, a name borrowed from Ford’s 1954-56 plexi-roof hardtop. Offered like the Sunliner in a new top-line Fairlane 500 series, it was the sort of technical wonder Americans expected as the “space age” beckoned. First year for the Hardtop that fits into the trunk, which leaves very little trunk space left. Biggest crowd pleaser at any car show when the top goes into operation. The roof is powered by a multitude of electric motors.
The added hardware made the Skyliner pricey for a Ford at $2,942 ($23,660 today).
Model: Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Style: Convertible hardtop
Serial No: C7KW163822
Engine Cyl: 8
Engine Size: 312 cubic inch
Engine HP: 245