Hershey | Lot 375
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
$93,500 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
12 October 2018
- Rebuilt engine and transmission
- Recently rebuilt power steering, fuel system, and brakes
- Top-of-the-line Buick from 1953
- One of only 1,690 built
The Skylark was first displayed as a General Motors Motorama car in 1952. It was based on the Roadmaster convertible. The Skylark’s windshield was chopped four inches, while the beltline was cut down and notched at the rear fender line, and the rear-wheel cutouts were rounded and raised to match those in the front fenders. Buick’s trademark “ventiports” were removed, giving it a more streamlined, customized look. A limited-production version of the Skylark was offered the following year to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary. The Buick Skylark joined the Oldsmobile Fiesta and the Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado as the top-of-the-line model for their respective marque and further promoted GM’s design prowess in the early 1950s. The Skylark was offered with a number of luxurious features as standard equipment, which led to a price tag of nearly $5,000. Ultimately, only 1,690 Buick Skylarks were produced in 1953.
This beautiful 1953 Buick Skylark convertible was purchased by the consignor from a large collection. Today, it is presented in a brilliant shade of red with a white convertible top and a two-tone maroon and white interior. When the top is down, a maroon top boot hides the tucked away convertible. The car rides on BF Goodrich Silvertown wide whitewall tires, which are mounted on wire wheels. The car is powered by Buick’s Fireball V-8 engine and is paired to an automatic transmission, both of which have been rebuilt. Power equipment on the car includes power antenna, windows, seat, convertible top, and steering. The two-tone interior features a clock and Selectronic radio; a battery kill switch has also been installed. Recent work on the car includes the rebuilding of the power steering, fuel system, and brakes. The trunk houses a full-size spare with jack. The Skylark is accompanied by an owner’s manual and shop manual.