The Ford Skyliner

A hardtop convertible. Just what millions were clamoring for--not!

The Wikipedia page.

Jump to the 6:30 mark in the video to see the roof in action.

     Posted By: Paul - Sun Dec 15, 2019
     Category: Inventions | Chindogu | 1950s | Cars

The Fairlane was the upper tier of the Ford line at the time, hence the quoted prices, with accessories, given by the owner of over of nearly $4,000. Like the owner said, that was a lot to pay in 1958. My parents owned the station wagon version of this model in the early 1960's. It was a true example of American road iron for the times - weighed about two tons, had a monster motor and rode smooth along the highway. And no mandated seat belts, of course.

I remember warnings about not engaging the top retraction while in motion. You can imagine what would happen.
Posted by KDP on 12/15/19 at 12:27 PM
My 2008 Mazda MX-5 has a power retractable hardtop. I love it! It doesn’t take up the whole trunk, as this Ford Fairlane did.
Posted by Judy on 12/15/19 at 03:09 PM
For those who need fresh air and sunshine more than trunk space...
Posted by Brian on 12/15/19 at 11:22 PM
Had the honor to drive one of those. That was a drive I will always remember.
Posted by Peg on 12/17/19 at 09:30 PM
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