One Year Gone: 1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner Convertible Full Custom – Sold?

Mar 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

April 21, 2021 Update – while this Shoe Box Ford “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

March 2, 2021 Update – Our hunch in mid-February just came true.  With Spring now imminent we’re starting to see rides pop up for sale that we assumed hand long since sold.  This interesting denin-painted ’53 Ford Sunliner is back on the market by the same owner.  For the first time, however, they’ve lowered their asking price to $19,000.

February 17, 2021 Update – while this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for updated listings.

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 last relisted in March 2021 for $19,000 (down from the original ask of $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. As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review indicates the revised ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $13,500 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $21,700 for a stock example.

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.

Here’s the seller’s revised description:

“1953 Ford Sunliner Convertible: Highway cruiser PRICE REDUCED!
Full Custom: 1977 351 Ford engine, C4 transmission, 8″ Granada rear
was $22K now reduced to $19K or best offer. NO TRADES
PHONE CALLS ONLY!!! Text not available

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.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *