Ten Months Gone: 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner Convertible Full Custom – STILL $22,000

Jan 2021 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

January 15th, 2021 Update – While preparing for our latest Topless Thursday features, we came across a new listing for this ’53 Ford Sunliner we originally featured in March of 2020 that we assumed has long since sold.  The same pictures from last year combined with the same asking price confirm it did not, so we’ve updated the links and info as needed.

June 11th Update:  first featured by us on March 19th, fast forward nearly three months and the private seller of this unique convertible has a  fresh listing with the same asking price.  With the unique claim his car is a “highway cruiser” we’d love to learn what upgrades, if any, have been completed on the suspension besides the eight-inch Granada rear end.

Normally we’re not fans of the Harley-Davidson style denim paints that have been the rage for the past several years, however, this 1953 fuchsia-colored Sunliner Full Custom Convertible currently listed here on Craigslist for $22,000 in Middlesex, New Jersey really caught our eye.   Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a stock example confirms this private seller has his Sunliner priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $24,500 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $17,500.  If you are serious about buying this custom Sunliner, you can start the conversation by calling Frank at (908) 872-4145.  Please note that he’s not able to respond to text messages.

After Ford’s Crestline model range received a major update in 1952 (most notably a revised front independent suspension and a wrap-around one-piece windshield), the following year was Ford’s 50th anniversary. The big news for 1953 was the availability of power-assisted brakes and steering, which had previously been only available on select Mercury and Lincoln models.  All 1953 Fords featured commemorative steering wheels marking the company’s 50th anniversary. Mechanical changes included a two-inch wider tread and a k-bar frame with five cross-members.  William Clay Ford paced the Indianapolis 500 in a Sunliner convertible.

Here’s a clip reviewing the new for ’53 Ford suspension:

The seller’s brief description only indicates the conversion to a more modern powertrain, so you’ll need to review this Sunliner in person to get all of the specifics of the build as well as the quality of the workmanship.  We like the color combination and the overall 1950’s custom vibe this For emanates.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible: Highway cruiser
Full Custom: 1977 351 Ford engine, C4 transmission, 8″ Granada rear
$22K or best offer. NO TRADES

Do you have a Ford Sunliner story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. RS3

    Wow, I’m not a big fan of those “denim” colors either (how exactly do you keep them waxed anyway?) but I agree it works on this car.


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