Some of you may recall that I do have a small collection of 1:18 scale models of Classic Cars of the 50’s & 60’s. This is just one of them.
Built-in 1957 by the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Skyliner was one of the first cars that came out with a retractable roof that folded back into the trunk of the car. By releasing 2 small clamps inside the passenger compartment, the owner could press a button and the roof would retract & fold into the truck. It was a nice idea, but it ended up creating problems.
There were many troubles with the roof not folding back correctly, and the owner did not have any trunk space. On top of this was the roof would leak water when it rained because it didn’t seal right.
In 1958, Ford Motor Company came out with almost the same thing, but a slightly different style. Named the 1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner it stayed into production until 1959, when then it was discontinued. The Car still remains as one of Fords Classic Cars.