For Sale: 1953 Buick Skylark in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible

Ned F. Nickles liked his European sports cars. What the head of Buick's design studio didn't like was driving those cars for long distances. Nickels also owned a brand-new open-top 1951 Buick Roadmaster convertible, built by his employer. It was everything the sporty Europeans weren't: solidly built, substantial, and weathertight with a top that opened and closed at the touch of a button. It was curvaceous, too, but not in the slinky, low-slung style of a true sports car-a style that Nickles admired. Nickles began sketching out some modifications he could make to his Roadmaster come Skylark's body that would incorporate styling cues from across the Atlantic. The mods had to lend his convertible a sports car form, but be realistic enough to be executed by local metal shapers. And as they say the rest is history.

For consignment, a beautifully restored 1953 Buick Skylark convertible. Just the chrome on this car is worth the price of admission, and the paint job is truly to die for, it's that nice. Large and in charge, big and beautiful, this white big kahuna Skylark will definitely be top dog when you pull into a show, which it will stop. Meticulous attention had been paid to every detail right down to the pristine engine which you could eat off of this Thanksgiving. Also all your guests could sit around the engine as it's definitely a big gun. Rub a dub dub, pass the grub, yeah God...Amen!

Nickles had a true stroke, (TIC), of genius when he penned this design, which now had radiused wheel wells, and a pronounced dip carved into the cars belt line. These are accented by the graceful sweep spears in chrome on either side. The front is dripping in chrome with a large toothy grille and wide surround fringe trimming. Outside this shiny boundary are a single headlight in a teardrop headlight bezel along with a small signal light below. The bumper is wide and shiny and has shaved off dagmars which have formed rounds similar to a jet engine. Speaking of jets, a rocket hood ornament resides on top of the bulbus hood which cozies up to the front quarters and are also nicely shaped as they move back to the doors. Just aft of said doors is a bump up which leads us to the tops of the rear quarters that frame the rear wheel wells. The edges of the fenders have dual rocket nose style tail lights, and just below resides another massive perfectly chromed rear bumper with more jet engine rounds in its center. Sleek trunk lines are inside these quarters, and that theme stays true for the perfectly preserved and like new white canvas convertible top. All the steel is rust free, straight, (well curved actually but no dents or dings), and bathed in a primo paint job using Majestic White, an apt name for this beautifully styled vehicle. Just for some giggles more chrome for the knockoff styled wire wheels which are wrapped in wide wide whites. "Heaven, I'm in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak..."

Let's drop the top so we can really inspect the luxurious finery of this interior styling and creative use of color and materials to make this car bleed "rich". Starting with the door panels we see vertical tuck and roll seafoam green leather panels for the uppers and lowers, only interrupted by a curvaceous chrome trimming with a faded square, (white to gray pattern), insert of leather. Here is where the door actuator and power window toggles are located as well as the wing window crank. Below is an aerodynamically molded armrest and central panel in creamy white smooth leather and molded vinyl. Slipping inside everything about this car puts a smile on my face with a front split back bench featuring white bolsters and more white thread stitched tuck and roll seafoam colored leather inserts and wide piping. The rear bench follows up in lock step with the front seat pattern and these big chairs all float in a sea of dark green thick looped pile carpeting which is like new. The dash uses "Dynoc" design cues with round gauges with more of the faded square painted steel emulating the door inserts, and black full metal jacket dash top. Within this in the center is the radio with an ash receptacle on either side in chrome. Below is a series of wide chromed vertical ribs for the speaker covering and a lineup of 3 knobs on either side for air vents, climate controls and lighting. A round clock resides next to the glovebox on the passenger's side and a large spacious glove box for the Mrs. in front of the passenger's side. A power antenna and power top switch are there for the convenience because after all who wants to get out and pull up the "aerial" as this would be so pedestrian!

A true sight to behold as its better than factory in its fit and finish. A big 322ci Fireball V8 is bathed in more shiny perfect seafoam green paint with correct stickers in the valve coverings. On top is a 4-barrel carburetor and on back a Dynaflow 2 speed automatic transmission. The rear pumpkin weighs in at a 3.22 gear ratio. Seen is a massive air cleaner and intake setup above the 4 barrels all in menacing black and shiny like a crazy diamond. Award winning below this hood.

Speaking of signs to behold, the undercarriage is like new with no road dirt, rust or patina, just nicely painted black X framing, red stamped metal floor pans and a shiny exhaust and fuel tank. Perfectly restored independent front suspension and leaf sprung rear suspension are on as well as power drums on all 4 corners. A concours undercarriage. Bring a mirror, as it needs to be seen.

We did not want to mess up this car particularly in the undercarriage so I had to wait two days for a fair weather day, and it was worth the wait. It runs like a dream with cloud like ride, smooth shifting, and all conveniences working swimmingly. A wonderful mechanically sound driver which is easily drivable. I've decided to make a move to the other half!

In its day it would set you back 5,000 dollars which in 1953 was the price of the average house. Folks with some serious dough to pony up could buy these examples, and thank goodness they did, otherwise we could not enjoy the finery in front of your peepers at present.


1953 MOD 53 76X-1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Convertible
STYLE NO 53 4767SX-1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Convertible
BODY NO G1610-Flint Body #
TRIM NO 69W-White & Light Green Leather
PAINT NO 58-Terrace Green

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1953 Buick Skylark
  • Listing ID: CC-1655013
  • Price: $99,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1953
  • Make:Buick
  • Model:Skylark
  • Exterior Color:Majestic White
  • Interior Color:White
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:199
  • Stock Number:4536
  • VIN:17071253
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Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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