Revolutionary at the time, the Skyliner offered a practical hardtop coupe plus the style of a drop top. The retractable hardtop roof was a masterpiece in engineering and required 7 electric motors, 13 switches, 10 solenoids, 8 circuit breakers and over 600ft (182m) of wiring to make it function. The car was fairly conventional underneath with a separate chassis and double wishbones up front with leaf springs at the rear, though the frame did have an X-brace to give it extra strength as the roof was not part of the structure. On the body, one of the best changes for the 1959 model year was the switch to large, round tail lights, which became a trademark feature of early 1960s Fords. Standard was the Mercury's 292ci (4.78-liter) Flathead V8, though with fuel at 20 cents a gallon, the big-blocks were favored, and this has the 352ci (5.3-liter) Police Interceptor special.
Ford Fairlane Skyliner (1959) Specifications
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