Monterey, Jet Center
16 August 2007
This lot is offered without a reserve
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis No. 53 47 89 SX
Blue with blue and white interior - for restoration
Engine: Fireball V8, 322ci., 200bhp at 4,100rpm; Gearbox: Dynaflow three speed automatic; Suspension: front independent, coil springs and rear live axle, rear, leaf springs, telescopic dampers; Brakes: hydraulic drums all around. Left hand drive.
Following the war, the executives at Buick were quick to realize that the American market was ready to spend its money in more outlandish ways and that it was hungry for automobiles that exhibited style and flair in their designs. To promote their products, GM had a traveling stage show featuring fantastical dream cars which would tour the U.S. Several of those 'dream cars' were spun off into production models. Ned Nickles, known for his eccentric nature and embrace of the flamboyant, was chief designer for Buick and a major force behind the styling that Americans were craving. Whenever feasible, Nickles incorporated many popular 'dream car' features into the Buick production.
The year 1953 is recognized by car buffs as a sort of watershed year in which several GM dream cars reached production: the Corvette was introduced by Chevrolet, the Eldorado by Cadillac and the Skylark convertible by Buick. By this time, Buick had justifiably gained a reputation as a styling pace-setter.
The Skylark was the top of the line Buick that came loaded with everything typically only available as options on most other GM products. Skylarks came with chrome plated 40 spoke Kelsey-Hayes wheels, leather interior, a four way power seat and a power radio antenna. The Double Sweepspear trim on the side suggested the rakish lines of the European sports car, and there was even a slight dip in the side door as in the 'cut down' doors of the Jaguar XK120.
One need look no further than the previous lot to see the potential that this car has. It is a sound basis, which on cursory inspection seems to be substantially complete and will no doubt make an excellent project for restoration.
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