1. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  2. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  3. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  4. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  5. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  6. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  7. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  8. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  9. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  10. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  11. 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

Lot Number
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1954 Buick Skylark Convertible
The Texas Classic Auction

CHASSIS NO: 7A1082957
• 26-time award winner; accompanied by restoration receipts
• Exceedingly rare as 1 of just 836 examples produced
• Iconic GM Motorama-inspired prestige model for 1954
• Limited miles since restoration; detailed engine bay and undercarriage
• An undisputed stylistic and engineering landmark

Series 100. 322 cid “Fireball” OHV V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 200 HP, Twin-Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel, power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 122"


For 1953, General Motors released a stunning quartet of special Motorama-inspired, top-of-the-line convertibles for sale to the American motoring public – the Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac Eldorado, Oldsmobile Fiesta, and Buick Skylark. For 1954, all but the Fiesta returned to GM dealer showrooms, with the Harley Earl-designed Buick Skylark now based upon the shorter Century chassis with a 122-inch wheelbase length. Ample power was delivered by a higher-output version of Buick’s game-changing 322 cubic-inch “Nailhead” OHV V-8 engine, now rated at 200 horsepower at 4,100 rpm thanks to a compression boost, matched to Buick’s smooth-shifting Twin-Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission. While the 1953 Skylark formed part of Buick’s Roadmaster model line-up, it now enjoyed unique status for 1954 as the single-model Series 100 in recognition of its unique, top-line positioning and limited-production cachet.
As in 1953, the updated 1954 Skylark’s body was reworked, with significant hand labor used in the assembly process at the factory. Very much a factory-built custom car featuring a host of cutting-edge restyling techniques of the era, the 1954 Skylark included dramatic, cove-style wheel well cut-outs finished with contrasting inner panels, while the upper rear-quarter panels were cut down and topped with distinctive chrome extensions housing the taillights. Richly patterned leather upholstery was standard on the Skylark, along with a heater/defroster and abundant power features operating the brakes, front seat, steering gear, convertible top, windows, and even the AM radio antenna. Attractive 40-spoke Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels and wide whitewall tires rounded out the many appointments of the highly equipped Skylark. Priced from $4,483, the 1954 Skylark was more expensive than both the Cadillac Series 62 convertible and Buick’s own Roadmaster convertible. Just 836 Skylarks – less than half as many as in 1953 – were produced in all for 1954. Today, all surviving examples are sought-after by astute collectors worldwide.
This 1954 Buick Skylark continues to benefit handsomely from a complete, ground-up restoration performed during the late 1990s. No fewer than 26 awards and accolades have been earned by this Skylark on the Pacific Northwest show circuit, including the Restoration Award at the Goodguys Pacific Northwest show in Puyallup, Washington. Correctly and handsomely finished in Arctic White over fresh Connolly Red leather upholstery, this Skylark is outstanding in presentation with restored brightwork by Art Brass of Seattle, a canvas convertible top by Electron Top Mfg. of Richmond Hill, New York, and body seals and rubber items from Steele Rubber Products. Consistent with the rest of the car, both the engine compartment and undercarriage are detailed. Riding on 15-inch chrome wire wheels mounting radial wide whitewall tires, this Skylark has covered fewer than 2,000 post-restoration miles at the time of cataloguing and comes with restoration receipts, original manuals, and California registration documents from the late 1970s. Best of all, the Skylark is reported to run very well. Simply put, this very fine 1954 Buick Skylark stands proudly as both a stylistic benchmark and an American motoring icon exemplifying the dynamic, growth-oriented spirit and incomparable styling emblematic of postwar America during the 1950s.

1954 Buick Skylark Convertible
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