Motor City

The Inn at St. John's
25 July 2015
Lot 117

1954 Buick Skylark

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$77,000 USD | Sold

United States | Plymouth, Michigan

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Chassis No.
7A1127916
  • Offered from the Ochsner Automobile Museum
  • The last of the exclusive Skylarks
  • One of only 836 built
  • A high-quality older restoration in great colors
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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.

Buick’s Skylark became its own separate series for its second year in 1954, resulting in a sort of corporate hot rod that was based on the 122-inch wheelbase Special/Century chassis but with 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 cutouts, which had been enlarged, elongated, and had their inner wells 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 offered here is a well-presented, high-quality, older restoration, finished in Carlsbad Black with a full red interior, including correct “waffled” leather upholstery and a black vinyl top. The exterior finish is in good condition overall, and the paint retains a deep, rich shine. The body underneath is straight, and all panels fit properly. The car is equipped with power steering, brakes, and windows; an AM radio; and the standard Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, shod in radial whitewall tires for improved drivability. At the time of cataloguing, it had recorded just over 71,000 miles.

A 1954 Skylark is an essential part of any collection of 1950s American automobiles, and this would be a wonderful example to cruise down Woodward—or take Back to the Bricks in Flint—this summer.