Buick celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1953 by putting a Motorama show car in production. Named Skylark, this limited-edition was an ultra-luxury, full-size sport convertible. And it was a Harley Earl creation all the way.
With a rakishly low windshield, doors that dipped 'Darrin-style' at the beltline, and fully open wheelhouses showcasing magnificent Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, the Skylark conferred instant celebrity status on every owner. The final touch: A bold 'Sweep spear' that echoed the contour of the Skylark fender line.
Naturally, the ultra-luxury, full-size sport convertible was priced way beyond every other Buick, at an even $5,000. Standard features included power steering, brakes, windows, seat and top.
Under the hood was a new 188-hp, 322 cubic-inch V8 engine with four-barrel carburetor. The new Fireball V8 replaced the venerable Buick straight-eight in all 1953 Roadmaster models.
This Mandarin Red Skylark is one of only 1,690 built for 1953. The white wheelhouses and brake drums were the factory finish for Skylarks in this color.