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1954 Ford Crestline news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: U4KC114810
 
Sold for $59,400 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
This car left the factory with a host of power options including automatic transmission, power windows, power steering, power brakes and a four-way power front seat. Other factory options with this car include Deluxe wheel covers, tinted glass, door handle guards, Deluxe eight-tube AM radio, dual backup lights, Magic-Aire heather, and fender skirts. The Continental-style spare tire was a dealer-installed option in 1954. There are dual exhausts and glass pack mufflers.

This car was built on February 18th of 1954 at Ford's Kansa City assembly plant. In recent times it was the subject of a 16-year restoration that was completed in 2005. It was rebuilt from the frame up.

Under the bonnet is a 230 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine that produces 130 horsepower at 4200 RPM.

In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California and estimated to sell for $50,000-$75,000 and offered without reserve. Those estimates proved accurate, as the lot was sold for $59,400 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
Sunliner Convertible
 
This 1954 Ford Sunliner Convertible is powered by a 239 cubic-inch, eight-cylinder engine and mated to a Ford-O-Matic gearbox. It is painted in Raven black and has a black-and-red interior. Options and accessories include power disc brakes, Radial white-wall tires, stone shields, dual mirrors, side skirts, bumper guards, rocker moldings, and Faux Continental kit.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
Sunliner Convertible
Chassis Num: U4NC147112
 
Sold for $35,200 at 2009 RM Auctions.
The flathead V8 engine was replaced in 1954 with the arrival of the modern, overhead-valve 'Y-block', so called because of its deep crankcase designs. It displaced 239 cubic-inches and produced m20 more horsepower in its basic form. Over the years, the engine was enlarged and further developed, helping Ford overtake archrival Chevrolet in sales for 1954 and would continue to power Ford's passenger cars until 1962.

The Ford Crestline Sunliner Convertible was priced at $2,164 with a six-cylinder engine for 1964. The V8 engine option added $77 to the purchase price. This example is was owned by a doctor until 2000 and kept at his summer home. It has been well taken care of, and never driven in the shown. It has been given a complete restoration of the body, engine and interior, with no expenses spared.

The car is powered by a 239 cubic-inch V8 engine offering 130 horsepower. There are four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes and an independent front suspension.

In 2009, this example was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $35,000 - $40,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $35,200 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
Victoria Hardtop
Chassis Num: U4FV159074
 
Sold for $16,500 at 2010 RM Auctions.
1954 was a successful year for Ford, as it introduced a host of new technology and styling advances. With their slogan 'More than ever, the standard for the American road,' Ford was intent on becoming the leader in the low-priced, entry-level market.

In 1954, Ford introduced their all-new, overhead-valve 'Y-block' V8 engine. The unit displaced 239-cubic inches and had a 7.8:1 compression ratio. Horsepower increased by nearly 25 percent than that of the old flathead, now producing 130 horsepower.

This Crestline Victoria Hardtop has a two-tone exterior and two-tone upholstery. There is an engine-tuned instrument panel, an AM radio and the Ford-O-Matic automatic gearbox.

In 2010, it was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $20,000-$30,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $16,500 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
Skyliner HardTop
 
The styling of the 1954 Ford was similar to the 1952 and 1953 models. The Skyliner was introduced in January of 1954 and was a completely new Ford Crestline model featuring a transparent plastic roof section over the front seat and Ford Victoria trim. The molded blue-green Plexi-Glass top was said to block around 60-percent of the sun's heat and 72-percent of the glare, all while providing an open-air feeling. Ford produced a few see-through hoods for dealership showroom displays as a way to promote their new overhead valve V-8 engine and ball joint suspension. At the close of the 1954 model year, dealers were directed to destroy the hoods, yet today, it is believed that approximately 20 cars remain with this very rare feature.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2011
Leaping forward with new improvements in both styling and handling, the Envelope Fords of 1949 were more than just an update in design technique; it was a completely different vehicle. The ‘49 Ford showed the world what a modern mass-produced vehicle could be. The design stayed much the same for 1950, and the new 'Crestliner' two-door sedan was introduced. Considered to be the most collectible of all Fords built during the early 1950's, the Skyliner is still a highly collectible vehicle today.

In 1952 the Crestline convertible earned the name 'Sunliner'. The Ford Crestline Sunliner was selected as the Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500 race in 1953. In 1954, the major update to the Crestline Skyliner was the two-door hardtop which featured a glass roof. In 1955, a new body arrived on the scene, while the wheelbase grew to 115.5 inches. The 1955 Ford line continued to remain suitably large. The plexiglass roof was still offered for the Skyliner, but only on the Crown Victoria model. In 1957, the Crown Victoria Skyliner was replaced by the retracting-roof hardtop Skyliner.

Characterized as having 'Thunderbird elegance', the Fords of 1959 were introduced with a whole new ideal of style. An incredible amount of stainless steel and chrome body trim, these vehicles also had exquisite three tone cloth pattern interior trim.

True customizing began in the 1950's, and it was an art in which individual touch shone through the design. The aviation influence of the previous decade was utilized by Ford, and the appealing trend moved towards the new obsession, the Space Race. Throughout the years of Galaxie evolution, the 1959 Galaxie was a well-received vehicle from the start. Though it wasn't chosen as often as the early post-war Fords, the 1952 Ford Crestline Sunliner had a body shape very similar to the new-for-'49 model.
The Sunliner, at over 79 inches wide, topped the 1960's Galaxie range, which was now larger and all-encompassing. New development ideas were being inspired during NASCAR racing that would transform from the handling and suspension of the vehicle. A concave grille and a single side crease were updated on the Sunliner, which eventually morphed into horizontal fins at the rear of the vehicle. The option of a detachable hardtop roof was also available, though most buyers opted for the electric folding top.

