BUBC13DB 1953 Ford Sunliner Hard Top Dark Blue (1:43 Scale)
"One thing is certain: There is great development ahead for the automobile."
- The American Magazine, Things I've Been Thinking About by Henry Ford, February 1936
In 1952, the Ford line was refreshed, although remaining similar to the all-new 1949 Fords. This time, curved one-piece windshield glass joined a new "Mileage Maker" straight-6 engine. The 226 in (3.7 L) L-head straight-6 was replaced by an overhead valve 215 in (3.5 L) Mileage Maker with 101 hp (75 kW), while the old 239 in (3.9 L) Flathead V8 remained with 110 hp (82 kW).
Additionally, the model lines were reshuffled, with the base model now called "Mainline" and mid-level called "Customline". The top "Crestline" included the "Sunliner" convertible, "Victoria" hardtop, and "Country Squire" wagon. Inside was a "flight-style" control panel and new pedals suspended from below the dashboard. The grille sported a single center "bullet" surrounded by a chrome ring as well as "jet intake" corner markers.
The big news for 1953 was the availability of power-assisted brakes and steering, which had previously been limited to the Mercury and Lincoln lines. The center grille bullet lost its ring and was now flanked by vertical black stripes, while the corner markers were plain rectangular lights rather than the circular "intakes". All 1953 Fords featured commemorative steering wheels marking the company's 50th anniversary. William Clay Ford paced the Indianapolis 500 in a Sunliner convertible with a dummy Continental kit. This was also the last year for real wood trim on the Country Squire wagon.
Pictured here is an awesome 1:43 scale diecast replica of a 1953 Ford Sunliner hard top painted in a dark blue with a white hard top. This limited edition vehicle comes complete with a certificate of authenticity. Very rare and hard-to-find piece hence the higher price. Sold Out!
Length: 5 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inch