Classic Car Profile – 1953 Buick Skylark
In 1953, Buick was celebrating its 50th anniversary. To make the occasion special, the brand introduced the Skylark, a car based on the experimental XP-300. Demand was high for the sports car, and that interest also whirled around the Skylark. Celebrities like Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason were just a few famous celebrities to own Skylarks. Here is a closer look at the build of the vehicle.
Transmission and Engines for the 1953 Buick Skylark
The one transmission placed in the 1953 Skylark was a Twin Turbine Dynaflow. It had a four-element torque converter with two turbines connected in a planetary gear set. This provided a solid connection between the drive shaft and engine. The only engine available for the car was a newly introduced “Fireball” 322 cubic inch V8 that provided 188 horsepower.
Chassis and Suspension
Similar to other GM products, the Skylark had a full-perimeter frame. It had a large 121.5 wheelbase, which delivered a high quality ride. Also, it included a low-restriction exhaust system and resonance-chamber muffler that offered a quiet ride as well. The suspension setup was extremely efficient with the coil springs in each corner and hydraulic lever-arm shock absorbers.
Interior and Exterior Design
The inside of the 1953 Skylark was enticing with its luxurious leather seats, plush carpeting and power windows. The radio was activated by the driver’s feet, and the convertible top dropped down with the touch of a button. They also included a dual heating system on this model.
The 1953 Skylark was only available in a convertible option. Although it made a big impression, the car stood under five feet tall with its solid, sheet-metal design. Most of its body panels were hand modified but based on the popular Buick Roadmaster. The doors were placed low to create a flowing bodyline. The “sweepspear” molding on each side was crafted from flat stainless steel and added to the unique design.
The 1953 Skylark will go down in history as one of the most expensive cars in the Buick line. It continues to be a hot collector’s item, especially since there were only 1,690 built. At the time, an exclusive benefit of ownership was that Buick engraved the original owner’s name on the horn button’s medallion. Today, it still draws a crowd at auctions and often sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars.