Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 15th – 19th, 2014 at Russo and Steele''s 14th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.This exquisite Buick Skylark was a wonderful centerpiece when introduced as part of Buick’s 1953 50th Golden Anniversary celebration. It was designed by Harley Earl as part of the Roadmaster series and its production was limited with only 1690 units reaching dealer showrooms. Available only as a convertible, the Skylark was luxuriously appointed but NOT inexpensive, with a sticker price of $4,355. The Skylark also introduced the first Buick V-8 overhead valve engine replacing the Fireball straight eight that had been under Buick hoods since the 1930’s. Other firsts included power steering and brakes, power top and signal-seeking radio. The legendary Skylark introduced round wheel openings trimmed with chrome to accent the chrome spoked Kelsey Hayes wheels to good advantage. The cut-down beltline underscored the low sleek appearance of the car. A full leather interior and Dy-Nox finished dash was topped off by engraving the owners name on a gold colored plate on the steering wheel hub. A frame on restoration was performed on this car in 1998 and it is still proudly represents it limited edition heritage. 1953 Skylarks have sold at previous auctions at prices ranging from 300 to 400 thousand dollars. The consignor is the fourth owner of this outstanding Skylark. It is all-original in specification and equipment with the exception of added seat belts and an electric fan for Arizona parades on hot days. The third owner did a frame-on restoration in 1991. In addition to Coker wide white walls last year, new and proper LeBaron Bonney carpeting was recently installed. The car runs and looks good.