Lot 111

Amelia Island 2023

1954 Buick Skylark

Offered from the Iannelli Family Collection

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$106,400 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Amelia Island, Florida

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Chassis No.
A1050983
Body No.
G 95
Documents
US Title
  • Offered from the Iannelli Family Collection
  • One of 836 examples built for the 1954 model year
  • Finished in Matador Red over a Red leather interior
  • Well-preserved 1990s restoration
  • Equipped with suite of standard power equipment including seats, windows, top, brakes, and steering

Following the success of the inaugural, limited-production Buick Skylark of 1953, a new version of this “dream car for the public” was introduced for 1954. Like the original, it was based upon a factory convertible, now with new flush-sided styling. Each was factory-customized with unique cut-out front fenders, their inner wells finished in a contrast color to the body—all the better to display the Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels. Exclusive exterior and interior trim included a unique hood ornament and heat-pressed “waffled” upholstery along with a reshaped rear deck lid, flanked by sculpted rear fenders bearing large chrome tailfins.

In a throwback to the proto-muscle car Buick Century of years past, the Skylark was based on the smaller, lighter Special platform with the larger, more potent Roadmaster engine, and thus had excellent performance. Buick advertised the model as a “Sport Convertible,” emphasizing that power.

This was the final season that the Skylark would be sold as a limited-production convertible “halo car” before disappearing from production for several years, only to reemerge for 1961 as a pioneering “compact.” Due to its Cadillac-like price tag, only 836 examples were produced, and they have remained fiercely desirable since new.

The example on offer was the recipient of a nut-and-bolt, concours-quality restoration in the early 1990s. This work has held up remarkably well over the past 30 years, and today, the convertible still shows in fantastic condition. Finished in Matador Red over a red leather interior, the dashboard is accented by black upper and lower. These cars were exceptionally well-equipped from new and feature a number of comfort options including power brakes, power steering, four-way power seats, power windows, and a power-operated top.

In preparation of this sale, the Skylark received a thorough detailing of the exterior and interior. In addition, the mechanical systems were inspected, and the fuel system was serviced. This work included rebuilding the carburetor. Lastly, a fresh period-appearance battery was connected to complete the OEM look.

The 1954 Skylark is among the most tempting of all GM convertibles of its era—truly one of the ultimate Buicks in every way. This beautifully restored model would be an outstanding addition to any collection of American post-war performance luxury cars.