Lot 33

2015   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2015

1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark

SOLD $121,000


$150,000 - $200,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

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

Technical Specs

322 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
188 BHP at 4,000 RPM
Dynafow Automatic Transmission
Power-Assisted Hydraulic 4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
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From the Peter Klutt Legendary Motorcar Collection

The handsome Skylark offered here from the Peter Klutt Collection is one of just 1,690 produced by Buick to celebrate the GM Division’s 50th anniversary. Marking a sportier new direction for Buick, the Roadmaster-based Skylark was essentially a factory-built custom car with extensive handwork involved; as such, it accurately foreshadowed the personal luxury market that would emerge by the end of the 1950s.

The sole model offered for 1953 without Buick’s trademark ventiports, the Skylark featured headlamps derived from Buick’s XP-300 Motorama show car, slim full-length chrome side molding, fadeaway fenders, lowered seats, and Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels. All standard and optional Roadmaster features were included, except air-conditioning, making the Skylark the best-equipped Buick ever. Priced from $5,000, the Skylark was available starting in January 1953.

Formerly owned by noted Michigan collector John McMullen, this Skylark continues to benefit from a professional body-off-frame restoration completed during his ownership, with care and detailing clearly evident throughout. In mid-2007, it was acquired by Peter Klutt, and from then it was maintained within his highly respected collection and formed a milestone as a member of his Triple Crown grouping of limited-production 1953 GM convertibles. Rare, striking, and cared for by two respected long-term collectors, this 1953 Buick Skylark stands as an important and immensely collectible GM Dream Car.