Dec. 10, 2010 at 2:32pm1958 Ford Skyliner Donation

1958 Ford

Recently LeMay-America's Car Museum received a generous donation of a 1958 Ford Skyliner Retractable in restorable condition from Mrs. Barbara Birt. Mrs. Birt informed us that currently the car was not in museum displayable condition but wanted to offer us a car for our vehicle donation program and we could sell the car and the proceeds from the sale would be a donation to the museum.


The car was described to us as “1958 Ford Retractable, 352 ci with 3 spd + OD, new upholstery and carpet, amateur repaint showing wear, runs but engine is unknown condition. Top not working but almost complete. [There is] typical rust on rockers and corners of trunk [and roof] lid.” After the vehicle was assessed by Collection Management volunteers, work began on getting the top operational. It had most of the parts in place and we were able to get the retractable hardtop working again.1958 Ford Retractible 2

Ford Motor Company Produced the Retractable Hardtop "Skyliner" from 1957 through 1959. It was the first retractable hardtop to be mass produced. Operated with by electric motors, the trunk lid on the car opens and the hardtop folds in into a neat package in the trunk. The top sequences through each motion controlled by solenoids, micro-switches, and motors, and is operated with one switch located at the left side of the steering column. It was a marvel of engineering for the time.

Mrs. Birt is a true car lover and she later wrote “At one time I did have it running reasonable well and actually squealed out in front of my house and left some rubber on the road (reliving my teen years)! My only wish is it going to a good home. My cars are like my children. The Museum is the Orphanage until it's adopted. I name all my cars and her name is Poptop. May the Holidays bring a wealth of donations...”.

“Poptop” was sold recently on Ebay via through the Museum’s seller account “A1C1M” with the proceeds going to the museum.

We wish to thank Mrs. Birt for her generous support of LeMay-America’s Car Museum.

Do you have a car you wish to donate? Vehicles may be accepted into the Museum Collection for display as well as to be sold for with the proceeds going to benefit the LeMay Museum. All charitable donations to the museum are tax deductible. More information is available on our  Donation page on our website. 

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