1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible Vehicle Profile

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster
Skylark Convertible
Designer: Harley Earl
The arrival of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to the White House in 1953 with his vow to end the Korean War, which he did also ending wartime automotive production controls, brought a wave of optimism that swept America. General Motors rolled out its Motorama to enthusiastic attendees who saw the most refreshingly original lineup of new and exciting cars in memory.

Among the mainline production cars displayed were four stunningly beautiful styling experiments that wowed those who crowded to see them; Chevrolet's Corvette, Oldsmobile's Fiesta, Cadillac's Eldorado, and Buick's Skylark that reverberated with the show's theme, 'America on the move.' With such enthusiastic interest, all went into production.

While the Corvette was a small 2-place car, the three big cars were handsome 4-place designs for elegant 'personal' touring in grand style. Buick stylists dropped body height four inches below the standard convertible giving Skylark a low, rakish look.

During this time of fender skirts and look-alikes, the Buick men rounded the wheel openings giving skylark a racy profile accented with a single chrome strip from front to rear that dipped aggressively to a 'V' in the front of the rear wheel openings. No port holes and no hubcaps.

At more than twice the price of the Riviera Hardtop Coupe ($2,295), Skylark was built on the longer Series 70 Roadmaster wheelbase and weighed over 4,300 lbs requiring Buick's powerful 322 cid V8.

Skylark was a styling statement as fresh as America's new age of prosperity, but only 1,690 buyers signed on. This car is one of them, now completely restored.

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 3
2018 17
2017 11
2016 10
2015 6
2014 8
2013 10
2012 7
2011 11
2010 8

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$106,700$132,0003
2018$98,765$176,00017
2017$105,014$150,00011
2016$125,185$176,00010
2015$114,008$137,5006
2014$138,735$187,0008
2013$126,000$181,50010
2012$108,993$192,5007
2011$98,677$195,00011
2010$97,167$192,5008

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 17149205
Sold for $126,500
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $132,000
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $61,600
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1953 BUICK ROADMASTER CVTBLE
Sold for $65,100
  2018 McCormick's - # 65
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Chassis#: 16834349
Sold for $93,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 16836085
Sold for $80,300
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1953 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Chassis#: 37012116
Sold for $60,500
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $57,200
  2018 Mecum : Hershey
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $51,700
  2018 Mecum : Hershey
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: NH0013024
Sold for $99,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 16841467
Sold for $100,100
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 17140295
Sold for $148,500
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1953 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible
Sold for $132,000
  2018 Mecum : Houston
 
1953 Buick Skylark
Sold for $86,000
  2018 GAA : Spring Sale
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 16836085
Sold for $73,700
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1953 BUICK ROADMASTER ESTATE WAGON
Chassis#: 16845536
Sold for $101,200
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: V1237097
Sold for $176,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 16820203
Sold for $143,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $121,000
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $90,200
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Buick Skylark168395952019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona $100,000$125,000
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2018 Mecum : Las Vegas$70,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago$60,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago$97,500  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible168428962018 Mecum : Monterey$130,000$125,000$150,000
1953 Buick Estate WagonV18181452018 RM Sothebys : Auburn Spring   
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2018 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2017 Mecum : Chicago$125,000  
1953 Buick Skylark167563912017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle   
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $125,000$150,000
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale $120,000$140,000
1953 Buick Roadmaster Convertible171408152016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction $75,000$85,000
1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon 2016 Mecum Indianapolis$80,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$85,000  
1953 Buick Skylark167479102016 Motostalgia : Amelia Island Auction $140,000$165,000
1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon 2016 Mecum : Kansas City$85,000  
1953 BUICK WOODY WAGON 2016 McCormick's Auction # 60$41,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$102,000  
1953 Buick Roadmaster Convertible 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$27,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2015 Mecum : Indianapolis$155,000$180,000$220,000
1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Two Door Convertible 2015 Leake Auctions Dallas, Tx$95,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$91,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$110,000  
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE 2014 Mecum Chicago$70,000  
1953 Buick Skylark 2014 Mecum : Harrisburg   
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2014 Auctions America Auburn Spring$107,500  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible170598462014 Russo & Steele Scottsdale   
1953 Buick Roadmaster Station Wagon V-8, Automatic169011972012 Mecum Monterey, CA$48,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2012 Auctions America Auburn Spring$78,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible Cancelled Lot 2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic Indianapolis   

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