In 1954, Ford came out with their new Y-block V8 and they were proud of it. To show off the new engine, they came up with a clever little advertising gimmick: 107 Ford Crestline Skyliners were built with a special glass window in the hood, and one was sent to each Ford dealership so potential customers could gaze upon the magnificence of Ford’s new V8 without having to open the hood. Some of these cars also came with extra lights installed in the engine bay to help illuminate the engine for that extra “wow” factor.
These hoods were never meant to be used on road cars and were simply intended to look nice in a dealership showroom. Ford instructed its dealerships to replace the Demo Hoods with normal ones before selling the cars, but for one reason or another, a few of them didn’t. Whether it was from laziness, forgetting about it, or simply to sweeten the deal for a difficult customer, a few of those Demo Hood cars made it out of the dealership with the unique hood window retained. The car pictured here is one of them, and is actually for sale:
Even without the glass hood, the Crestline Skyliner was a cool and relatively rare car. It featured a huge glass panel in the roof that was meant to simulate the feeling of driving a convertible without the downsides of a soft top. Unfortunately, it did result in a bit of a greenhouse effect in sunny areas that could become unpleasant if you didn’t spring for the air conditioning option, but it sure did look cool. And it goes very well with the hood window!