1953 Buick Skylark 76X


1953 Buick Skylark 76X

1953 Buick Skylark 76X

The limited-production Model 76X Skylark sat atop Buick’s product line for 1953. The luxurious convertible not only took visual cues from Buick’s exotic dream cars, it was the first Buick to be offered with V-8 power. With a modern grille, sweeping lines, cut-down doors, shortened windscreen, round wheel cutouts and chrome running the length of the car, the Skylark reflected the optimism and power of General Motors in the early 1950s, and the public greeted this all-new Skylark with the highest admiration.

As though its lengthy list of standard features, styling, performance and $5,000 price were not exclusive enough, the fortunate original purchasers of the 1953 Skylark could have their name engraved on a gold-colored emblem placed within the steering wheel nub.

1953 Buick Skylark 76X Gallery

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In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
built atUSA
production1690
engineNailhead V8
fuel feedSingle Downdraft Carburetor
displacement5277 cc / 322 in³
power126.8 kw / 170 bhp @ 4000 rpm
specific output32.22 bhp per litre
body / frameSteel Body
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesDrums
rear brakesDrums
f suspensionIndependent
r suspensionLive Axle w/Elliptic Leaf Springs
transmissionTwin-Turbine Dynaflow Automatic

Auction Sales History

1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark 16747635 – sold for $121,000 From the Peter Klutt Legendary Motorcar Collection. Key Component of the GM Triple Crown Convertibles. Well-Maintained Professional Restoration. Formerly in the John McMullen Collection. Rare and Highly Exclusive Landmark Model. One of Just 1,690 Examples Produced.
Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company

1953 Buick Skylark 76X

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 16977916 – sold for $156,750 Offered from the collection of Richard and Linda Kughn. Part of the 1953 General Motors Trifecta. One of the rarest, most desirable Buicks of its era. An excellent restoration in striking colors. Winner of the Dave Holls Trophy at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Auction Source: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions
1953 Buick Skylark 76X
953 Buick Skylark Convertible 322/188 HP, Automatic – sold for $195,000 ew OHV 322 CI V-8 engine. 12 volt electrical system. Fully radiused rear wheel openings. Kelsey-Hayes 40 spoke wire wheels. Stylish “Sweepspear” chrome body accents. Power steering. Power brakes. Power windows. Power seats Power antenna. Selectronic signal seeking radio. Pleated leather upholstery. – Power operated convertible top – Only 1,690 Skylarks were produced in 1953
Auction Source: 2011 Mecum Indy Spring Classic
1953 Buick Skylark 76X

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible – sold for $101,750

A concours-quality, ground-up restoration was recently completed on this exceptional Skylark, beginning with a sound and original car and a 1953 Skylark parts donor car. The restoration work was performed by two highly respected firms, namely the award-winning Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods and Restorations of Knoxville, Tennessee and Jenkins Restoration and Interiors of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, with the stunning results displayed here. Beautifully refinished in Reef Blue, the Skylark has a new white convertible top and boot, excellent restored brightwork, restored original Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke chrome wire wheels with original restored spinners, and new period correct bias-ply wide whitewall tires from Coker Tire.

Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by RM Auctions