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1954 Buick SKYLARK
Model 10
Convertible
Vin Number:  7A1978000

Exterior Color:  Seafoam Green

Specifications:

200bhp, 322 cu. in. Fireball V8 engine, three-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121.5"

For 1953, GM presented a quartet of special open cars to the motoring public with the Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac Eldorado, Oldsmobile Fiesta, and Buick Skylark. All but the Fiesta would return the following year to their respective showrooms, but it was the Skylark that truly stood out from its peers.

Given the 1953 Skylark’s exemplary reception by an eager public and a successful market, every effort was made to produce an even better model for 1954. Rather than dressing up the top-of-the-line Roadmaster, the Skylark was actually marketed as a sports car, thus combining the shorter wheelbase of the Special with the high horsepower version of the venerable Nailhead V8. In addition to the engine, the body was extensively reworked, with dramatic wheel-well cut-outs that were finished in contrasting colors – an American styling touch unique to this marque, drawing on similar designs seen overseas. At the rear, the quarter panels were cut down and reformed to accept massive chrome extensions housing the taillights. The result was a bob-tailed look that lent itself well to the sporty theme the stylists were aiming for.

Lavishly equipped, the new Skylark boasted rich leather seating surfaces, special preparations in fit and finish, and a relatively short list of options, as most every convenience feature was standard. The full complement of power equipment included steering, brakes, windows, seats, top, and even a radio antenna. Sparkling chrome wire wheels, provided to GM from Kelsey-Hayes, set off the overall look of the car and further added a touch of distinction and sportiness. This 1954 Skylark was purchased new by Mr. Amon Carter, founder of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a local icon, his name adorning the local airport and freeway. The handsome convertible was reportedly a gift from GM, as Carter was instrumental in bringing an assembly plant to Arlington, Texas. Upon Carter’s passing in 1955, his Skylark was bought by another gentleman who ultimately sold it to Mr. Davis.

As the car’s third owner, Davis acquired a remarkable survivor that shows just 24,000 actual miles. With the exception of the paint, front seats, and carpeting, the car is reportedly entirely original and benefits from an original interior, detailed engine bay, and complete immaculate, original documentation that includes owner’s manuals, service policy, Delco battery warranty, transmission manual, folding top manual, and an ID card referencing Amon G. Carter. While relatively minor imperfections are visible in certain places, the car is simply astonishing; from its smooth paint, lovely brightwork, restored trunk, original interior, and detailed engine bay and undercarriage – every element is highly presentable. As would be expected, every conceivable power feature is present, as is the properly mounted spare wheel and tire.
With a base list price of $4,483, a 27-percent increase over the cost of a Roadmaster convertible and even more expensive than the base Cadillac drop-top, just 807 Skylarks were produced. Along with its 1953 counterpart, it is recognized by collectors as a Buick unlike any other, indeed an American convertible that has presence, power, and a priceless style worthy of the most selective collections.

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