Another available option was the Police Interceptor tune, which had 401 bhp, while the base form model had a 300 bhp V8. The ever-changing world of motor design was moving quickly during the early 1960's, and the Ford Sunliner only debuted a year before getting a total redesign and update.

Able to achieve a top speed of 122 mph, the Ford Galaxie Sunliner could reach 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds. Weighing a total of 3,792 lbs, the Sunliner utilized a 3-speed auto transmission with a displacement rate of 390 ci (6,930 cc). The Galaxie range consisted of 6 models during its introductory year, the Galaxie Club Sedan, Galaxie Town Victoria, Sunliner Convertible, Skyliner Retractable, Town Sedan and Club Sedan. All six models showcased their own range of ornamentation, trim and tractable tops that folded into the trunk.

Various available options on the 1950 Galaxie range included power windows, brakes, steering, front seat, Flying Eclipse Hood Ornament, Sunray multi-colored wheel covers, deluxe rear deck antenna, visored spotlight mirror, and air conditioning. Engine sizes were offered in a variety for the Galaxie range that included the 292 V-8 with 200 horsepower, 332 Thunderbird, the 352 Thunderbird Special (at an astounding 300 horsepower), and the 223 Mileage Maker Six Cylinder at 145 horsepower. The available transmission options were also all-encompassing, including a three speed convention drive (with an overdrive option), three speed Cruise-O-Matic Drive automatic, Formomatic Drive two speed automatic and overdrive.

Updated in 1960, the Galaxie now featured completely new body lines, the same body design as the 1960 Fairlane. The exterior ornamentation and interior trim offerings were the main differences between these models. These new design enhancements were marketed by Ford as having increased stability, due to the added five feet apart between the wheels for better cornering. In this year, the Galaxie was available in 5 various engine options that ranged from the 223 cubic inch Mileage Maker Six Cylinder to the 352 Super V-8 with four barrel carburetor (rated at 360 horsepower). Three speed manual transmissions, optional Fordomatic Drive two speed automatic, and the three speed automatic were available as transmission options for 1960 Galaxies. The Galaxie was available in 13 Diamond Lustre Finish paint colors.

The following year showcased a brand new sculptured award-winning design on the 1961 Galaxie lineup. Centro per L'Alta Moda Italiana, for 'functional _expression of classic beauty' was awarded by the International Fashion Authority for the 1961's stunning bulleted grill and rear panel design. Besides having several station wagon models, the range included the Sunliner Convertible, Starliner Hardtop, Club Sedan, Town Sedan, Town Victoria and the Club Victoria. 1961 Galaxie models were available with a plethora of available options and features.
In 1961, the scalloped hood was removed, and the sheet metal was updated for a cleaner look. Two giant circular taillights were placed at each rear corner replacing the tailfins. With an amazing 400 hp (298 kW) gross output in triple-two-barrel carburetor form, a new 390 in³ (6.4 L) FE V8 was added to the 1961 Sunliner model. Bucket seats were added to both the Sunliner convertible and hardtop coupe in the 1962 model year.
With familiar body lines, yet new trim, ornamentation, and a distinctive new grill, the 1962 Ford Galaxie was stunning to look at. For this year only, stunning gold and chrome plated fender top ornaments were produced exclusively. Even more luxurious than before, the new Galaxies were offered in a range of 14 models that included wagons, convertibles, sedans and hardtops. The first floor console was ever offered in a Galaxie in 1962. The Starlift removable roof on the Sunliner replaced the slow-selling Starliner semi-hardtop coupe.
A classic from the moment it was rolled off the showroom floor, the 1963 Galaxie carried distinctive lines and styling that made it the legend it is today. A large and varying range was available almost immediately. The 1963 model showcased a smooth cloth and vinyl interior trim package and an attractive full length upper and lower body side molding.

In 1964 the Galaxie was described by Ford as 'a car bred in open competition and built for total performance'. A range of 16 models were available to choose from that featured new trim moldings, grill, interior trim styling, and rear panel design. A variety of six engine options were available for the 1964 model, all with amazing performance. The Thunderbird 390 V-8 with 300 horsepower was the most impressive, following close behind were two versions of the all powerful 427 power plant. In the 1964 model year, Ford replaced the 407 engine and discontinued the 406. Numerous 427 Fiberglass race equipped Galaxies were also constructed by Ford for this year. This model year has been considered the most attractive of models by enthusiasts, and the racing history of their factory lightweight vehicles legendary.

A whole new design update was inundated for the 1965 Ford Galaxie that included a wider design, and the new dual vertical stacked headlight design. Enhanced and designed for total performance, these new models featured a large array of performance options. The Galaxie was offered in 19 available models, spanning seven different series of body designations in 1966. This year the range was known for clean lines and various performance options. The look continued virtually the same in 1967, with the main update being new molding, ornamentation, and the turn signal lamps relocating from the grill to the bumper. The 1968 range is best identifiable by the hideaway concealed dual headlamps found on the XL, LTD and Country Squire models. The Galaxie is best known for becoming 'bigger, wider, longer, and quieter' in 1969 as it grew in size, and if possible, became even more luxurious. One year later, the Ford Galaxie now offered 21 new models, various body style choices in a varying range of engine choices. In 1971, Ford engineered a body style that would be considered the strongest and most durable ever built. Vehicles in the market were growing larger and luxury was an important feature, and Ford's Galaxie line was no exception. The 1972 models utilized more steel than previous models, and continued to offer quiet, effective, strong safety.

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