Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lucy Loves Her Skyliner!

Ah, Ford's great new innovation for 1957, the retractable hardtop.  Back in these days, my grandfather was a Ford mechanic (before he finally saw the light and became a GM man).  The mechanicals to control those retractable hardtops were quite complex, and Ford mechanics had to have specialized training to be able to work on one.  Granddad was one of the few that were certified by Ford to service the retractable hardtops.  Somewhere over at Grandma's I came across his training certificate several years ago.  I'm going to have to look for it again sometime.

Isn't it interesting that Ford debuted the concept of the retractable hardtop in place of a standard ragtop for convertible models back in 1957, but the concept didn't catch on for close to 40 years?  Ford's experiment was considered a falure and they went back to ragtops.

At least their sales pitch for the idea included the cast of I Love Lucy!

Have a great Wednesday!


  1. I know someone with one of these all the way over here in the UK! He hires it out for weddings and in fact turned up to ours in it and ferried himself & some mates to the reception in it! Oh and actually took us home that night in it with the top down, just remember that! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. LOVE it. I don't even like Fords but suddenly I want a NEW one!

  3. Thanks for sharing that commercial. I love the concept that the new Ford is so amazing, Ricky thinks it's just part of Lucy's crazy imagination. Wish they made stylish cars like that today.


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