Lot 227

1954 Buick Skylark

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$187,000 USD | Sold

United States | Fort Worth, Texas

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Chassis No.
A1047113
Body No.
G 39
  • The last of the exclusive Skylarks
  • One of only 836 built
  • An AACA Junior First award winner
  • Beautiful condition throughout

Series 100. 200 bhp, 322 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, two-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent coil-spring front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122 in.

For its second year, 1954, Buick’s Skylark became its own separate series, resulting in a sort of corporate hot rod that was based on the 122-inch wheelbase Special/Century chassis but had the “hot” Roadmaster engine. Yes, Buick called the result a “sports car.” Its bodywork was substantially redesigned, the rear fenders were bobbed and sloped gently downward, and large chrome taillight nacelles were added. A wraparound windshield was shared with other 1954 Buicks, but the wheel cut-outs, which had been enlarged, elongated, and their inner wells had been painted a contrasting color to the body, were exclusive and unusual.

At $4,355, the Skylark continued the tradition of being the most expensive Buick offering, as it was priced at more than $400 above the priciest Roadmaster. It was also the most exclusive, as only 836 sports cars were produced in 1954.

The Skylark presented here was beautifully restored while in the ownership of a former collector. During this time, it was finished in the correct and attractive factory color of Lido Green, with a matching two-tone interior, which features the correct “waffled” fabric. Every element, from the beautiful Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels to the unusual but attractive dark green convertible top, was restored or replaced, and utmost attention to detail and accuracy was paid throughout. The restoration was awarded an AACA Junior National First prize, and since joining the Andrews Collection, it has been consistently well-maintained to that same very high standard of excellence.

The 1954 Skylark, like its earlier 1953 brethren, is an automobile that no collection of 1950s convertibles is complete without. It is a unique car, as it was only produced this one year and has styling features that are stunning and exclusive to the model. The car offered here shows off the design and opulence of this supreme Buick to its full advantage, thanks to an excellent restoration.