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1959 Ford Galaxie V8 Skyliner Convertible / B9KW107468 Vehicle Information

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1959 Ford Galaxie photograph

1959 Ford Galaxie photograph

1959 Ford Galaxie photograph

1959 Ford Galaxie photograph

1959 Ford Galaxie photograph

1959 Ford Galaxie photograph

1959 Ford Galaxie photograph

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Sold for $66,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
The Ford Skyliner was an innovative full-size automobile with a retractable hardtop produced by the Ford Motor Company in the late 1950's. Based on the North American Ford Fairlane, the Skyliner had a complex mechanism which folded the front of the roof and retracted it under the rear decklid. This mechanism was prone to failure, and the large top took up vast amounts of trunk space, limiting the car's sales. Nonetheless, the retractable hardtop reappeared in the 1990's with the Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder and Mercedes-Benz SLK.

The Skyliner, which was produced for model years 1957, 1958, and 1959, had a squared-off roofline style that was admired by the public and found its way onto most Ford two-door hardtops until 1965, including the Thunderbird, Galaxie and Fairlane. The Skyliner name was previously applied to another Fairlane derivative, the Crown Victoria Skyliner. This vehicle had a clear acrylic glass roof panel over the front row of seats. To purchase new this would have cost approximately $3,346.

This car has been restored to show quality standards and is well optioned with power steering, power brakes, power windows, continental kit, dual exhaust and deluxe trim.

Sold for $66,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island.
When the Skyliner technology was introduced in 1957, it was the first American production car to have a retractable hardtop. By pulling a switch under the dashboard, the conventional-appearing hardtop coupe would transform into a convertible. The hinged steel top would fold neatly and slip away under a reverse-hinged rear deck within two minutes. This was done with the help of 600 feet of wiring, 10 power relays, 8 circuit breakers, 10 limit switches, 3 drive motors, and 4 lock motors.

Production of the Skyliner lasted three years with the final year ending in 1959. 12,915 examples were sold, despite a $400 premium over the conventional Sunliner ragtop, making it, at $3,346, the most expensive full-size Ford. The Skyliner was part of the Fairlane 500 series at the beginning of the model year, but it was made into a Galaxie halfway through the year.

This particular example was privately acquired for Richard and Linda Kughn's collection several years ago. The car wears its original colors of Indian Turquoise over Colonial White and is powered by a 225 horsepower, 332 cubic-inch V8 and mated to a Ford-O-Matic transmission. It has power steering, power brakes, power windows, a dual exhaust, deluxe trim, tinted glass, and a rear-mounted Continental kit spare.

The car has been restored to show-quality standards. It has been displayed at several events including the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, the Glenmoor Gathering, and the International Ford Retractable Club Showcase.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014


2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $60,000-USD $80,000 
Sale Price :
USD $66,000

1959 Ford Galaxie Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie
Sold for USD$18,700
  2020 Mecum : Houston
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for USD$42,900
  2020 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for USD$30,800
  2020 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner
Sold for USD$26,400
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner
Sold for USD$66,000
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner
Sold for USD$90,750
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner
Chassis#: B9HC176394
Sold for USD$22,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner
Chassis#: C9KW186268
Sold for USD$33,550
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner
Chassis#: H9RC136804
Sold for USD$33,550
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner
Chassis#: C9FC280335
Sold for USD$30,250
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner
Sold for USD$34,100
  2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner
Sold for USD$30,800
  2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special
 
1959 Ford Galaxie Fairlane 500 Sunliner
Chassis#: H9FC347198
Sold for USD$18,700
  2020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner
Sold for USD$29,700
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1959 FORD FAIRLANE SKYLINER RETRACTABLE HARDTOP
Chassis#: H9KW133554
Sold for USD$35,200
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner
Sold for USD$58,300
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner
Sold for USD$34,650
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner
Sold for USD$46,200
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Sunliner
Sold for USD$18,500
  2019 GAA : November 2019
 
1959 FORD FAIRLANE 500 SKYLINER RETRACTABLE HARDTOP
Chassis#: H9RW196734
Sold for USD$46,200
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1959 Ford Galaxie's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie 2020 Mecum : Houston$16,000  
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2020 Mecum : Kissimmee Summer Special$30,000  
1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner 2020 Mecum : Eddie Vannoy Collection   
1959 Ford Galaxie SkylinerH9KW1171712020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online $90,000$110,000
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas$42,500  
1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas$27,500  
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner 2019 Mecum : Dallas$44,000  
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction$40,000  
1959 Ford Galaxie 2018 Leake Dallas Fall 2018$23,000  
1959 Ford Galaxie 2018 Leake Dallas Fall 2018$20,000  
1959 Ford Galaxie ConvertibleB9FC2623612018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 SunlinerB9FC2715732018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$55,000$60,000$85,000
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2018 Mecum : Indianapolis$37,500  
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$27,000  
1959 Ford Skyliner 2018 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City$22,000  
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 SunlinerH9FC1038312018 Mecum : Los Angeles$30,000  
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie Skyliner 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee$27,000  
1959 FORD SKYLINER RETRACTABLEC9EW2861052017 Premier Auction Group$29,000  
1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $60,000$70,000
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 SkylinerH9RW1729952017 Mecum : Los Angeles$60,000  
1959 FORD GALAXIE SUNLINER 2016 Leake Dallas Market Hall$38,000  
1959 FORD GALAXIE SUNLINER 2016 Leake Dallas Market Hall$40,000  
1959 FORD GALAXIE SUNLINER RESERVE 2016 Leake Dallas Market Hall$37,500  
1959 Ford GalaxieH9KC1577512016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction $40,000$50,000
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$47,000  
1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$35,000  
1959 Ford Skyliner Convertible 2016 Gulf Coast Classic Punta Gorda, Fl$28,500  
1959 FORD FAIRLANE SKYLINER 2016 McCormick's Palm Springs # 60$29,000  
1959 Ford Galaxie 2016 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Winter Auction   

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