Ford Crestline Sunliner Convertible
The arrival of the 1954 Ford models marked the end of the long-running and beloved flathead V8 engine. Its replacement was the modern, overhead-valve “Y-block”, so called by virtue of its deep crankcase design, and while it also displaced 239 cubic inches, the new engine produced 20 more horsepower in its basic form. The Y-block, which was enlarged and further developed over the years, helped Ford overtake archrival Chevrolet in sales for 1954, and continued to power Ford’s passenger cars until 1962.
Styling for 1954 continued the lines of the wider, lower 1952 body redesign with very few changes. Mechanically, Ford models adopted a ball-joint front suspension, which greatly improved ride and handling. Meanwhile, the basic Ford chassis was carefully refined with a wheelbase length that increased by just one-half inch. The appropriately named Crestline Sunliner Convertible topped the Ford model line in 1954.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
130bhp, 239 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115.5".
Source: RM Auctions