Lot 104

Hershey 2013

1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner


$46,750 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
  • Ford’s famous “Hide-Away Hardtop”
  • Iconic colors
  • A wonderful cruise night car

212 bhp, 292 cu. in. overhead-valve V-8 engine, two-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118 in.

Ford’s reputation as a leading car manufacturer rose dramatically with the introduction of its all-new 1957 models that featured “Equaflair” styling by George W. Walker, which was most memorably implemented on the Fairlane series. Longer and lower than ever before, their fresh styling incorporated a full-width rectangular grille, dramatic bright accents, and a pair of fashionable tailfins or “high-canted” rear fenders.

The top-of-the-line Fairlane 500 range was accessorized with the top trim options of the Fairlane series, and in addition to the extensive chrome of the base-level Fairlane Custom, the 500 carried additional C-pillar brightwork, as well as a distinctive double-runner chrome strip with a textured anodized gold insert on the body sides. With a multitude of exciting two-tone paint finishes and 37 different interior combinations, the Fairlane 500 appealed to a more affluent and discerning buyer.

In addition, Ford pushed the styling and engineering envelope even further with the first mass-produced retractable hardtop, the Fairlane 500 Skyliner. With the push of a single button, the Skyliner’s hardtop literally unscrewed itself from the windshield frame and then folded neatly and tucked under a long, flat trunk lid that lifted on its own to make way for the top. In about 25 seconds, the Skyliner driver could literally transform his coupe into a true convertible. Ford offered the unique retractable hardtop option for only three years, from 1957 to 1959.

The Skyliner offered here is equipped with the 212-horsepower V-8, as well as a Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, a heater/defroster, a clock, a later Kenwood stereo, wheel covers, wide whitewall tires, and a rear-mounted “Continental kit” spare. It is finished in two-tone Starmist Blue and Colonial White, which is a wonderful year-correct color combination. Built in Kansas City, and known as a Georgia car for almost its entire life afterward, it is just as Ford advertising of this period claimed, “Literally two glamour cars in one…each a masterpiece of craftsmanship and distinction!” It would be a wonderful car for cruising into the fall, be it with the top up or down.