This car was purchased the at a Grand Rapids, Michigan Lincoln dealer’s private auction in the mid 90’s, and had a substitute Michigan VIN, so the Seller decided to depart from his usual practice of collecting only unmodified cars and made a car that he had never seen elsewhere- a restomod treatment on a retractable hardtop Skyliner. This car, which looks stock on the exterior except for the custom-ordered Boyd Coddington wheels and driving lights in the original turn signal location (signals were moved inboard to behind the grill), was updated in almost every respect throughout the 1990’s, including:
- 14k miles driven since restomod work.
- Halogen headlights plus a period-correct set of spotlight rear-view mirrors and a modern center mirror with courtesy lights. Also added correct “Flying Ellipse” mascot.
- Custom Boyd wheels ordered for this car.
- Rack and pinion power steering (might want to update further, turning radius is large and much better equipment is available now).
- Nardi steering wheel with Jaguar center horn actuator.
- Rear air ride controlled from glove compartment allows proper stance whether the top is up or down. This is important, as the top weighs about 1100 lbs.
- Vented power disc brakes, all four corners; rears then removed to allow air-ride installation, replaced with large drums.
- Ford 428ci Police Interceptor engine with all-new accessories including 200-amp alternator and one-of-a-kind custom fuel injection. Cast iron factory headers.
- Custom made aluminum radiator with stainless shroud.
- Gear Vendor’s automatic overdrive behind a rebuilt C-6 three speed transmission.
- 2 ½” dual stainless exhaust
- 9” Ford rear axle with 2.73 gears
- Added 2nd fuel tank (approx. 13 gal.), uses stock filler, plus transfer pump with switch on steering column. Total capacity 28 gallons (approx.). Gauge is switched to show levels in both tanks
- Custom-milled center console with engraved Flying Ellipse, controls for power windows, lock/unlock (also with remote), power seats, large/small cupholders, 12V plugs(2, plus three in drop-down panel in the center dash), and top with indicator.
- Alpine double-DIN stereo with tape, remote, and 3-CD changer, all in-dash, Quart speakers, thumpers under the front seats, all powered by two 75w RSM PPI amps in the luggage bin in the trunk. Power antenna on separate switch.
- Dakota Digital dash
- Custom hotrod-style pushbutton shifter.
- Cruise control
- Vintage Air automatic climate control uses R-134a refrigerant.
- Continental kit (don’t plan on a lot of parallel parking).
- Custom interior, included headliner, bucket seats, door panels, carpet, etc.
The car was painted prior to his ownership and the finish is showing signs of age, including micro-cracking in several areas and flaking in the top’s rain gutters. It is more than usable as-is (I’d call it a 4-5 footer) but he was deciding whether or not to paint before he decided to sell the car. The color scheme is non-standard.
The car runs and drives well, and everything works, including the top. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to get into a Retractible you can drive without hesitation and enjoy without worry.