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 Roadmaster1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster
Skylark Convertible
Designer: Harley Earl
The 1953 Buick Skylark is one of the most stunning Harley Earl design exercises of all time and one of the most legendary GM cars ever built.

Created to mark Buick's 50th anniversary, the Roadmaster Skylark was offered as a limited-production run of 1,690 specialty convertibles. The 1953 list price of slightly in excess of $5,000 was almost 50% more than the well-equipped Roadmaster convertible it was based on.

The new Skylark featured Buick's new 322 cubic-inch (5.3 Liter) Nailhead V-8 engine in place of the automaker's longstanding straight 8. It debuted with full cutout wheel openings, a styling cue accenting its lowered 'Sweepspear,' notched beltline running almost the entire length of the vehicle, a styling cue that was to appear in various forms on many Buick models over the years.

All Skylark bodies were hand-finished with various amounts of lead filler. The inner doors were made by cutting the 2-door Roadmaster's door in two, then welding the pieces back together at an angle to produce the rakish door dip. A more streamlined look was reinforced by lowering the windshield height by almost 3 inches and lowering the side windows and convertible top frame proportionately. Seat frames and the steering column where then dropped to provide the proper amount of headroom and driving position. The wire wheels were produced by Kelsey-Hayes, dripping in chrome except for the plated and painted 'Skylark' center emblem.

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2018 17
2017 11
2016 10
2015 6
2014 8
2013 10
2012 7
2011 11
2010 8
2009 7

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
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
2009$127,750$165,0007

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
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
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $130,000
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 16991019
Sold for $93,500
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1953 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Sold for $23,650
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 

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 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   
1953 Buick Roadmaster 4-Door Sedan 2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic Indianapolis$10,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Buick Series 80 Roadmaster1936 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Brewster
Chassis Num: 2895992
Engine Num: 3052219
Chassis information for the Buick Series 80 Roadmaster1936 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Brewster
Chassis Num: 3052219
Chassis information for the Buick Series 80 Roadmaster1937 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Brewster
Chassis Num: 3027807
Chassis information for the Buick Series 80 Roadmaster1938 Opera Brougham
Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis Num: 83486795
Chassis information for the Buick Roadmaster Series 701947 Estate Wagon
Coachbuilder: Ionia
Chassis Num: 14794589
Chassis information for the Buick Roadmaster Series 701947 Sedanette
Chassis Num: 48066417
Engine Num: 24651480
Chassis information for the Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1948 Sedanet
Chassis Num: 14862969
Engine Num: 50751327
Chassis information for the Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1948 Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 44897500
Engine Num: 51136117
Chassis information for the Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1949 Station Wagon
Coachbuilder: Ionia
Chassis information for the Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1949 Station Wagon
Coachbuilder: Ionia
Chassis information for the Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1949 Station Wagon
Coachbuilder: Ionia
Chassis information for the Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1949 Station Wagon
Coachbuilder: Ionia
Chassis Num: 15275380


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