- The second and final model of Buick’s “Sport Convertible”
- Unique 1954-only styling with dramatic features
- Beautiful older restoration with correct interior
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, and displaying 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 muscle car-like 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 car offered here, with the body number 454, is an excellent, well-preserved older restoration, finished in its striking original color scheme of Matador Red over red and white letter interior. It is equipped with Dynaflow automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, power windows, and Selectronic radio. This Skylark remains in very attractive overall condition throughout.
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.