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1953 Buick Skylark 53 Original Paint!!! 322 V8 Convertible Harley Earl Designed on 2040-cars

Year:1953 Mileage:97131 Color: paint has great patina with some eggshell cracking
Location:

Black Hawk, Colorado, United States

Black Hawk, Colorado, United States

It is breaking my heart writing up this ad, but I have to liquidate some of the collection to fund a land speed pursuit.  I am offering for sale my 1953 Buick Skylark.  This Skylark is a very original solid driver and a beauty.   It does have some imperfections but I call it character.  The exterior paint has great patina with some eggshell cracking, dings and scratches in the over 60 year old paint.  I have been told by a few different Concours D'Elegance judges the interior was not original but the exterior paint is.  Its nice to get the original paint bonus points at the high-end car shows.  The Skylark has earned several blue ribbons.  The leather seats are in overall good condition but there are a few seam splits in the seat bottom.  The gauges work.  The drive train is solid and original.  There are a few gasket leaks.  The tires have less that 100 miles on them, they are Diamondback Classic wide whitewalls.  The hydraulic top, seats and windows all worked before draining the system.  The body is straight and rust free, spent most of its life in Nevada.  The Skylark comes with a ton of original memorabilia and even the original owners manual.  Again very original and solid blue chip investment grade 53 Skylark.  I need at least 50K cash and will barter on the balance.  I would have a especial interest in a C2 vette, 308, 328, 355, Knuckle or Panhead, jet engines, indian 4 or ???       


The 1953 Buick Skylark was built to commemorate Buick's 50th Golden Anniversary. Buick was GM's founding brand, so this was a big moment in their history. The
 53 Skylark is virtually a production handmade custom car. It was based on the Roadmaster line, however the fenders, doors, quarter panels, window frames, seats were all sectioned and/or modified by hand to obtain that perfect look. They went all out, and spared no expense. Designer, Harley Earl, created the perfect combination of style and performance. A truly elegant piece of rolling art. They did not stop with just the design. As they billed this 4315lb vehicle as a sports car, and it was just that. The 1953 Buick Skylark was the perfect fusion of a luxury and sports car at the time. Every 53 Skylark came fully optioned from the factory. These options included every amenity offered in 1953, such as power brakes, steering, windows, convertible top, seats and even a powered antenna for the foot controlled selectronic radio. Kelsey-Hayes 40 spoke wire wheels with wide white walls were also standard. The 53 Skylark epitomized luxury and class. The elegant leather interior was complimented with the sweepspear moldings and stunning chrome. 1953 was the first year of the 322/188HP V8 OHV nailhead motor. The motor was followed by Buick's twin turbine dynaflow automatic transmission. This combination moved the Skylark to over 100 MPH and could do 0-60 in 12 seconds. Some go with tons of show...


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Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:01:00 EST

General Motors has finished off an extensive model overhaul for its Buick division, but along with its updated cars, the brand might also be getting a new logo. According to the Detroit Free Press, GM North America President Mark Reuss indicated that the Buick tri-shield logo could be getting a makeover, but offered no further information.
It is unlikely Buick will completely redesign or replace its current logo, but the article seems to indicate that it might return to color; although all chrome now, the logo used to feature red, white and blue shields. Head on over to the Detroit Free Press article to look at some past Buick logos including one from 1904.

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Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:14:00 EST

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Previewed in the teaser above, Buick's upcoming new crossover is cloaked and nestled in between its aforementioned stablemates-to-be. Set to be unveiled in China sometime later this year, the model has been confirmed to wear the name Envision - at least in that market. That's the name which the concept version wore three years ago, but we're still waiting on word over whether that name will carry over to the US version or whether we should expect something different like Anthem. But we have to admit that Envision fits better in the brand's crossover naming scheme.
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