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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Officially it was the 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner. Unofficially it was often called a retractable hardtop, and a hardtop convertible. From these names, you should be able to figure out what’s going on here. It’s a convertible, but it doesn’t have a soft top — its steel roof folds and retracts into the trunk. Ford debuted this model for 1957, and continued it through the 1959 model year. It was quite a maze of wires and electric switches which made this engineering marvel work, but I guess sales didn’t warrant continuing it when the completely restyled 1960 models were in the design phase. Highly collectible and rarely seen, this bronze example was found yesterday in the parking lot of a Wheatfield restoration garage. And… inside one of the bays (out of the camera’s view) was a ’57 Skyliner — I guess I hit the Daily Double!

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

here's the top in action

here’s the top in action