1959 Ford Galaxie
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Few Fords of the 1950s better embodied the automaker’s passion for technology and engineering better than the groundbreaking Skyliner. A switch under the dash activated the famed “Hide-Away Hardtop” and at $3,346, it was the most expensive full-size Ford and the first American production car to feature a retractable hardtop.
This exceptional example was completed on December 6, 1958 at Ford’s Kansas City plant and remains in outstanding restored condition. Finished in Geranium and Colonial White over a Radiant Geranium and Raven Striped interior, the Skyliner is fitted with the optional 352 cid high-output “Thunderbird Special” 300 hp H-code engine, which breathes through a Holley four-barrel carburetor. Its desirable equipment includes air-conditioning, power front seat, power windows, power brakes, power steering, the continental kit, dual visored spotlight mirrors, and a Flying Ellipse hood ornament.
The Galaxie was restored in the early 1990s by Ford authority Jerry Capizzi, whose Cappy Collection was among the most highly regarded Ford collections in the world. In the mid-1980s, Mr. Capizzi established in-house capabilities in order to achieve the caliber of restoration and preservation his standards demanded. His cars won countless awards over the decades and he was particularly known for his use of NOS components.
The restoration performed on this Galaxie was done with painstaking attention to detail, including correct hang tags, hardware, and custom-fitted clear seat protectors. The car won an AACA National First Prize in 1999 and Grand National prize in 2000. In current ownership, a fuel system service and carburetor rebuild were performed and a new battery was installed. Just 102 post-restoration miles were recorded at the time of cataloguing. This example has all the characteristics a collector might desire with its fantastic colors, wealth of desirable features, admirable provenance, and a stunningly detailed restoration.