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Frame Off Restored Skylark Convertible 322 Fireball V8 Dynaflow Turbo Automatic

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  • Condition: Used
  • Item location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Make: Buick
  • Model: Skylark
  • Type: Convertible
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1954
  • Mileage: 5370
  • Color: White
  • Engine size: 322 Fireball V8
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Red
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Buick Skylark 1954 Description


1 of 836 Skylarks produced for the 1954 model year
Correct Arctic White paint
Correct Matador Red interior
Correct Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels
Correct power steering
Correct power drum brakes
Era-correct 322 cubic inch Fireball V8
Era-correct Twin Turbine Dynaflow 2-speed automatic transmission
Factory power windows
Factory Selectronic AM radio

So you're a connoisseur of vintage metal, nd now that you've owned tens, aybe even hundreds of classic '50s cars, ou want to go all out and find the best of the best. Of course, e ALL know it just doesn't get any better than an Eisenhower-era convertible. And with that in mind, here are a few top-of-the-line cruisers that might qualify as your 'ultimate'. You could always snatch up a hot '57 Bel Air But as nice as those are, hevrolet's market-dominating production capacity makes true exclusivity null and void. Well okay then, hy not sign the papers on a slick '59 Impala Unfortunately, hat car's bulk and extravagance push things a little too far into modern and weighty. There's always Buick's Holy Grail: the original Skylark But, hile first year 'larks are certainly very cool, heir lack of refinement can sometimes be a deal breaker. In that case, t's a good thing your friends at RK Motors Charlotte are offering this professionally restored Buick Series 100 Skylark! An official member of the 836 cars assembled during the last model year of the original Skylark, his investment grade drop-top is one of the rarest and most desirable '50s collector cars ever produced. Want the ultimate classic to park at shows or parade down Main Street? This Buick is the highly correct masterpiece you've been patiently waiting for!


Introduced as a celebration of Buick's 50th anniversary, he 1953 Skylark was one of three specialty convertibles created to promote General Motors' leadership in design and innovation. Like its Fiesta and Eldorado stablemates, he big Buick was a limited-production, and-made halo that was overwhelmingly admired by the public and rewarded with a very successful sales rate. For the 1954 model year, he marque transitioned to a Century-based replacement that, espite complementing the car's handsome looks with mass-production refinement, as not as well accepted. And by the end of the sales year, entiment was low, umbers were low and GM decided to pull the plug on the tri-shield division's once celebrated line-topper. Today, oughly 60 years later, he car's world-class design characteristics can be found in pretty much every modern automaker's aesthetic DNA. And its unique blend of optimistic swagger and unmatched exclusivity make it one of the most coveted classics on the planet.


The beneficiary of a thorough, rame-off restoration that was completed sometime around 2009, his killer drop-top is one of the coolest Buicks we've ever seen! The restorers began by stripping the car's smooth, arley Earl-designed body all the way to bare metal. When that heavy cleaning was complete, olid panels were assembled into a clean profile that presents largely blemish-free surfaces. After that thorough test fitting, silky coat of correct Arctic White paint was capped with correct Black vinyl and teased to a glossy, how-stopping shine. And today, his Skylark's prestigious appearance is a lust worthy representation of one of America's most glorious eras of motoring.


Lift the car's 'alligator hood' and you'll find a 322 cubic inch Fireball V8 that props a correct Roadmaster assembly stamp in front of a correct 1165165 casting number. Nicknamed the "Nail valve", nd eventually known as the "Nailhead", his fully detailed mill employs greater lift and better duration to create a Kansas-flat power band. Funny thing is: hot rodders of the day actually coined the engine's nickname as a derisive description of its puny valvetrain and restrictive plumbing, ut they certainly couldn't ignore its stellar power! The proven block has undoubtedly been rebuilt, nd probably looks much better today than when it growled off the assembly line. Aesthetically, he mill, hich perches a massive air cleaner and big, -barrel carburetor above factory heads, as been painted a traditional green hue. There are many fresh pieces like pliable belts, n old school generator and proven Belden ignition cables. A glossy firewall meets satin fenders to frame those pieces in a construct of distinctly American curves. And overall, he engine seems clean, imple and highly functional.


While the '53 Skylark was essentially a fully optioned, lightly customized Roadmaster, M decided to build the '54 model on Buick's shorter Century/Special chassis. This certainly wasn't a popular decision at the time, ut it definitely benefits the car today as more precise build techniques and better commonality make restoration and maintenance much easier. The basis for this drop-top's solidity is an industrial strength frame that's married to a correctly restored suspension. At the center of that suspension, new-for-1953 Twin Turbine Dynaflow 2-speed twists power to a factory rear end. At the edges of that drivetrain, ynaflow-mandated power drum brakes initiate quick, rama-free stops. Turns come courtesy of Dynaflow-mandated power steering. A single-pipe exhaust system makes good use of a factory replacement muffler. Everything rolls on familiar Kelsey-Hayes wires, hich spin 7.60-15 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls around "SKYLARK" branded center caps. And, ith a fully sorted, ed-tinged undercarriage that's ready to hit the road, his big cruiser would be right at home chauffeuring the family to their favorite dinner spot.


Loaded with virtually every option in the book, his classic Buick's correct Matador Red interior features a perfect mix of outrageous style and traditional American luxury. The big bench seats, -way adjustable up front, re stuffed with fresh Foamtex padding, overed in correct block-embossed leather and trimmed in pristine stainless brightwork. In front of those seats, Carlsbad Black dash hangs chrome-trimmed gauges behind an electric clock, Selectronic radio and a factory heater. At the base of that dash, igh quality carpet frames matched Buick mats and slick Skylark sills. At the sides of that carpet, hrome-trimmed door panels found small power window switches between bright stainless toppers and correct chrome handles. In front of the driver, flexible-spoke steering wheel spins a full horn ring around an ornate centerpiece. Behind the passengers, lighted trunk hides a fifth Kelsey-Hayes wheel inside a fifth whitewall tire. And, ased on a thorough visual inspection, he car's cockpit appears exceptionally restored, ll the way from its glare-proof mirror to its snug-fitting convertible cowl.


For the sake of authenticity, ere's a short breakdown of the car's VIN and Cowl Tag.


7: Series 75 Roadmaster
A: 1954 model year
1: Assembled in Flint, ichigan
XXXXXX: Sequential Production Number


54-100: 1954 (54) Skylark (100)
54-4667SX: 1954 (54) Buick (4) Century (6) Convertible (67) Skylark (SX)
G774: Body assembled in Flint, ichigan
65B: Matador Red interior (65) that's complete with a Black (B) vinyl top
2: Arctic White paint


A vintage Owner's Guide
A 1954 Buick Shop Manual
A few service records
Some reproduction factory tags

As one of the most exclusive '50s classics money can buy, his investment grade Buick combines a fine restoration with an era-correct drivetrain and acute attention to authenticity. With strong international demand, isenhower-era steel is one of the hottest markets in the collector car hobby. That means pedigreed cars like this super rare Skylark are steadily increasing in value and exclusivity. So, hat are you waiting for? Don't miss your chance to own one of the finest drop-tops on the planet!

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