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

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Skylark Convertible
Designer: Harley Earl
The Buick Skylark followed the same basic formula as the Cadillac Eldorado but differed even more from the regular Roadmaster on which it was based. In addition to cut-down doors, it featured unique front fenders and rear quarters, the latter with full wheel openings, and sweep-spear moldings that swooped up over those openings - a styling signature that would identify Buicks for years to come.

According to the book, 'Buick: A Complete History' by Terry B. Dunham and Lawrence R. Gustin, the Skylark's distinctive appearance was inspired by some personal drawings created by Buick design chief, Ned Nickles for customizing his own 1951 Roadmaster convertible. The division's General Manager, Ivan Wiles like the sketches so much, he ordered a special show car built, to be called Skylark, and the production model evolved from there.


Like its Cadillac and Oldsmobile counterparts, it shared GM's Fisher C-Body architecture, but it did not incorporate the wraparound windshield the other two adopted and it used a conventional boot for the convertible top. Still, its raked windshield afforded the percent of a chopped top and its lack of then-trademark Buick portholes enhanced its clean liens. There was also a touch of influence from the XP300 show car in the front-end. Arguably it was the sportiest of the three in appearance, its sheer size notwithstanding.

Like the Eldorado, the Skylark rode on wide whites and chrome-plated, 40-spoke wire wheels, from Kelsey-Hayes, although the prototypes were Italian Borranis. A Skylark ad from the period proclaimed it a car for people who's 'motoring tastes call for extra flair, whose choice runs to slick beauty and rakish lines.'

Standard equipment included leather upholstery, power brakes and steering, hydraulic windows, Selectronic radio, electric power antenna, an Orlon top, and imitation engine-turned instrument-panel trim. The center of the steering wheel featured a 50th anniversary emblem depicting an antique Buick and the dates 1903-1953.

Power for the Skylark came from Buick's first V-8 engine, also available in 1953 Roadmaster and Century models, which ultimately replaced the straight-eight that had been core to Buick's identity from 1931. The 188 horsepower, 322 cubic-inch 'nailhead-valve' V-8 boasted an 8.5:1 compression ratio, the highest in the industry, and it was mated to Buick's own twin-turbine two-speed Dynaflow transmission.

With the lowest price of the three, $4,596 USD, 1,690 Skylarks were built, including this Carlsbad Black model.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon
Chassis#: 16826421
Sold for $81,200
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
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 Riviera
Sold for $17,000
  2018 GAA : July 2018
 
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
 

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 Skylark169228402020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online $100,000$150,000
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$55,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$190,000$200,000$250,000
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  

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