1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner Victoria Hardtop
Designer: Gene Walker
Estimate: $37,000 - $45,000
Chassis Number: U4DF159744
Decoded: U=239 cid V8 engine; 4=1954 model year; D= Dallas, TX assembly plant; F=Skyliner “glass top” Victoria hardtop; 159744=59,744th 1954 Ford scheduled for production at the Dallas plant.
Engine: 239 cid OHV V-8
2 Barrel Carburetor / 130 bhp
3-Speed Column-shift Ford-O-Matic Automatic Transmission
Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Mileage: 87,503 (Showing on Odometer)
*America’s First “Glass-top” production car
*Only year Skyliner as full Victoria Hardtop
*First year OHV Engine
The Model – While 1949 might have brought out the most changed Ford since the 1928 Model A, and all-new sheet metal had arrived in 1952, for those who looked past the outside of the car, they found a whole new car. Ball-joint front suspension greatly improved handling, and the introduction of the first overhead valve V8 in the low-priced three, made Ford the one to follow. But it was the car’s design features that captured customers and the new Skyliner’s “see-through top” fell right into the “Jet-Age” that buyers were looking for. Featuring a dark green, heavy-duty Plexiglass panel, it replaced the steel covering for the front half of the roof. Realizing how uncomfortable this could become on sunny warm days, a snap-in liner was provided to keep temperatures at bay. While the advertised list price was $2,333 when equipped with the optional V8, just 17,762 of these cars rolled off the assembly line.
The Car – This example is one of just 1,021 Skyliners produced at Ford’s Dallas facility. Hand-picked teams skilled in the method of installing these tops insured the fit and weather-proofing of was complete. Skyliner was offered in only a handful of color selections of which this example is finished in Sandstone White roof over the Raven Black body. Under the hood the new overhead-valve V8 powered these cars with 20 more horses than the previous year’s flathead V8, using nearly identical displacement figures. Fitted with Ford-O-Matic transmission, this was the height of power and driving enjoyment. This was the only year Skyliner was offered as a full Victoria hardtop with the option being found on very few Crown Victorias for 1955 and 1956. The ultimate drive for this car would be on a clear moonlit night, finding rural setting and watching the stars go by through the roof of your own 1954 Ford Skyliner.