1953 Buick Skylark Convertible

General Motors’ 1953 catalogs boasted three unique convertible models, each with its own distinctive features. Cadillac’s Eldorado boasted standard chrome wire wheels and a cleverly concealed top that disappeared beneath a body-color metal cover when lowered.

On the other hand, the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta offered every imaginable factory option except air conditioning, hinting at the upcoming trend of wraparound windshields that GM would introduce in its upscale marques for 1954. However, standing apart from these two was the Buick Skylark of 1953.

Debuting as a highlight of General Motors’ Motorama car show in 1952, the Skylark was essentially a factory-built “sport custom” based on the Roadmaster convertible. It underwent significant modifications including a four-inch windshield chop, a lowered beltline with rear fender notches, and rounded, raised rear-wheel cutouts to match those in the front fenders. Unlike other Buick models, the Skylark notably lacked the trademark “ventiports” on the front fenders and rode on standard Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels.

While the Eldorado and Fiesta were variations of standard convertible bodies, the Skylark represented a departure from the norm. Despite sharing the Roadmaster chassis, it boasted its own unique fender lines and retained a simple curved windshield. Dubbed the “Anniversary Convertible,” it commemorated Buick’s 50th birthday and came generously equipped with virtually all available options.

With 1,690 units produced, the Skylark outsold the Eldorado and Fiesta nearly three to one. Although the Skylark name persisted as a limited-production model in 1954 and beyond, the 1953 iteration remains the most cherished and sought-after by collectors.

Source: Bonhams