Ford Skyliner – The Hardtop Convertible
One of the most iconic images of the 1950s includes the Ford hardtop convertible. However, not all Skyliners were convertibles, and if you need Ford Skyliner parts, Concours Parts & Accessories is one of the first places you should consider checking out.
Starting in 1954, Ford made the Crestline Skyliner. It had a distinctive acrylic tinted glass top over the front seats, but it only lasted for one year. In 1955 and ’56 the Crown Victoria Skyliner came out with its optional sunshade.
What is a Hardtop Convertible?
The hardtop convertible (also called the Hide-away Hardtop) was the first successful convertible with a retractable hardtop. It took five years for engineers and designers at Ford to perfect the idea and bring it to the public. The car has a sophisticated system of many switches and relays (and this was before the time of transistors).
When activated, the hardtop retracts and slides into the trunk area. It returns to make a functional hardtop car. However, because the trunk houses the top, you have little space for storage.
Ford’s Fairlane 500 Skyliner attracted a lot of attention, and they became very popular in their day. However, by 1959 sales dropped off, so Ford decided to discontinue this now this classic model.
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When you need Ford Skyline parts, check with Concours Parts & Accessories. We have many components for early Skyliners and hardtop convertibles too. The right parts are essential for Concours quality restorations. Check out our 49-59 Big Ford catalog or call us at 1-800-722-0009 today.