1953 Buick Skylark ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $125,000-$175,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $495,000

Specifications:
188hp, 322 cu. in. Nailhead V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with live rear axle and
four-wheel power assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121.5"

1953 marked the 50th anniversary of Buick, a motor company that, despite its humble origins in Flint, Michigan, had developed into a powerhouse within the greater General Motors Corporation and a maker of luxurious automobiles. To mark the occasion, three specialty convertibles were introduced in limited production, each representative of the marque’s leadership in forward-thinking design. Compared to its Oldsmobile Fiesta and Cadillac Eldorado counterparts, 1,690 Buick Skylarks were produced despite their rather steep price of $5,000.

The success of the Skylark was undoubtedly due to its numerous trendsetting features, such as V8 power, a 12-volt electrical system, full cutout wheel openings, and stylish “sweepspear” chrome body accents which would find their way onto future Buick models. Equally impressive was the car’s construction, which, although related to the Roadmaster model, bears body paneling unique to the Skylark, and was virtually handmade. In fact, a sportier stance was achieved by lowering the top and seating position merely a few inches. Today, ownership of all three convertibles constitutes a “Grand Slam” among automotive enthusiasts and an enviable acquisition of considerable historic value.

The Skylark presented here was acquired by Mr. McMullan in 1997 and should be considered alongside its Fiesta and Eldorado peers, which are also white in color, completing the McMullen Collection’s “Grand Slam” or “Triple Crown” group of cars. It is a very well restored example of Buick’s flagship sporty convertible. The body-off-frame restoration was conducted with utmost attention to detail and professionalism.

Despite a barely noticeable and minor scratch on the passenger side lower body, the paint is very good and well maintained. The same can be said for the car’s chrome and stainless steel, which has been re-plated and polished to excellent condition. The rest of the exterior, glass, and black canvas top are equally well maintained and add to the stunning first impression this Skylark imparts.

The true mark of a great car, however, is its proper handling of even the smallest elements. This Skylark does not fall short in any regard and features a beautifully restored engine bay that has every correct decal, hose clamp, and wiring clip in place. Furthermore, the V8 engine is nicely detailed with proper paint, as is the impeccable undercarriage, refinished in black. Extending to the rear of the car, the same excellent craftsmanship is visible in the trunk, where the spare tire, complete with a Kelsey-Hayes wire wheel, coincides with the four chrome wheels on the ground.

The same level of professionalism continues on through the interior; the black and white leather upholstery is free of any imperfections. The instruments, chrome, and carpeting all appear to be virtually flawless with only minor flaws in the horn emblem and driver’s side vinyl. The workmanship in the door jams is impressive as well, with proper paint and very nice fit. In fact, the car’s many special features, including factory clock and radio, Continental Kit, twin mirrors, as well as power top, antenna, windows, and seats all function seamlessly.

Overall, this particular 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible is in excellent condition and practically concours ready. From its beautiful grille to its trendsetting curvaceous design, the Skylark was truly a luxury convertible with styling to be admired and desired. It, along with its “Grand Slam” or “Triple Crown” companions, represents a rare opportunity to own a part of General Motors’ Golden Anniversary and a crucial milestone in Buick’s history, exemplified in black and white elegance.

Reference Number 8650

as of 4/17/2007

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Car 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
VIN 16747635 
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