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1953 Buick Skylark Convertible

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$150,000 - $180,000

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Mounted on a Roadmaster chassis, the new Skylark was intended to give European grand touring cars a run for their money. With the convertible top in place, the car was less than five feet tall. This one is exceptional having been frame-off restored to the highest standards. The Buick is powered by a 322-cid, 188-hp V-8 engine connected to an automatic transmission. Equipment includes a radio, dual mirrors; power top, windows, seats, radio antenna, steering and brakes. The distinctive chrome wire wheels and wide whitewall tires look incredible with its Majestic White finish and complementary two-tone red and white interior, the low-profile canvas soft-top is black. The spare matches those mounted on the car. Only 1,690 similar cars were produced. This fantastic example comes to us from one of America's most prestigious and respected collections of 1950s convertibles. This Buick Skylark is unsurprisingly a AACA National First Junior and First Senior award winner, along with being an AACA Grand National award winner. Introduced at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in January at the GM Motorama as one of the company's stars of 1953 (along with the Cadillac Eldorado, the Oldsmobile Fiesta and the Chevrolet Corvette), the Skylark was Buick's 50th anniversary model and was reputedly named after a song by Hoagie Carmichael. Promoted as an American-built ultra-modern sports car the Skylark was essentially a factory-customized version of the standard convertible, this limited-production car built on the Roadmaster chassis was based on sketches by Ned Nickles, Buick design chief, and featured styling touches by the famous designer Harley Earl that included elimination of the Buick's trademark portholes. The Skylark also notably featured unique fenders with cutouts for the wheels, gorgeous stainless trim elements and a tasteful, curved windshield that mates with a very low-profile top.

Reference Number 268496

as of 3/19/2014

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