Estimate: $120,000 - $140,000
- 322-cid, 188-hp V-8 engine
- Dynaflow automatic transmission
- One of 1,690 produced in 1953
- Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels
- Continental kit
- Hydraulically-operated soft-top & windows
- Power steering and brakes
- Exclusive then and now
Model year 1953 brought big news; it was the 50th anniversary of Buick production and the year in which a new V-8 engine was introduced for the Super and Roadmaster models. The year saw Buick produce their seven millionth car, but the biggest feather in their cap was surely the introduction of the exclusive and limited production sport convertible model – the Skylark.
The new V-8 engine utilized in the Skylark displaced 322 cubic inches and developed 188 horsepower and runs with dual exhaust. The standard issue transmission for the Skylark was the Dynaflow automatic. Built on the 121.5-inch wheelbase chassis of the Roadmater, the Skylark weighed in at 4,315 pounds; the car cost just less than $5,000 and had a production of only 1,690 units. Distinctively, it was the only Buick of the Venti Port era to not carry this design feature on its front fender flanks. Buick produced 13 models during 1953 and placed fourth in sales within the industry having accounted for approximately 485,000 total units; a further illustration of just how few of these cars were built.
The 40-spoke Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels were also standard equipment and add to the stunning appearance of this particular car. Finished in a factory-spec color of Mandarin Red with a black soft-top, the Skylark has a white with matching red two-tone interior that creates the luxury this car has always surrounded its occupants with. The car’s low, stylish lines are further enhanced by a large list of standard convenience features such as power steering, brakes, hydraulic top operation, hydraulically-actuated windows and electronically-operated radio antenna. The Continental kit has a chrome tread cover and further detail is found with dual sideview mirrors and wide whitewall tires. Damascene-type dash and door detail, exceptional bright trim details and model-specific badging are also part of this special car.
The Skylark appears to be very nicely restored and retains that custom-made essence from its Golden Year of production. With tremendous life and spirit; sumptuous comfort and ease are attended to by meticulous workmanship and detail. With the 1953 Buick Skylark, your greatest expectations of truly luxurious 1950s motoring will be realized.