In 1903, the Buick Motor Car Company was formed by David Dunbar Buick who quickly found himself in financial problems. William Crapo Durant gained control of the company which was beneficial for the company, as sales, production, and profit greatly increased. In 1907, over 725 vehicles were produced and one year later, it grew drastically to over 8,800 In 1908, Buick became a founder member of the General Motors Corporation. By 1940, Buick had moved into the higher end and larger car range.
In 1953 Buick introduced the Skylark - a vehicle built to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary and intended to be produced as a limited edition off of the Roadmaster line. Designed by the famous Harley Earl, the car had style and performance. Only available as a convertible, this 4300 pound vehicle had a top speed of just over 100 miles-per-hour and a zero-to-sixty time of around 12 seconds. The interior was elegant, with leather seats and many standard features. During the introductory year, 1690 examples were created making it a highly collectable vehicle even by today's standards.
Even fewer examples were produced in 1954, with just 836 examples. The engine was still the 322 cubic-inch eight-cylinder Nailhead except it was now producing 200 horsepower. A chrome tailfin could now be found at the rear of the vehicle, a unique design that was new at the time. The DynaFlow automatic transmission, air conditioning, and Kelse-Hayes 40-spoke rims were just some of the standard equipment. Of the 836 examples produced in 1954, it is believed that less than 50 exist today.
“Designed by Harley Earl”
“Hershey National First Place Winner”
Engine: 322 cu.in. V8
Transmission: Dynaflow 3-Speed
Weight: 4300 lbs.
Original Cost: $ 4,355.00
Production: 836 – Fewer than 100 exist today
Interior: Red Leather
Options: Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Seats,
Power Windows, Selectronic Radio with Power Antenna