1954 Ford Crestline

Skyliner 'Glass Top'

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1954
  • Lot number 
    129
  • Reference number 
    129
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

To be offered at auction without reserve at RM Auctions' Sam Pack Collection event, November 14-15, 2014. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Sam Pack.

Estimate:
$ 40,000 - $ 50,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

Est. 225 bhp, 312 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5 in.

  • First-year Ford Glass-Top
  • Performance-upgraded Y-Block engine

For 1954, Ford's Sunliner Convertible and Victoria Hardtop Coupe had carried over from the previous year, but new to the catalogue was the Crestline Skyliner, a hardtop coupe that had a glass roof section over the front seat. The factory brochure pronounced it Glamourous Anywhere! and glamourous it was. With a blue-green tint, the glass admitted a soft, diffused light, yet filter[ed] out 60% of the sun's rays, and a zip-in curtain was furnished for times when sunlight was not desired. The feature proved quite popular, as more than 13,000 were sold.

This Crestline Skyliner, features an older restoration, but it presents very well. The Sandstone White and Cadet Blue metallic paint are in excellent condition, and the brightwork is all very good. The matching vinyl interior, however, shows some age. Accessories on the car include a radio, heater, clock, windshield washers, and a Continental kit.

The car has been unusually equipped with a three-speed manual transmission and overdrive, and it has been uprated with a later Y-Block engine, which is believed to be a 312 CID unit. The carburetor is an Edelbrock four-barrel that feeds through an ECZ9425-A manifold, and it also has dual exhausts.

Despite their initial popularity, 1954 Skyliners are seldom seen in the collector market. With this example's performance upgrades, there most certainly isn't any other like it anywhere.
1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner 'Glass Top'