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1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
SPECTACULAR 2-YEAR, NO EXPENSE SPARED RESTORATION JUST COMPLETED NOVEMBER 2010!
OVER $238,000 IN RECEIPTS!
ONE OF ONLY 1,690 PRODUCED!
ONLY 52,173 ACTUAL MILES!
OPTIONS AND FEATURES INCLUDE:
POWER WINDOWS POWER STEERING POWER TOP POWER SEATS POWER ANTENNA HEATER DEFROSTER AM RADIO
RARE AND DESIRED COLOR COMBINATION!
TRULY ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS ICONIC MOTORCAR TO BE FOUND ON EBAY!
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DANIEL SCHMITT & CO CLASSIC CAR GALLERY PRESENTS: 1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Finished in classic Light Patriot Blue trimmed in two-toned Blue and White leather interior and White power convertible top. This spectacular motorcar has been subject to a 2-year, no expense spared restoration with over $238,000 in receipts! I personally believe the investment potential of this iconic motorcar should prove to be tremendous. We are proud to offer what we believe to be one of the finest examples of this rare and sought after model to be found on the market today! Bid with confidence – you not be disappointed in this truly magnificent motorcar!
HISTORY OF THE 1953 BUICK SKYLARK:
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 showcars for the public that were basically production versions of GM Motorama concept cars 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 esentially factory-built custom, the Skylark had a number of firsts for Buick, many that were features first used on the Skylark and later introduced on regular production Buicks. Some examples: Fully radiused rear wheel well openings; lack of the famous "Ventiports" or portholes from the front fenders; the first Buick V-8 engine; 12 Volt electrical system; cut-down door "sweep"; and more. As a very exclusive car when new with a staggering retail price of over $5000 dollars, or over $2000 MORE than the top-line Buick Roadmaster of the same year! Even at this price, Buick was said to have lost thousands on each Skylark sold due to their esentially 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. Again, Skylarks were factory built customs and to this day very few cars have such a presence.
Specifications: 188hp, 322 cu. in. Nailhead V8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, independent front suspension with live rear axle and four-wheel power assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121.5"
1953 marked the 50th anniversary of Buick, a motor company that, despite its humble origins in Flint, Michigan, had developed into a powerhouse within the greater General Motors Corporation and a maker of luxurious automobiles. To mark the occasion, three specialty convertibles were introduced in limited production, each representative of the marque’s leadership in forward-thinking design. Compared to its Oldsmobile Fiesta and Cadillac Eldorado counterparts, 1,690 Buick Skylarks were produced despite their rather steep price of $5,000.
The success of the Skylark 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. Equally impressive was the car’s construction, which, although related to the Roadmaster model, bears body paneling unique to the Skylark, and was virtually handmade. In fact, a sportier stance was achieved by lowering the top and seating position merely a few inches. Today, ownership of all three convertibles constitutes a “Grand Slam” among automotive enthusiasts and an enviable acquisition of considerable historic value.
N.A.D.A. Value ~ $0.00
- DISCOUNT ~ ($154,900.00)
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3455 North Lindbergh Blvd
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