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1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Manderin Red Convertible 322cu/188 hp

!!! 2017 Buick Club of America Nationals Show Winner !!!, !! Body off Restoration !!



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Created to mark Buick’s 50th anniversary, the limited-production Skylark was brand-new in 1953. Built only as a convertible and based on the Roadmaster drive train, these were the cars of the stars; Milton Berle, Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason were some of the better-known celebrities who drove them. The Skylark’s exclusive nature was such that Buick engraved the original owner’s name in silver on a tripartite medallion in the horn button.

The Skylark brought a sporty touch to the standard Buick style, and it stood out with features like its rakish 3” lower windshield, dipped beltline and standard genuine Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. A slender version of the chrome “sweepspear” side molding echoed the fender line and traced the debut of full-cutout wheel openings, a styling cue that spread to the main 1954 Buick line. Luxurious trimmings made the Skylark’s interior equally appealing, and soft-tanned cowhide leather seat upholstery, full carpeting and sporty “Dynoc” instrument panel and door trim, were used. Other premium touches included a standard Selec-tronic radio with a power aerial and a hydraulically operated convertible top, windows and front seat.

The new Skylark featured Buick’s new 322 cu. in. “Fireball” Nailhead V8 with 188 horsepower in place of the automaker’s longstanding straight 8, and a 12 volt electrical system, both division firsts.

This car, number 32 of 1,690 is an early build that has received a frame-off nut and bolt restoration and is painted in original Mandarin Red with red & white interior. The painstaking restoration took over a year with great effort in returning the car to exacting original condition, from disassembly and re-chroming of the original spoked wheels to the use of correct washers on the fender bolts, the attention to details on this vehicle earned it a Gold Senior Award and Highest Scoring Post War Award at the 2017 Buick Club of America National Meet.

  • 12 Volt Electrical System
  • Backup Lights
  • Custom Interior Trim
  • Defroster
  • Directional Signals
  • Dynaflow Automatic Transmission
  • Easy-Eye Glass
  • Flexible Spoke Steering Wheel
  • Foamtex Seat Cushions
  • Glare Proof Mirror
  • Heater
  • Kelsey-Hayes Wire Wheels
  • One Piece Windshield
  • Panorama Rear Window
  • Parking Brake
  • Power Antenna
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Steering
  • Power Top
  • Power Windows
  • Selectronic AM Radio
  • Signal Lights
  • White Wall Tires
  • Windshield Washer

Poster for this car is coming soon.

Year: 1953
Make: Buick
Model: Roadmaster
Sub Model: Skylark
Doors: 2
Body Style: Convertible
Exterior Color: Manderin Red
Interior Color: Red and White Leather
Mileage: 10
Engine: 322 cu in V-8
Horsepower: 188
Carburetor: 4 Barrel
Transmission: Twin Turbine Dynaflow Automatic
Condition: Show
Radio: Selectronic AM
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