Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1953 Buick Skylark convertible

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1953 Buick Skylark convertible

In addition to Cadillac and Oldsmobile, Buick celebrated its golden anniversary in 1953 with a special edition convertible.

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1953 Buick Skylark convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas Auction.

In addition to Cadillac and Oldsmobile, Buick celebrated its golden anniversary in 1953 with a special edition convertible. Buick based the Skylark on the existing top-of-the-line Roadmaster convertible.

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Interior of the Skylark

The Skylark shared its hood and trunk lid with the Roadmaster, but the fenders and doors were unique to the Skylark. Additionally, the windshield was cut down by three inches and the convertible top frame was made to fit while the seat frames and steering column were lowered to maintain passenger space. The Skylark came standard with Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels.

Despite the Roadmaster being a well-equipped car, few features were standard on the Skylark and even fewer options were available, notably air conditioning.

Mechanically, the ’53 Skylarks were the first Buicks with 12 volt electrical systems and the first to be powered by the new 322 cubic inch V8 known as the “Nailhead” due to its visually recognizable valve covers, which go straight up and down.

Buick sold 1,690 Skylark’s in 1953, and less than half as many were sold the following year

Offered by Barrett-Jackson at the Las Vegas auction without reserve from the Tammy Allen collection, this 1953 Buick Skylark convertible has been given a frame-off restoration.

The car features the Continental kit, power windows, power steering, power brakes and leather interior. Additionally, the 322 cubic inch V8 is mated to an automatic transmission.

This 1953 Buick Skylark convertible and the rest of the Tammy Allen Collection crosses the block at no reserve as part of Barrett-Jackson’s ninth annual Las Vegas Auction, October 13-15 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. For more information, visit www.Barrett-Jackson.com. Absentee bidding options powered by Proxibid are also available.

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