Buick Skylark Convertible Coupe
GM’s legendary Motorama, a dazzling display of the latest technological innovations and stunning designs, reflected America’s forward-looking spirit of the early 1950s. Buick introduced its XP-300 concept in 1951, and although it was well received, the radical car was unsuitable for volume production. Nonetheless, Buick executives were encouraged to consider sportier offerings to mark the GM Division’s 50th Anniversary celebrations for 1953.
The resulting 1953 Skylark Anniversary Convertible, based on the Roadmaster, introduced the new overhead-valve V-8 engine, a 12-volt electrical system, full-radius rear wheel openings, “sweepspear” chrome body accents and much more. The low-slung Buick did not just look the part; it was equipped with a multitude of power accessories to match. Priced from $5,000, just 1,690 1953 Skylarks were produced.
The Skylark returned for 1954, now based on the slightly shorter wheelbase of the Century with a more-powerful engine. The body now featured a wraparound windshield and dramatic wheel-well cutouts finished in contrasting colors, while the rear quarter-panels were cut down and re-formed with chrome taillight housing extensions. Again lavishly equipped, the 1954 Skylark carried a lower base price of $4,483 yet was still more expensive than both the Cadillac Series 62 drop-top and the Roadmaster convertible.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, and in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
200 bhp, 322 cu. in. “Fireball” V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, Twin-Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel, power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122".
Source: RM Auctions
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