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1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE












1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
ID# 16960695
Series 70 Roadmaster. 188 bhp, 322 cu. in. overhead-valve V-8 engine, Twin Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live axle rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes with power assist. Wheelbase: 121.5 in. The Skylark was first displayed as a General Motors Motorama car in 1952, and it was essentially a factory-built “sport custom” that was based upon the Roadmaster convertible. The windshield was chopped four inches, 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; these were all techniques being used by California’s customizers during the same period. The model was noteworthy for lacking Buick’s trademark “ventiports” on the front fenders, and it rode on standard Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. A production version of the Skylark wowed the following year, as it was a limited-production offering that celebrated Buick’s 50th anniversary. The production Skylark was noteworthy both for its beautiful design and as the car that debuted as Buick’s first modern overhead-valve V-8, also called the “nailhead,” which could produce 188 horsepower. Power steering, brakes, windows, seat, antenna, and convertible top were included in the nearly $5,000 price tag, which helped to keep sales to just 1,690 units.
Price: $80,000