Rare Buick Skylark Convertible To Be Auctioned

The upcoming event at Amelia Island will include the sale of one of only 1,690 Buick Skylark built. The vehicle in question, estimated at $140,000-$180,000, underwent a concours-quality, ground-up restoration, now finished in Reef Blue.

Technical wise, the car comes fitted with a 188 bhp, 322 cu. in. “Nailhead” OHV V-8 engine, Twin-Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle, and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes.

The Skylark has a new white convertible top and boot, excellent restored brightwork, restored original Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke chrome wire wheels with original restored spinners, and new period correct
bias-ply wide whitewall tires from Coker Tire.

The interior was completely restored with new Jenkins leather upholstery and new carpeting based on the correct original patterns and construction techniques. The car is equipped with a restored original electric clock and Selectronic radio, and original and restored 1953 Skylark ashtrays were fitted.

“Fresh, concours-ready and correct in every respect, this American design icon is offered from a private collection specializing in Buicks with a significant personal connection. In fact, the consignor is a descendant of Walter Marr, who manufactured a car of his own design during the early 20th Century and played a pivotal role in the development of Buick’s advanced valve-in-head engine design, an early example of the engineering excellence so characteristic of Buick throughout its history. Beautifully presented and lovingly restored, the attention to detail in this Skylark is remarkable and is sure to impress the true Buick enthusiast,”
a statement from RM Auctions reads.
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