Frame Off Restored Skylark Convertible 322 Fireball V8 Dynaflow Auto Trans
- Condition: Used
- Make: Buick
- Model: Skylark
- Type: Convertible
- Doors: 2
- Year: 1953
- Mileage: 6,134
- Color: Burgundy
- Engine size: 322 Fireball V8
- Transmission: Automatic
- Interior color: White
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1953 Buick Skylark
SUMMARYFresh out of a 5-year restoration that ensured factory-correct aesthetics
Owned by one family for the last 30 years
Correct 322 cubic inch Fireball V8
Correct Twin Turbine Dynaflow 2-speed automatic transmission
Correct Mandarin Red paint
Correct White & Red leather interior / Factory power windows / Correct Selectronic radio
Correct 15-inch wire wheels
Factory power steering / 4-wheel power drum brakes
10-bolt rear axle
1 of 1,690 Skylarks produced for the 1953 model year
For 113 years Buick has provided substantial, npretentious luxury to everyone from Wall Street bankers to professional athletes. You might say the storied brand has done it all. It's the foundation for today's General Motors Company. It's the foundation for America's growth in the world's largest automotive market. And, n the '50s, hen Detroit was at the top of its luxury game, ine automobiles like this magnificent Skylark gave serious credibility to the line "When better automobiles are built Buick will build them". Commissioned to celebrate the brand's 50th anniversary, his fully sorted cruiser is 1 of only 1,690 Skylarks assembled for the 1953 model year. Visually, t's some of the coolest metal to ever roll down an assembly line. Thanks to a remarkable combination of smooth power and world-class style, he car sits at the pinnacle of luxury engineering. And, f you're a cultured enthusiast who's looking for a clean, nvestment grade classic, t's the carefully restored masterpiece of your dreams!
The 1953 Roadmaster Skylark was one of three specialty convertibles created to promote General Motors' leadership in design and innovation. Like its Fiesta and Eldorado stablemates, he Skylark was a limited-production, and-made halo that was overwhelmingly admired by the public and rewarded with a very successful sales rate. Today, oughly 60 years later, he car's world-class design characteristics can be found in pretty much every modern automaker's aesthetic DNA. And its unique blend of optimistic swagger and unmatched exclusivity make it one of the most coveted classics on the planet.
Owned for over 30 years by the same family, his stately drop-top is fresh out of an extensive, -year restoration that ensured a 100% factory-accurate appearance. The restorers began by thoroughly stripping the car's curvaceous, ostly handmade body. When that heavy cleaning was complete, ll those Harley Earl-designed panels were assembled into a correct profile that presents largely blemish-free surfaces. After that thorough test fitting, correct coat of Mandarin Red paint was teased to a glossy, how-stopping shine. And today, his Skylark's prestigious appearance is a lust worthy representation of one of America's most glorious eras of motoring.
Lift the car's 'alligator hood' and you'll find a 322 cubic inch Fireball V8 which wears a correct "V2248507" assembly stamp and twists a stout 188 horsepower into 300 ft./lb. of low-end torque. Nicknamed the "Nail valve", nd eventually known as the "Nailhead", his fully detailed mill employs greater lift and better duration to create a Kansas-flat power band. Funny thing is: hot rodders of the day actually coined the engine's nickname as a derisive description of its puny valvetrain and restrictive plumbing, ut they certainly couldn't ignore its stellar power! The proven block has undoubtedly been rebuilt, nd probably looks much better today than when it growled off the assembly line. Aesthetically, he mill, hich perches a massive air cleaner and big carburetor above factory heads, as been painted a traditional green hue. There are many fresh pieces like pliable belts, tagged Delco-Remy distributor, tagged Delco-Remy generator and proven Packard TV R Suppression cables. A glossy firewall, atin fenders and a re-cored radiator frame those pieces in a construct of distinctly American curves. And overall, he engine seems clean, imple and highly functional.
Essentially, uick's original Skylark is a fully optioned and highly customized Roadmaster. And the firm's decision to use its proven C-Body architecture certainly wasn't a bad one as quality and reliability, ords rarely uttered in the same sentence as "highly customized", emained solid. The basis for this drop-top's solidity is an industrial strength chassis that rides on a correctly restored suspension. At the center of that suspension, new-for-1953 Twin Turbine Dynaflow, hich wears a correct "J" assembly stamp, wists power to a 10-bolt rear end. At the edges of that drivetrain, ower-assisted drums initiate quick, rama-free stops. Turns come courtesy of factory power steering. A single-pipe exhaust system makes good use of a factory replacement muffler. Everything rolls on restored wire wheels, hich spin 7.60-15 Coker Classic whitewalls around white inner fenders. And, ith a fully sorted undercarriage that's ready to hit the road, his big cruiser would be right at home chauffeuring the family to their favorite dinner spot.
An excellent mix of new world style and old world luxury, his Skylark's correct interior is the perfect place to parade down Main Street. The car's plush benches are stuffed with thick padding, overed in pleated leather and trimmed in era-correct hardware. In front of those seats, Mandarin Red dash hangs a correct Selectronic radio, classy clock and chrome-trimmed gauges behind a textured instrument panel. At the base of that dash, igh quality carpet is anchored by slick "Skylark" branded sill plates. At the sides of that carpet, rnate, hrome-trimmed door panels found small power window switches between correct chrome handles. In front of the driver, n intricate, olor-keyed steering wheel spins a full horn ring around a customizable centerpiece. And behind the passengers, snug-fitting cowl snaps over a fully restored trunk that centers an unrestored wheel inside a fifth whitewall tire.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIESA copy of Buick's Automobile Manufacturers Association Consolidated Specifications Questionnaire
A copy of the January, 953 edition of Buick Magazine
A 1953 Buick paint palette
Reproduction factory tags and decals
Reproduction factory literature
A 1953 Buick Shop Manual
A Dynaflow Transmission Shop Manual
Modern literature featuring the 1953 Buick Skylark
A sheet of commemorative stamps
A diecast model
An extra carburetor
Extra interior fabric
Combining a thorough restoration with acute detailing, his investment grade Skylark is one of the best classics money can buy! Add in the car's smooth drivetrain and low production numbers, nd it's virtually guaranteed to gain value AND exclusivity. We all know it's becoming increasingly tough to find top-notch, orrectly restored post-war metal. Don't miss your chance to own one of the coolest Buicks on the planet!