Top down 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner

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The two-tone Ford Fairlane Skyliner looks ready for cruising

Model-year 1955 was a sweet spot for the Big 3 automakers, a classic year when the stylists were really feeling the new era of anything-goes prosperity.

The Pick of the Day, a 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible, is a candy-colored cruiser with all the trimmings, including two-tone red-and-white paint, dummy spotlights and a continental-kit spare tire hanging out the back. A stylish period look that would be striking on the road today.

The continental kit adds style and length

In the brief description, the Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, dealer advertising the Ford on ClassicCars.com describes it as a “very straight solid rust-free car that runs and drives excellent.”

“Undercarriage is very nice with no patches or replacement panels,” the seller says. “Hard to find solid convertible with nice body and chrome.”

The dashboard gleams

Although there is no restoration history noted in the description, the Sunliner looks like it has been restored somewhere along the line, with shiny paint, spotless interior and a decent soft top. In its stock appearance, it rides on wide whitewalls with full Ford hub caps.

The car also looks clean under the hood, with its original 272cid V8 combined with a three-speed manual transmission with column shift. The electrical system has been converted to 12 volts from the original six, the seller says.

The V8 engine appears to be in factory tune

The mileage noted in the details is just 45,000, although there is no mention whether that is original or if the odometer has flipped over.

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While the asking price of $39,999 seems strong, the convertible does show like new in the ad photos. Top down, the Ford would make for a classic Saturday night cruiser or an attention-getting show car.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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