1953 Buick Super 8 ConvertibleSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $80,000-$100,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $38,500


170hp, 322 cu. in. Nailhead V8, Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent front and leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121.5"

Buick ’ s Super for 1950 previewed the GM division ’ s postwar styling for a new decade. Gone was the bolt-on look of the front fenders, and a smooth, clean look was accentuated by Buick ’ s signature ventiports. Introduced in late 1949, the Super featured an incredible front-end grille that is still revered today as a masterpiece of design. 1953, however, would prove to be an even more significant year of new beginnings for the Super. The year marked General Motors ’ 50th Anniversary, and Buick cars benefited from their very own brand-new Nailhead V8s. The engine was an overhead valve, pushrod-style unit similar in design to Oldsmobile ’ s Rocket V8. The vee in the bombsight hood ornament hinted at what lay beneath. In addition to this new 322 cubic inch V8 found on all Roadmasters, the Buick Super 8 also received standard wheel covers and a horizontal trim bar on its rear fenders to complement the distinctive Buick “ sweep spear ” . The best equipped of these Super 8s, however, was the Convertible, which came with power windows, seat, and top as standard fare. The car offered here is one such Convertible. With only 44,000 original miles, it has undergone a full frame-up restoration, the quality of which is evident in the excellent Cherokee Red paint and the virtually flawless body it covers. Whitewall tires flank the optional wire wheelcovers, appropriately finished in black with a bright vee in the center. All chrome and brightwork has been properly restored and well maintained, most noticeably on the gorgeous grille. The eye-catching red theme continues through to the interior as well, where a Wonderbar Radio, complete with foot pedal controls, steals the show. The red dash and carpeting are offset by chrome and black accents.

While the 1953 Skylark has always been the most recognizable of the classic Buicks, thanks to its place in the enviable General Motors “ Triple Crown ” , the Super 8 Convertible was an ingenious product from Buick. The company incorporated the new Nailhead V8 into a luxurious convertible, made power windows, seat, and top standard, and thereby offered the American public an exciting and family-friendly alternative at a fraction of the cost.

Reference Number 10144

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1953 Buick Super 8 Convertible
VIN 16829529 
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