31 October 2012

Collection of Wim Zegwaard

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Lot 107

1959 Ford Fairlane Galaxie 500 Sunliner Convertible

  • Chassis no. 9FC330152C

Sold for £22,400

Est. 200 hp, 292 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine with Edelbrock four-barrel carburettor and intake, automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118 in.

• Power steering and brakes

• Resplendent in Basic Black

• Offered from the Zegwaard Collection

The 1959 Fords were big, brash, and officially beautiful, according to a panel at the 1959 Brussels World’s Fair, which awarded the new Fords the Gold Medal for Exceptional Styling. The Fairlane was Ford’s big car and the Galaxie was the top trim level, offered in in both straight-six and V-8 versions. Of the six styles of the Galaxie V-8, the two most expensive versions were the Skyliner retractable hardtop and the convertible Sunliner. The Fairlane 500 range was accessorized with the top trim options of the Fairlane series. In addition to the extensive chrome found on the base Fairlane, the 500 had additional brightwork on the C-pillars and a double runner chrome strip with a gold anodized insert as side trim underneath the Fairlane 500 scripting.

Finished in black with a light beige hood and an authentic beige, gold, and black interior, it’s hard to imagine a better livery for this big Ford. The restoration is older and still presents well. Equipment includes a power hood, a clock, a radio, power steering and brakes, as well as a column shift for the automatic transmission. This Sunliner is also fitted with a Continental kit and dual exhaust. Under the bonnet, the Y-block engine has been dressed up with aluminium valve covers; an Edelbrock air cleaner, carburetor, and intake; and a Pertronix Flame Thrower ignition coil. This example would likely benefit from a thorough service, after which it will make a fabulous four-place, top down cruiser.

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