The Buick Skylark was number three in GM's triple crown Cadillac Eldorado and Oldsmobile Fiesta being one and two.
The name for Buick's dreamcar came from a song recorded in 1942 by Johnny Mercer.
The skylark 53 was originally planned for only a single year's production. Called the "anniversary convertible" it commemorated buick's 50th birthday and came standard with virtually all options.
The 1954 was never planned. It was an encore at the behest of Harley Earl.
Since the entire 1954 Buick model line was new, the skylark had to be completely redesigned for a single model year run.
The front and rear wheel cutouts were drawn back, exposing the inner pannels, a design inspired by the 1953 Buick Wildcat and 1954 Buick wildcat II motorama show cars.
The pannels were painted red on light exterior color cars and white on darker to contrast the body color. At the rear the fenderline had well defined chromed tailfins. Last, buick badged the skylarks 54 with a boldbird-in-flight emblem and replaced the hood ornament with a specially designed version featturing a series of circles and a large "V" at the center.
Under the long hood, buick loaded the skylark with the roadmaster's 200 horsepower Fireball V-8 (5276cc) coupled to a twin-turbine dynaflow automatic transmission.
The 1954 models again offered the full complement of power features (brakes, steering, windows, softtop) as standard equipment and wide whitewall tyres mounted on special 15x6 inch Kelsey-hayes chrom-plated wire wheels.
All buick skylarks (1690 in '53 and only 836 in '54) were convertibles.
Together with the cadillac eldorado '53, skylarks are now among the most expensive vintage american cars of the 50ties and they are very rare.
This car remained in the USA for almost 60 years and was frame-off restored in original colors and interior in the 80ties.
It won the AACA award in 1991.
All original manuals, parts and maintenance books and sale promotion documents of the time are available with the car.
car is located in Belgium , bruges
more pictures on request. We speak dutch, english, french and german.
Tel: 0032 (0) 4220.127.116.11