Auburn Fall | Lot 5058

1953 Buick Skylark



$148,500 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

31 August 2013

Identification No.
  • Limited production factory custom dream car and one of just 1,690 produced for 1953.
  • First year Buick to feature the 188hp 322cid OHV “nailhead” V-8 engine.
  • Buick’s 50th anniversary celebration car and one of the stars of the 1953 GM Motorama.
  • No expense spared concours quality restoration to original condition.

Buick’s 50th anniversary car was one of GM’s Motorama stars of 1953. This limited-production car was unveiled in July 1952 and was based on the Roadmaster: essentially a factory-customized version of the standard convertible. Styled by designer Harley Earl, the model lacked Buick’s trademark ventiports while riding on chrome wire wheels. The windshield was lowered four inches, the beltline was cut down and notched at the rear fender line, and the rear wheel cutouts were rounded and raised to match the front. Power steering, brakes, windows, seat, antenna and convertible top were included in the nearly $5,000 price tag, which helped to keep sales at just 1,690 units. The Skylark debuted the division’s first modern OHV V-8 engine of 322-cid producing 188-hp, nicknamed the “nailhead."

This outstanding Buick Skylark is an excellent, highly original example that received a no-expense-spared, concours-quality restoration. The body is presented in the brilliant 1953 Skylark color of Osage Cream. The interior is red and white, patterned correctly to original design. The underbody received factory-correct white inner fenders. Chrome and stainless trim are to show-quality standards, while the Skylark exclusive trim, ornaments and badges are all correct. The dash is restored to like new condition. The car’s many features, including factory clock and radio; power top, antenna and windows function like new. Overall, this 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible is in virtually flawless condition and is without doubt concours ready.

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