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.
Most automotive purists fear change, but not without reason. Change, after all, did kill big-block V8s, along with most station wagons and manual transmissions. But change has also brought with it far more performance, safety and fuel economy - not to mention ridding the world of shag carpet interiors, bias-ply tires and those horrible motorized seatbelts of the early '90s.
By this time next year, the Chevy Corvette, Jeep Cherokee and next-generation Ford Mustang will all be on sale and will all, in some way, have angered or offended purists. To those critics, Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press is preemptively telling them to stop complaining - at least until they've all been driven. From the Corvette's square taillights and the Cherokee's radical nose to whatever pony car purists will harp on the 2015 Mustang for, Phelan's column points out the positives of automotive evolution and the negatives of staying the course for too long. That's fair enough, but do you think Phelan is on point, or all wet? Head on over to the Detroit Free Press to read his words, then have your say in Comments.
Ford might not have the splashiest booth here at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, but the automaker is showing off quite a bit of hardware that will actually end up on roads across Europe. Parisians are no doubt tickled at getting to see the specifications of the Mustang tuned for The Continent (which has a revised suspension for European roads, and a few visual nips and tucks), in addition to the revised face of the family-friendly C-Max.
As you can see, C-Max styling has been revisited with a deft touch, grafting Ford's six-sided corporate grille on the nose, in place of the outgoing car's two-part affair. New headlights can also be found on the car's revised front fascia, though the rear end of the C-Max looks only slightly different than the current version.
Inside the cabin, Ford has consolidated controls and upped the ante in terms of material quality, with "black satin" and chrome details and more storage capacity, overall. Grocery-lugging moms and dads everywhere should appreciate the hands-free liftgate feature, as well.
Here's the thing about China: The folks buying cars there have a very different set of standards than shoppers in many other markets around the globe. While we all drool over hot metal with bold designs, and while we appreciate automakers going an extra step to inject even their cheapest offerings with aggressive and interesting cues, that sort of sheetmetal sex appeal doesn't always sell in the People's Republic. Case in point is Jaguar, which may be designing a more traditional-looking version of its XJ for the Chinese market, or more to the point of this story, Ford currently sells the less-exciting, last-generation Focus compact in China right alongside the new one.
So consider this new Shanghai-bound C-segment concept a preview of what's to come for that more traditional, budget-minded, less-sexy market. More proof of this pudding: Ford's even calling this concept the Escort - a nod to the Blue Oval's compact car days of yore, and a name that stirs up thoughts of basic, affordable transportation rather than great driving dynamics or bold design. "Customers in China described seeking a vehicle that is stylish - but not one that is arrogant or pretentious," Ford states. And this new Escort concept previews a possibility of providing exactly that for this rapidly expanding automotive market.
What you're looking at, then, is one of the most simple Ford designs we've seen of late, though it still incorporates all of the automaker's latest DNA. The signature hexagonal grille is front and center, flanked by attractive LED headlamps and chrome-rimmed foglamp housings. The entire car's design focuses on clean, smooth surfaces, with one strong character line flowing from front to back just below the beltline. We will say that the car looks decidedly more premium from the rear view, where narrow, horizontal taillamps with an LED accent give the car added visual width. Bland as it may be, it's a handsome little concept, though fear what would likely happen if all of the conceptual details get dumbed down for a production model.