1953 Buick Skylark
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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Concourse Winning 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible For Sale
1 of 1,690 Produced for 1953
Correct Correct 322 V8 Motor Professionally Built
Correct DynaFlow Transmission
Factory Correct Matador Red Exterior with White/Red Pleated Leather Interior
Factory Correct 15 Wire Wheels Wrapped in Wide Whites
10 Bolt Rear Axil
Power 4 Wheel Disk Brakes
Loaded with Factory Options
Complete $450,000 Restoration Done By Harbor Restoration Rockledge, FL Took Several Years to Complete
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For 113 years Buick has provided substantial, unpretentious luxury to everyone from Wall Street bankers to professional athletes. You might say the storied brand has done it all. Its the foundation for todays General Motors Company. Its the foundation for Americas growth in the worlds largest automotive market. And, in the 50s, when Detroit was at the top of its luxury game, fine automobiles like this magnificent Skylark gave serious credibility to the line When better automobiles are built Buick will build them. Commissioned to celebrate the brands 50th anniversary, this fully sorted cruiser is 1 of only 1,690 Skylarks assembled for the 1953 model year. Visually, its some of the coolest metal to ever roll down an assembly line. Thanks to a remarkable combination of smooth power and world-class style, the car sits at the pinnacle of luxury engineering. And, if youre a cultured enthusiast whos looking for a clean, investment grade classic, its the carefully restored masterpiece of your dreams!
The 1953 Roadmaster Skylark was one of three specialty convertibles created to promote General Motors leadership in design and innovation. Like its Fiesta and Eldorado stablemates, the Skylark was a limited-production, hand-made halo that was overwhelmingly admired by the public and rewarded with a very successful sales rate. Today, roughly 60 years later, the cars world- class design characteristics can be found in pretty much every modern automakers aesthetic DNA. And its unique blend of optimistic swagger and unmatched exclusivity make it one of the most coveted classics on the planet.
This stately drop- top is out of an extensive, 5-year restoration that ensured a 100% factory-accurate appearance. The restorers began by thoroughly stripping the cars curvaceous, mostly handmade body. When that heavy cleaning was complete, all those Harley Earl-designed panels were assembled into a correct profile that presents largely blemish-free surfaces. After that thorough test fitting, a correct coat of Mandarin Red paint was teased to a glossy, show-stopping shine. And today, this Skylarks prestigious appearance is a lust worthy representation of one of Americas most glorious eras of motoring. ENGINE Lift the cars alligator hood and youll find a 322 cubic inch Fireball V8 which wears a correct V2248507 assembly stamp and twists a stout 188 horsepower into 300 ft./lb. of low-end torque. Nicknamed the Nail valve, and eventually known as the Nailhead, this fully detailed mill employs greater lift and better duration to create a Kansas- flat power band. Funny thing is: hot rodders of the day actually coined the engines nickname as a derisive description of its puny valvetrain and restrictive plumbing, but they certainly couldnt ignore its stellar power! The proven block has undoubtedly been rebuilt, and probably looks much better today than when it growled off the assembly line. Aesthetically, the mill, which perches a massive air cleaner and big carburetor above factory heads, has been painted a traditional green hue. There are many fresh pieces like pliable belts, a tagged Delco-Remy distributor, a tagged Delco-Remy generator and proven Packard TV R Suppression cables. A glossy firewall, satin fenders and a re-cored radiator frame those pieces in a construct of distinctly American curves. And overall, the engine seems clean, simple and highly functional.
Essentially, Buicks original Skylark is a fully optioned and highly customized Roadmaster. And the firms decision to use its proven C-Body architecture certainly wasnt a bad one as quality and reliability, words rarely uttered in the same sentence as highly customized, remained solid. The basis for this drop-tops solidity is an industrial strength chassis that rides on a correctly restored suspension. At the center of that suspension, a new-for-1953 Twin Turbine Dynaflow, which wears a correct J assembly stamp, twists power to a 10-bolt rear end. At the edges of that drivetrain, power- assisted drums initiate quick, drama- free stops. Turns come courtesy of factory power steering. A single- pipe exhaust system makes good use of a factory replacement muffler. Everything rolls on restored wire wheels, which spin 7.60-15 Coker Classic whitewalls around white inner fenders. And, with a fully sorted undercarriage thats ready to hit the road, this big cruiser would be right at home chauffeuring the family to their favorite dinner spot.
An excellent mix of new world style and old world luxury, this Skylarks correct interior is the perfect place to parade down Main Street. The cars plush benches are stuffed with thick padding, covered in pleated leather and trimmed in era-correct hardware. In front of those seats, a Mandarin Red dash hangs a correct Selectronic radio, a classy clock and chrome- trimmed gauges behind a textured instrument panel. At the base of that dash, high quality carpet is anchored by slick Skylark branded sill plates. At the sides of that carpet, ornate, chrome-trimmed door panels found small power window switches between correct chrome handles. In front of the driver, an intricate, color-keyed steering wheel spins a full horn ring around a customizable centerpiece. And behind the passengers, a snug-fitting cowl snaps over a fully restored trunk that centers an unrestored wheel inside a fifth whitewall tire.
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