1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible Vehicle Profile

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster
Skylark Convertible
Designer: Harley Earl
Beginning in 1903, the Buick Motor Company was rolling out new Buicks, and produced 37 that first year.

James Whiting soon took over and relocated it from Detroit to his hometown of Flint, MI. William C. Durant arrived in 1904 to run it. Durant used Buick profits to buy other manufacturers; this collection became General Motors. Durant wanted each GM division to target just one class of buyer. In his scheme, Buick was slotted near the top, with only Cadillac enjoying more prestige.

Skylark was introduced in 1953 to mark Buick's 50th anniversary; 1,690 were built that year, all convertibles. Standard equipment included power windows, steering and brakes; AM radio; and a 322 CID nailhead V8, all for about $5.000. It had a 12-volt electrical system and full -cutout wheel openings. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, chrome except for the 'Skylark' center emblem, added high style but were heavier than steel and required periodic truing to stay balanced. They also used tubes just as tubeless tires were becoming the norm.

Joe Coppola spotted this car for sale in Hemmings in 2005 in California. It was disassembled but he could tell it was solid and had potential. His son Nick picked it up and on its return to Michigan the restoration began.

Coppola's health soon faltered and he passed away before it was finished. His sons, Nick and Anthony, lovingly completed the restoration as a tribute to honor their father.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

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

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $121,000
  2019 Mecum : Chicago
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $57,500
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Chassis#: 16762137
Sold for $140,250
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster image  
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 16740046
Sold for $77,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $82,500
  2019 Mecum : Indianpolis
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 16828663
Sold for $121,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Chassis#: 16823193
Sold for $69,300
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
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
 

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 Skylark Convertible171426262019 RM Sothebys : Hershey $110,000$130,000
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas$75,000  
1953 Buick Skylark 2019 Fall Carlisle Auction   
1953 Buick Skylark 2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible Coupe 2019 Mecum : Indianpolis$80,000$120,000$150,000
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   

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