- One of only 603 “Glass Top” Crown Victorias built in 1956
- Beautifully restored by Crown Victoria expert Dan Pixler
- Formerly of the Jeffery Day and John Woodhead collections
- Extremely highly optioned, including factory air conditioning and rare zip-in sunshade
- A Crown Victoria Association Best of Show winner
The Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner’s status as one of the most dazzling offerings of the Fabulous Fifties is well-deserved: Its exuberant styling was completed by an instantly recognizable acrylic roof panel set just above the windshield, a dream car touch drawn from the futuristic X-100 and X-500 concepts.
Debuting for in 1954 as a Fairlane Victoria Coupe model, Ford moved the “bubbletop” upmarket in 1955, making it a variant of the new, top-of-the-line Fairlane Crown Victoria—which also sported a chrome roof band dubbed the “tiara” or “basket handle.” This final version of the Skyliner saw production of 1,999 units in 1955 and another 603 in 1956, after which the glass roof became a thing of futures past. Of the 603 Skyliners produced in 1956, few remain. The rarest and most desirable of all Crown Victorias, they are one of the most fiercely sought-after Fords produced during a remarkable decade.
Among those who sought one was Dan Pixler, of Luana, Iowa. Mr. Pixler, a professional auto body man, has been a longtime member and judge of the Ford Crown Victoria Association and is a well-known authority in Crown Victoria authenticity and restoration. The Skyliner offered today was Mr. Pixler’s personal car, much of which he restored himself. Finished to concours-quality throughout, it and wears beautiful Sunset Coral paint over laser-straight body panels that have outstanding fit and finish. Its interior appears as nearly new, and the undercarriage and under the hood are immaculate and correctly detailed. Even the manifolds were porcelain-coated.
Options abound, such as front and near nerf bar bumper protectors, a dual exhaust, an original Ford Continental kit, front and rear stone guards, stainless rocker panel moldings, fender skirts with stone guards, power brakes, power steering, a four-way power seat, power windows, map lights, a tissue dispenser, a rear window defroster, an AM radio with a rear speaker, an under-hood trouble light, stainless wire hubcaps, and wide whitewall bias-ply tires. This car also features two very important accessories: a zip-in sunshade, which is correct for the car but almost never found on restored examples, and factory Select Aire air conditioning.
Few Skyliners have been taken to this very high level, and fewer still are so heavily optioned with correct factory and dealer accessories; this car is regarded as one of the absolute finest “Glass Tops” remaining. More impressive is that is has held that high regard for nearly four decades, during which time it has been continually maintained by Mr. Pixler and his successors in the same wonderful high-point condition. For the buyer seeking one of the most famous, scarcest, and desirable Fords of the 1950s, there is simply no better option.