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@example.com 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.
Daniel Schmitt & Co. is located in beautiful and historic St. Louis, Missouri. Our dealership spans 4 acres, boasts 3 luxurious showrooms, a state-of-the-art service department, a world-class restoration facility, and is only minutes away from Lambert International Airport. While we offer our cars for online sale and auction, we do also encourage you to visit our beautiful classic car showroom!
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High Retail: $189,900.00
High Retail Value
This vehicle would be in excellent condition overall. It could be a completely restored or an extremely well maintained original vehicle showing very minimal wear. The exterior paint, trim, and mechanics are not in need of reconditioning. The interior would be in excellent condition. Note: This value does not represent a “100 Point” or “# 1” vehicle *.* “100 Point” or “# 1” vehicle is not driven. It would generally be in a museum or transported in an enclosed trailer to concourse judging and car shows. This type of car would be stored in a climate-regulated facility.
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Daniel Schmitt & Company has described the above-mentioned vehicle to the best of our ability. However, as with all pre-owned automobiles, the condition is subjective, and we recommend that the potential buyer fly out to inspect, as well as test drive any of our vehicles before finalizing their purchase. If it is not feasible for you to personally perform an inspection, we will gladly help facilitate an inspection by an independent service center of your choice and will make delivery arrangements of the vehicle for this purpose. All vehicles are sold in “AS IS” condition. Extended warranty options are available on most vehicles. Please be advised that no verbal statements concerning any vehicle constitutes a representation or warranty of said vehicle. Our goal is to provide you with the best service and buying experience as possible. All purchases include an additional $385 processing fee which covers the processing of paperwork, pre-vehicle delivery costs, FedEx shipping fees, and a 30-day temporary registration plate so that the vehicle can be driven prior to the title transfer. (ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please be aware that you will be responsible for the Federal Reserve fee(s) charged for all incoming wires).
In regards to winning bidders and Buy It Now customers: All winning bidders and Buy It Now bidders are encouraged to fly out and personally inspect the vehicle. If you deem the vehicle is not as represented upon personal inspection, we will not only refund your deposit, but will also reimburse your airfare at the cost of a coach ticket. Feedback must be left at the time of delivery upon final inspection.
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The advertised mileage represents the actual miles when the car was posted online. These vehicles are test-driven and actual mileage may vary at the time of sale.
All used vehicles should be assumed to have some degree of wear. We do not manufacture our product. Each vehicle’s brand has its strengths, styles, tendencies, and shortcomings. Despite our best efforts to verify a vehicle’s mechanical condition, we are not able to warranty a manufacturer’s workmanship or a previous owner’s diligence in care of said vehicle. Due to this reason, all vehicles are sold “AS IS”. There are no mechanical guarantees, expressed or implied.
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