1953 Buick Skylark Convertible

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Daniel Schmitt Co.
3455 N Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis, MO

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Saint Ann, MO



Year 1953
Mileage 3948
Engine 8
Doors 2
Transmission Automatic
Make Buick
Model Skylark

Skylark 1953

Title Status Clear
Exterior Color Matador Red
Interior Color White


The exceptional 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible featured here is finished in stunning Matador Red over a complimentary red and white leather interior and white power-folding convertible top. This particular example has just been released from collector ownership and was previously subject to an extensive body-off frame restoration featuring meticulous attention to detail throughout. Today the Skylark presents in spectacular condition, having been driven only 3,948 miles since restoration. The first production year combination of the 322ci “nailhead” V8 engine and the twin-turbine “dynaflow” transmission perform wonderfully, and this rare and highly sought after Buick is sure to bring many years of enjoyment to its future caretaker! We are proud to offer this exceptional 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible to the most astute collector, investor, or enthusiast who appreciates the rarity and level of luxury displayed throughout this iconic American model. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years, with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014, and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment that you can actually enjoy? Please contact John Sherman, one of our expert sales consultants, at (314) 291-7000 or [email protected] for more information. He will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence.

One of the most stunning Harley Earl design exercises of all time, the 1953 Buick Skylark is one of the most legendary GM cars ever built. Part of Earl's "Triple Crown" of limited production, hand-built show cars for the public that were basically production versions of GM Motorama concept cars were produced to showcase GM's world-leading designs. The "Triple Crown" consisted of the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, the 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta, and the 1953 Buick Skylark. Most consider the Skylark to be the best looking of the three. As Buick was 50 years old in 1953, the Skylark also served as a stunning anniversary special for the company. As an essentially factory-built custom, the Skylark had many firsts for Buick, many that were first used on the Skylark and later introduced on regular production Buicks. Some examples include the first Buick V-8 engine, 12 Volt electrical system, cut-down door "sweep," and more. The Skylark was one of the most expensive motorcars of its era with a price new of $5,000, $2,000 more than the more traditional 1953. Even at this price, Buick was said to have lost thousands on each Skylark sold due to their essentially hand-built nature. Fenders, doors, and quarter panels were sectioned and modified by hand to create the perfect stance, along with a custom "chopped" and chromed convertible top frame, windshield, door glass, and specially constructed and lowered seats to compensate. The Skylark's success was undoubtedly due to its numerous trendsetting features, such as V8 power, a 12-volt electrical system, full cutout wheel openings, and stylish "sweepspear" chrome body accents, which would find their way onto future Buick models. Only 1,690 Skylark Convertibles were assembled for 1953, of which as few as only 100 are estimated to exist today, meaning that examples today are highly sought after by some of the world’s most premier collectors.


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