1953 Buick SkylarkSOLD

RM Auctions - The Florida Collector Car Auction - February 9th - 11th, 2007

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Sold $91,800

The early fifties were a time of wonder and excitement in America. The war was won, the GIs had returned home, were starting families and building businesses. Seemingly insatiable demand for all products – but especially automobiles created one of the country ’ s greatest periods of economic expansion. At the heart of it all was GM ’ s traveling Motorama, a no-holds-barred display of dazzling technology and stunning styling. A series of stunning styling exercises captivated the public – but most were not for sale.

Three very special cars were made available for purchase by a lucky few who could afford the startling pricetags – and who had the influence needed to secure one. They were the Oldsmobile Fiesta, the Buick Skylark, and the Cadillac Eldorado, and they are coveted so highly by collectors today that to own a full set has been called the “ triple crown ” of car collecting.

In 1953, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, the Korean War was wrapping-up, and Elvis was still strumming acoustic guitars – and Buick launched the beautiful new Skylark. The car was striking, with styling cues taken from XP-300 LeSabre concept, and a beautiful swooping beltline never before seen on a Buick. Mounted on a Roadmaster chassis, the Skylark offered exceptional performance, yet with the convertible top in place, the car was less than five feet tall. All told, just 1,690 Skylarks were produced in 1953, making them among the rarest and most desirable of fifties GM convertibles.

The example offered here is a solid and largely unrestored original car that has been maintained both mechanically and cosmetically. Interestingly, it is fitted with a period supercharger, believed to have been installed either before or shortly after delivery – the only example known to be so equipped. Although both presentable and driveable, this unique Skylark would make an ideal and worthy candidate for a full professional restoration.

Reference Number 6657

as of 1/23/2007

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