1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Convertible Vehicle Profile

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner photograph

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Convertible
The Ford retractable roof was originally developed for the limited-production Continental Mark II. With the price of the Mark II already so high, Ford decided against adding the retractable roof feature, as it would further inflate the price of a car that was already outlandishly expensive for its time. With an estimated $2 million already invested towards its development, Ford decided to apply the expensive new technology to their more affordable Fairlane model, giving birth to the 'Skyliner.' The promise of higher-volume production did a better job of amortizing the costs, and improved feasibility.

During the three-year production run of the retractable hardtop, sales fell from 20,766 to 12,915, prompting Ford's decision to drop the Skyliner after the 1959 production run.

The Skyliner used a complex mechanism which folded the front edge of the roof and then retracted the entire roof under the rear deck-lid. Unlike conventional convertibles which used hydraulics, the Skyliners used a combination of seven reversible electric motors (only six for 1959 models), four lift jacks, multiple relays, ten limit switches, ten solenoids, four locking mechanisms for the roof, two more for the trunk lid, and a total of over 600 feet of wiring! When retracted, the large top consumed nearly all the cargo space. A special tub was provided to keep luggage from interfering with the operation of the top.

The 1958 version featured quad headlamps for the first time and its styling was closely related to the all-new 1958 Thunderbird. Although the power retractable top was complicated and expensive to manufacture, sales were initially strong. 14,713 Skyliners were produced in 1958.

This Skyliner has been in the same family/friends since the mid-1960s, traded between brothers, and a 20-year stint of ownership by a close family in Canada. In 2006 the car, which had been totally disassembled since the early 1980s, was re-purchased by the current family and carried to Hill's Automotive for a concours restoration, completed late in 2007. It is powered by its original first-year FE-series big-block 332 cubic-inch V8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission.


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1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1958 sales)
1958 Ford Skyliner
Sold for $27,750
  2020 Carlisle Auctions : Winter AutoFest
 
1958 FORD SKYLINER RETRACTABLE HARDTOP
Chassis#: H8EW101603
Sold for $37,400
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for $46,200
  2019 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner
Sold for $24,000
  2019 GAA : July 2019
 
1958 FORD SKYLINER RETRACTABLE HARDTOP
Chassis#: H8RW142572
Sold for $47,300
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Chassis#: H8KW118251
Sold for $42,900
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 SKYLINER CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: H8KW108867
Sold for $40,700
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1958 Ford Skyliner
Sold for $16,500
  2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Chassis#: G8KW123183
Sold for $66,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for $31,900
  2018 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1958 Ford Skyliner
Sold for $26,000
  2018 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City
 
1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 SKYLINER RETRACTABLE
Chassis#: H8RW162577
Sold for $47,300
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for $60,500
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for $46,200
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for $13,000
  2017 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for $13,500
  2017 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for $8,750
  2017 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Chassis#: B8EW209851
Sold for $73,700
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner image  1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner image  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Sold for $110,000
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1958 FORD SKYLINER RETRACTABLE
Sold for $45,000
  2017 Leake Auction - Dallas
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2019 Mecum : Dallas$50,000  
1958 Ford Skyliner 2019 GAA : March 2019$30,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner 2018 Mecum : Denver$40,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2018 Mecum : Denver$37,500  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2018 Mecum : Kansas City$38,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane Retractable 2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az   
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2017 Mecum : Kissimmee$27,000  
1958 FORD SKYLINER RETRACTABLEH8KW1507412016 GPK Auctions Atlantic City   
1958 Ford Skyliner 2015 Carlisle Events : Zephyrhills Winter Auction   
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$38,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$27,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2014 Leake Auction : Dallas   
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2014 Leake Auction : Dallas Spring   
1958 FORD FAIRLANE SKYLINER 2014 Mecum Houston$42,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner 2014 Mecum Kissimmee   
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2014 Mecum Kissimmee   
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 332/265 HP, Automatic 2014 Mecum Kissimmee$35,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 352/300 HP, Automatic 2014 Mecum Kissimmee$34,000  
1958 Ford Skyliner ConvertibleH8RW1449002013 Russo & Steele Newport Beach$42,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner 2012 Mecum Auctions Kansas City MO$31,000  
1958 Ford SkylinerH8RW1588712012 Silver Auction Missoula, Montana$25,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable 2012 Auctions America Ft Lauderdale, Fl$34,500  
1958 Ford Skyliner Retractable Top 2011 Mecum Auctions St Paul Auction$17,000  
1958 Ford Skyliner 2011 Mecum Auctions St Paul Auction$18,500  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyline Retractable Top 2010 Mecum Auctions St. Charles Auction$12,000  
1958 Ford Skyliner Two Door Convertible 2009 Boca Raton, FL Kruse$35,000  
1958 FORD SKYLINER 2008 Silver Auction Jackson Hole$24,500  
1958 FORD SKYLINER 2008 Silver Auction Coeur d'Alene$21,000  
1958 Ford Fairlane Retractable 2008 Leake Auctions OKC Fairgrounds$56,000  
1958 FORD SKYLINER RETRACTABLE 2002 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$12,800  

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