How many convertibles have been produced that have the word “sun” in their name? Pontiac Sunbird, Ford Sunliner… maybe we could even count the Honda Civic del Sol (“of the sun”)? Please post in the comment section any others that come to mind.
The Pick of the Day is a 1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Somerset, Massachusetts. (Click the link to view the listing)
The Sunliner classification was used on various full-sized Ford convertibles during the mid-century timeframe. The name first came out on the 1952 Crestline, was later applied to the Fairlane, and eventually became part of the full-sized Galaxie family beginning in 1959.
Galaxie models received reworked styling in 1960 and the Sunliner badge was used for two-door convertibles. Space-age styling was very prevalent and showcased aerodynamic side profiles, wheel skirts, and wing-like tailfins out back. The scripted Sunliner badges for the front fenders and the trunk lid were gold-plated and provided contrast against the many chrome accents surrounding the exterior. The interior evokes similarities to the vivid turquoise upholstery we recently saw in an Oldsmobile F-85.
“This is a driver quality car,” the listing states. “Starts and runs well, and the transmission shifts firmly.” Power comes from a 352cid FE-series V8 coupled with a three-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission. The listing outlines some of the recent maintenance that has been done, including a rebuild of the power steering pump and the carburetor, replacement of the heater control valve and the alternator, and the installation of new shock absorbers and whitewall tires within the last 1,000 miles.
As good as it looks in the photos, the seller says that there are a few issues that could stand addressing. The list includes some rust showing on the passenger lower fender, carpets in need of replacing, an inoperative fuel gauge, and an older cloth top that shows some wear and tear.
“The Sunliner and I are both the same age, and we both need some work. I don’t have the energy to give it the care and feeding it needs. Hopefully you will,” the seller concludes.
The seller is asking $22,000 or best offer for this Sunliner, which includes a shop manual and spare parts. Whether you do it with a Sunliner or a del Sol, you owe it to yourself to own a convertible at least once!