Body Type:HARDTOP CONVERTIBLE
Exterior Color: RED & WHITE
Interior Color: RED, WHITE, BLACK
Number of Cylinders: 8
Drive Type: AUTOMATIC
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, United States
THIS IS A TOTAL BODY-OFF THE FRAME RESTORED 1959 FORD SKYLINER RETACTABLE. IT LOOKS AS BEAUTIFUL UNDERNEATH AS IT DOES ON TOP! THE ENTIRE BODY WAS REMOVED, AND THE FRAME WAS CLEANED, BLASTED AND REFINISHED, ALL NEW SUSPENSION INSTALLED, NEW BRAKES AND LINES, NEW SPRINGS, SHOCKS, AND THE ENTIRE DRIVE TRAIN WAS REBUILT. THE BODY WAS STRIPPED, PRIMED AND RE-FINISHED IN SPECTACULAR TORCH RED AND COLONIAL WHITE. EVERY PIECE OF CHROME AND STAINLESS WAS REMOVED, THEN POLISHED OR REPLATED TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD. IT HAS ONLY BEEN DRIVEN 400 MILES SINCE RESTORATION! THE CAR IS EQUIPPED WITH THE OPTIONAL 352 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER ENGINE, COUPLED TO A 3 SPEED CRUISE-O-MATIC, DUAL RANGE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. IT HAS POWER STEERING, POWER BRAKES, TOWN & COUNTRY SIGNAL SEEKING RADIO, CLOCK, PADDED VISORS AND PADDED DASH (NOT INSTALLED BUT INCLUDED), FULL LENGTH NOS ROCKER MOULDINGS, DELUXE DUAL FENDER MOUNTED MIRRORS, NOS FRONT AND REAR BUMPER GUARDS, AND NOS EXHAUST DEFLECTORS! IT RIDES ON BEAUTIFUL TRUE SPOKE WIRE WHEELS WITH FORD CREST SPINNERS, AND HAS 5 BF GOODRICH SILVERTOWN WIDE WHITE WALL RADIALS, SIZE 225/70/R14.
AS A PART OF ITS RESTORATION, IT UNDERWENT A $10,000+ COMPLETE "NUT AND BOLT" (MECHANICAL AND WIRING) RETRACTABLE ROOF RESTORATION BY BILL NOLAN, OF SHOWCASE RESTORATIONS, IN SALEM, NH. BILL IS A LONG TIME IFRC MEMBER, AND HAS RECENTLY SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF THE IFRC. HE KNOWS THIS CAR INSIDE AND OUT, AND HE CAN BE CONTACTED AT 978-501-2525, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS CAR.
ALSO INCLUDED IS A NEW RED CARPET SET, A RED PADDED DASH, WITH ALL OF THE CORRECT STAINLESS TRIM PIECES, SEVERAL ORIGINAL 1959 FORD SERVICE MANUALS AND BULLETINS, THE ORIGINAL 1959 SHOP MANUAL, AN ORIGINAL 1959 FORD DEALER'S PARTS AND ACCESORIES MANUAL, SEVERAL 1959 SALES BROCHURES, A 1959 FORD ACCESORY MAP LIGHT IN ITS ORIGINAL BOX, AND A FORD REMINGTON ELECTRIC SHAVING RAZOR!
I AM AN IFRC MEMBER AND CAN BE REACHED AT 603-569-2208.
When General Motors put down several of its brands in recent years, it also let loose thousands of brand-loyal customers who will eventually need another car.
R.L. Polk Associates estimates there are more than 18 million cars from 16 discontinued makes on the road today. Those "orphan owners" have sales-hungry competitors seeing dollar signs. GM is offering Saturn owners $1,000 cash toward a Chevy Cruze, Cadillac CTS or a GMC Acadia. Ford is giving its Mercury lease customers a chance to get out of their contracts with no early-termination penalty and offering to waive six remaining payments if they drive off in a Ford or Lincoln.
Edmunds.com research shows the efforts are paying off somewhat for GM, with 39 percent of Pontiac owners, 37 percent of Hummer owners and 31 percent of Saturn owners taking delivery of another GM-branded vehicle. But that leaves as much as 69 percent of owners going elsewhere. Ford, Honda and Toyota seem to be attracting many former GM owners.
Ford has released the full list of pricing and specs on its new Transit, the replacement for the long-lived E-Series cargo van. Prices are set to start at $29,565 and can increase rapidly from there, depending on length, engine and wheelbase, among other options.
Let's talk first about those new engines. The base is the familiar 3.7-liter, naturally aspirated V6. It boasts 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and can return up to 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. This engine can also be adapted to run on LPG or compressed natural gas. Of course, there are better alternatives, for a price, the first of which is Ford's well-received, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. It packs 310 hp and a best-in-class 400 lb-ft of torque (available at just 2,500 rpm) while matching the naturally aspirated engine in both city and highway fuel economy.
Then, there's the diesel. With a 3.2-liter, five-cylinder diesel mill at its disposal, the Transit generates 350 lb-ft between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm, along with 185 hp. This engine hasn't been rated by the EPA, although we'd be really, really surprised if it didn't handily best either of the gas-powered engines in fuel efficiency. A six-speed automatic is standard, regardless of engine.
Back in the day, Vignale was a carrozzeria of the highest order, alongside the likes of Pininfarina, Bertone and Zagato. But like Giugiaro-ItalDesign and Ghia, it has since been subsumed into a larger auto group. Ford ended up with it under its umbrella when it took over De Tomaso, and has since used the moniker for a number of concept cars. Now the name is back in the form of a new upscale sub-brand for the European market.
The first new model to receive the Vignale treatment is the Mondeo, which Ford unveiled here at the Frankfurt Motor Show in both sedan and wagon forms. Positioned above the Titanium trim, the Vignale model gets such special touches as chrome trim and a quilted leather interior, Vignale badges replacing any mention of the Mondeo on which it's based. It also gains an ownership experience - including free car washes for life! - to befit the upscale positioning.
Under the bright spotlights above the show floor, the Nocciola metallic brown paint might not be the most photogenic, but will likely give the Vignale edition a more premium look when it hits European dealers and roads in 2015. Whether it'll be worth however much Ford asks for it, however, remains to be seen. Scroll down below for the official press release.