The 1953 General Motors Motorrama at the New York Waldorf-Astoria was a significant historical event that introduced four of the most unique and desirable production cars in today's collector-car world. The Cadillac Eldorado convertible, the Oldsmobile Fiesta, the Corvette, and one of the most exciting, the Buick 50th Anniversary Skylark convertible, all made their first appearance at the 1953 Motorama. Although built on the standard 121.5 inch wheelbase Roadmaster Chassis, the Skylark body construction and styling was far from standard. The Skylark front and rear fender design was unique with fully radius-ed wheel opening lined with white or red painted inner wells. The standard Roadmaster venti-ports were eliminated. The upper body line dropped down at the rear of the doors, differentiating it from the Special and Super convertibles. The sleek styling was accentuated by a lowered windshield and top. The side and rear-quarter trim was enhanced by curved chrome "Sweepspear" accents that would continue into later Buicks through 1958, and on this model, included special side medallions. This restoration was finished in mandarin red contrasted by a white convertible top. The interior is finished in matching red and white leather with red nylon carpets and floor mats. The instrument panel is color-keyed with Damscene-pattern lower panels. The Roadmaster chassis is powered by Buick's new-for-1953 322CI Nailhead OHV V-8 equipped with a Stromberg 4- barrel calibrator, with a high compression V-8 producing 188 HP the engine and engine carpartment of this Slylark are restored to correct apperance and condition. A standard correct Dynaflow automatic transmission completed the drivetrain. A full compliment of accessories were standard in the Skylark package including power steering, brakes, locks, antenna and seat. Chrome plated Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke 15-inch wire wheels with wide whitewall tires were also standard. This car is number 145 of 1690 Skylark convertibles built for the 1953 model year. Complete 5 year frame off professional restoration in 2017. This is a #1 car, first place junior, senior at AACA and first place at the Buick Nationals. This spectacular Buick will make a statement of quality and style in any collection. This Buick Skylark convertible is an amazing piece of automotive art and may be the nicest Skylark in America.
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Pick of the Day was one-owner vehicle until he reached age 93
Buick launched its compact Special sedan for the 1961 model year, mid-way through the selling season, it added a sport coupe called the Skylark, a name last used by the GM division in 1954.
My Dad and I bought this in 1984.
In addition to Cadillac and Oldsmobile, Buick celebrated its golden anniversary in 1953 with a special edition convertible.
Created to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary, the Skylark joined the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta and Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado as the top-of-the-line, limited-production specialty convertibles.
Created to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary, the Skylark joined the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta and Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado as the top-of-the-line.
Priced at $11,800 or best offer, the Pick of the Day is a 1963 Buick Skylark that might be a nice starter car for someone looking to get into the classic car hobby.