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1954 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Designer: Harley Earl

Estimate: $110,000 - $155,000 Without Reserve

Chassis Number: 7A1090889

Decoded: 7=Series 70 (Roadmaster); A=Buick; 1=Flint, MI, assembly plant; 090889=90,889th 1954 Buick scheduled for production at Flint.

Engine: 322 cid OHV "Nailhead" V8

4-barrel Carburetor/200 bhp

3-Speed Dynaflow Automatic Transmission

Power Assisted Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

Odometer: 97,300 miles

Remarkable Styling

Road-Ready Restoration

Better Built by Buick

The Model -Wanting to do something special in 1953, Harley Earl let the design teams at each of GM's top-line divisions create limited edition convertibles. Cadillac released the luxurious Eldorado, Oldsmobile the slimmed down 98 Fiesta and at Buick, the beautiful Skylark. This modified drop-top features Buick's new "Nail-Head", and showed off many cutting-edge design innovations. For 1954, Cadillac continued with the Eldorado, the Olds Fiesta was temporarily retired and Buick brought back the Skylark in a fashion that many consider even grander than the original. With the wheel wells scalloped out and painted accenting colors, magnificent Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels and the restyled rear quarter panels topped with huge chrome-plated tail-light housing, Skylark for 1954 defined what the American automotive scene was all about: big, bold, powerful and an instant status symbol.

The Car - Beauty in motoring is what this 1954 Skylark from Buick represents. Finished in its original hue of Malibu Blue, the sumptuous leather upholstered seats cradle you and feel like a glove as you slip behind the steering wheel of the outstanding convertible. Restored several years ago, it presents nicely, and best of all, turn the key, press the accelerator pedal and listen to the Buick V8 come to life. Slipping the lever into drive and you are whisked away back to the 1950's as the Sonomatic radio comes to life. Driving is a breeze with power steering, with sure stops coming from power brakes. Power is found to control the front seat position plus raise and lower the windows. The navy blue soft top fits snuggly in the up position and folds neatly into the rear storage well. With its previous restoration aging nicely there are few cosmic issues which can be quickly remedied. Under the hood looks fresh and in order, glass is good all-around. The body panels are smooth with doors, hood, and deck-lid properly aligned. Even the undercarriage is in show-car condition. A legendary car from when Buick built better cars.

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