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I had a chance to meet a guy who is a car collector and owner of 30 unique automobiles, almost all of them American built brands. The man in his 60's immediately got engaged in presentation of his vehicle once he saw my interests. Power windows, roof, and front row seat, cruise control system and functioning A/C, the design and hand kraft amazed me. He had even turned the body into a convertible style for me, just to make a statement of the functionality at large. Here is the unique convertible of the old days with the top on its "shoulder".

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Long and low with powerful Thunderbird engines and dual exhausts coming from the rear, Ford-built convertibles were one of the most popular summer cruisers in the 1950s.

In May of 1957, the last of 646 Meteor Rideau 500 Sunliner convertibles rolled off Ford’s Oakville, Ont., assembly line. They were destined for Mercury Lincoln Meteor dealerships in key markets across Canada as a low-priced convertible to compete against Pontiac. In keeping with Ford of Canada’s plural dealership network, Ford Monarch dealerships would get Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner convertibles to sell in the spring of 1957.

Ford of Canada built a total of 34,164 Meteor automobiles in the 1957 model year, with the Rideau 500 Sunliner convertibles representing less than two per cent of production. These cars are very rare — even when they were new.

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