Survivor Series Special: 1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable Hardtop

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For a while now, I’ve been hoping to get some 3D video of a Ford Skyliner in action. I’ve seen two of them earlier this summer, one at the Woodward Dream Cruise and another at the Cruisin’ Hines event but in both cases the timing wasn’t good for the owners to demonstrate the folding metal roof that stows away in the trunk. Finally, I was able to get some video for you at the Mid Michigan Mustang Owners’ all Ford car show. The Skyliner is one of those cars from which legends spring. Supposedly the roof mechanism, developed for a stillborn factory convertible Continental Mark II, used “miles” of wire to connect the various solenoids, motors and limit switches. In their day the roof mechanism wasn’t said to be super reliable but any one you’d see at a show today is either restored or well maintained so you should be able to see a Skyliner top go up and down. I put this black Skyliner in the Survivor Series because it’s indeed an original car with only 61,000 miles on the odometer. I don’t know if it’s a one owner car but from the age of the driver, it’s possible. I didn’t want to bug him to run the roof through the full cycle but he graciously popped the trunk upon and lifted the roof off of its mounts to give you an idea of how it works. Unlike modern retractable hardtops, which have multiple hinges and fold up to preserve trunk space, the Skyliner’s roof has only a small hinged flap at the front that folds down and back so the roof can be mostly stowed intact in the trunk. Even with the roof up, the mechanism in the trunk reduced storage space but with the roof retracted there was pretty much no room for any luggage at all.

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