1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

Offer Price: $242,000 US

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"

In 1953, General Motors presented a quartet of special open cars to the American motoring public – the Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac Eldorado, Oldsmobile Fiesta, and Buick Skylark. For 1954, all but the Fiesta would return to their respective showrooms, and the Harley Earl-designed Skylark arrived with several exciting changes. Rather than dressing up the top-shelf Roadmaster, the Skylark was 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. Dramatic cutouts for the wheel wells were finished in contrasting colors, while the quarter panels were cut down and reformed to accept massive chrome extensions housing the taillights. Rich leather seating surfaces and special preparations in fit and finish were all standard on this Buick. The full complement of power equipment, including steering, brakes, windows, seats, top and even a radio antenna, were ‘must-haves’, and the factory correct selectronic radio was uniquely equipped with a floor tuning button. Finally, attractive forty-spoke chrome Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels were shod in wide whitewall tires. With a base list price of $4,483, the Roadmaster was more expensive than both the base Cadillac drop-top and the Roadmaster Convertible. Not surprisingly, only 836 of these cars came off the assembly line and every surviving example remains highly sought after by collectors.

With only 216 test miles since a complete frame-off rotisserie restoration to exacting standards, this factory correct Lido Green Buick with matching two-tone interior is one of the finest 1954 Skylarks we have ever had the pleasure of offering. With its AACA Junior National First Place award as testament to its outstanding 100-point condition, this Buick is well suited for continued show appearances. Every element, from the stunning Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels to the dark green convertible top, has been restored or replaced with utmost attention to detail and professionalism. Along with its 1953 counterparts, this Skylark is one of a select few cars recognized by savvy collectors as a Buick unlike any other – a convertible with style, power and a look that exemplifies the prosperity of postwar America.