1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible / 16977916 Chassis Information

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 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 Roadmaster photograph

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Skylark Convertible
Designer: Harley Earl
Chassis Num: 16977916
Sold for $156,750 at 2014 RM Sothebys.
In 1952, the Skylark was first displayed as a General Motors Motorama car. The car was based upon the Roadmaster convertible and was essentially a factory-built 'sport custom.' The windshield was chopped four inches and the beltline was cut down and notched at the rear fender line. The rear-wheel cutouts were rounded and raised those in the front fenders. Buick's trademark 'ventiports' were absent on the front fenders and the car rode on standard Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels.

A year later, a production version of the Skylark became available in limited quantities in celebration of the company's 50th anniversary. It was powered by Buick's first modern overhead-valve V8 engine, also called the 'nailhead,' which offered nearly 190 horsepower. Included in the nearly $5,000 price tag were power steering, brakes, windows, seat, antenna, and a convertible top.

In total, Buick produced just 1,690 units. For 1954, the Skylark name continued as a limited-production model, and it would re-appear in Buick's lineup for decades.

This example has been given a restoration and is finished in Mandarin Red and two-tone red and cream interior.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014

Chassis# 16977916

2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
Pre-Auction Estimates :$120,000-$160,000 
Sale Price : $156,750

Analysis

Chassis number 16977916 Auction Sales History
2014$156,750

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

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$117,170$176,00010
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 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
 
1953 Buick Skylark
Chassis#: 17057172
Sold for $115,500
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Chassis#: 16922840
Sold for $150,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $115,000
  2017 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1953 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 17144095
Sold for $137,500
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $90,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $85,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Sold for $83,000
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 

No Sale

1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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  
1953 Buick Roadmaster 4-Door Sedan 2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic Indianapolis$12,000  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible170694232012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla$117,500$125,000$160,000
1953 Buick Skylark 2012 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee Florida$87,500  
1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 2011 Branson Collector Car Auction Oct 22, 2011$160,000  

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