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.
Ford operates a number of performance divisions around the world. There's SVT in the US, Team RS in Europe and Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) in Australia. But the Blue Oval has been steadily integrating its performance operations into one unit, and here we might have our first indication of what it will be called.
A reader at Jalopnik sent in a survey in which respondents were asked to gauge the name for a new performance brand from a "major automotive manufacturer," and while the identity of that automaker was not disclosed, according to the survey, the automaker is considering the name 999 for its new go-fast unit.
As our compatriots point out, the 999 was Ford's first racecar, a rudimentary chassis with a 19-liter inline-four campaigned by Henry Ford around the turn of the 20th century. (Ford also used the number to designate a Fusion fuel-cell racer a few years back.) That could prove the tie-in Dearborn is looking for in rebranding its performance operations worldwide, replacing the letters SVT, RS and FPV globally under one name.
Generally, cars get bigger and heavier as they get older. That's why it looks so ridiculous when you park a classic Mini next to a modern version. The same can be said of the Corvette, the BMW 3 Series, Porsche 911 and, of course, the Ford Taurus. In the Taurus' case, though, that size has become a liability, particularly because the big brute isn't nearly as sizable on the inside as it is on the out.
For 2016, Ford is aiming to rectify that. According to Edmunds, the 2016 Taurus will ride on a stretched and widened Ford Fusion platform. Ford is expecting this move to go a long way in trimming the Taurus' ample body fat.
"The problem with today's Taurus is that it is overweight and even the high performance SHO is not really competitive," said a source that spoke to Edmunds on condition of anonymity. The 365-horsepower SHO variant, "actually weighs about as much as the stretched Audi A8 L. Of course, Audi uses an extensive amount of aluminum, but it is a much bigger car."
Hemmings came across an interesting article from the Throwin' Wrenches blog about the intersection of ice cream, cars and civic duty in America's late 1950s. In particular, it focuses on the Mister Softee trucks, which criss-crossed neighborhoods of the eastern US serving ice cream. Looking past the ultra-durable vehicles used - heavy-duty Ford-based chassis, for what it's worth - the article delves into some deeper national-security territory.
See, Mister Softee truck owners were voluntary members of the Civil Defense, thanks to all the useful stuff (potable water, generators, freezers and fridges) that the machines carried with them for serving ice cream. Click over to Throwin' Wrenches for the full run down of how Mister Softee would have stepped in to help fight if the Cold War ever turned a little hotter.