1953 Buick Skylark Convertible
Lot No. 575
Auctioned on Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sold for $181,500
- Professional rotisserie restoration
- Completed December 2012
- Car correct in all manners
- Restorer has proven show-car record
- Only 1,690 examples built
The Skylark was styled for those whose motoring tastes call for additional flair, sophisticated beauty and rakish lines. Only 1,690 examples of this model were built in 1953, and this one is exceptional in all ways. The Buick is powered by a 322-cid, 188-hp V-8 engine connected to an automatic transmission. Other equipment includes power windows, seats, radio antenna, steering and brakes. The distinctive chrome wire wheels and wide whitewall tires look incredible with the maroon finish and complementary two-tone interior.
The Skylark Convertible has received a professional rotisserie restoration (completed December 2012) that saw the body stripped to bare metal. All flooring and inner body was bead-blasted, epoxy coated and then painted for durability. Its reassembly was with all new nuts and bolts. The Skylark body is laser-straight and the paint reflects these high standards of craftsmanship, as does the completely new leather upholstery by “Jenkins.” In addition, the throttle, shift-linkage, brackets, hood latches and striker plates are freshly copper and nickel plated. The car also has new stainless steel brake and fuel lines and a stainless steel exhaust system. You will also find new wiring harnesses, new hydraulic cylinders, new brakes, wheel cylinders, rebuilt brake booster and rebuilt pump and valve. The chrome is triple-plated – it is stated that “everything is new or rebuilt.”
This fantastic restoration was executed by Mark Barker of Mark Wayne Motors. Mark has been a multiple “Best of Class” winner with prior restorations at the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance – this car is correct in all manners mechanically, cosmetically and detailed to perfection.