Created to mark Buick’s 50th anniversary in 1953, the Skylark joined the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta and Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado as top-of-the-line, limited-production specialty convertibles introduced by General Motors to promote its design leadership. The Skylark’s run of 1,690 units proved the most successful, considering the car’s 1953 list price of slightly more than $5,000, which was almost 50% more than a well-equipped $3,200 Roadmaster convertible that it was based on. That translates into $44,293.07 in today’s dollars but get this—the Chinese built 2016 Buck Envision starts at $42,070. On the other hand, a well-preserved Skylark is worth $177,000 in #1 condition, according to Hagerty’s Price Guide.
You can see a 1953 Skylark similar to the one pictured above at the Cussler Museum that’s dedicated to the preservation of astounding rare and vintage automobiles from all over the world. This extensive collection of over 100 significant automobiles, ranging in years from 1906 to 1965, was started by renowned best-selling author Clive Cussler.
Trivia: Although officially called the Roadmaster Skylark, aficionados will note the lack of the traditional Roadmaster “portholes.”