1953 Buick Skylark
Introduced to scratch Buick’s Fiftieth anniversary, the Buick Frisk (offset use of the describe for a product fomite) on one of 3 specialisation convertibles produced in 1953 by Cosmopolitan Motors; the former two were the Oldsmobile Feast and the Cadillac Eldorado. All 3 were express yield vehicles promoting World-wide Motors’ pattern leaders. Of the ternary, the Disport had the almost successful yield run with 1,690 produced. This was considered quite awful sales effort, for the car had a tilt damage in 1953 of slenderly in surplusage of US$5,000. Yet, many languished in trader showrooms and were sold at rebate.
All 1,069 regular-production Skylarks reinforced in 1953 (and bushed 1954) were convertibles. The 1953s were based on the 2-door Roadmaster, having monovular dimensions (omit elevation), well-nigh selfsame gizmo and show equipment, and a Roadmaster ride gearing. In 1953, the framework denomination for the Cavort was 76X, spell the framework identification for the Roadmaster exchangeable was 76R. The few options useable to the Roadmaster transformable emptor were stock equipment to the Lark purchaser, albeit the groundwork damage for the well-equipped Roadmaster transmutable was solitary most US$3,200.
The 1953 Frolic featured V8 mightiness and a 12 v electric scheme, both a kickoff for Buick, likewise as full-cutout rack openings, a styling cue that would brand its way to the master 1954 Buick business. Besides qualification its way into the 1954 Buick cable was the cut-down threshold at the stand of the slope windowpane occupation that bounced choke to vestige some the ass windowpane (or transmutable top). This styling hint stayed with Buick for many eld and can be ground on any routine of machine brands to this day.
1953 Buick Skylark
The 1953 Buick Frisk was a hand-crafted car in many respects. The stampings for the punk, bole lid and a parcel of the translatable tub were the like as the 1953 Roadmaster transformable (and A-one translatable, exemplar 56R). The stampings for the breast fenders, arse fenders, the outer doors, and a parcel of the transmutable tub were unparalleled to the Disport. All Rollick transformable tubs were ruined with versatile amounts of trail makeweight. It is not strange to uncovering a real number of leash makeweight fair buns the doors dear the arse of the windowpane job. The inside doors of the Disport were made from the intimate doors of the 2-door Roadmaster and First-rate by cut the stamping in one-half around collimate with the primer so welding the two pieces rear unitedly in a jig at an lean that produced the requirement threshold dip (see photos of ruined car).
Although thither were many singular pattern features of the 1953 Cavort, one that goes virtually unnoticed now is that the top and seats of the car were lowered a few inches under the Roadmaster and First-rate convertibles. This was achieved not by ever-changing the chassis, personify or abeyance, but by thinning the windscreen about trey inches shorter and threatening the slope windows and transformable top anatomy. To oblige multitude without bumping their heads with the top up, the behind frames and direction tower were lowered.
The wheels of the 1953 Gambol were genuine telegraph wheels, produced by Kelsey-Hayes, with everything chromed preserve for the plated and multi-colour “Disport” centerfield allegory. Although this was highschool stylus in 1953, the wheels were heavier than the fixture nerve wheels, would want periodical truing to livelihood them straightaway and balanced, and needful tubes inside the tires fair when tubeless tires were comely the average, as they were passim the remainder of the Buick contrast.
For 1954, the Lark returned, although radically restyled. This Gambol featured elongate cycle cutouts, the inside of which were useable calico a contrastive coloration to the eubstance coloring. E.g., blackness cars could obtain whiten or red rack wells. The body of the restyled Frolic was aslant into a semi-barrel bod. Ass lights were housed in expectant chromed fins that sticking from the first-rate of the arse fenders.
The car was now based on the all-new shorter 100/Especial bod and not the top-of-the-line Roadmaster/First-rate form, likewise all-new for 1954. Nonetheless, it did part the Roadmaster and 100 powertrain, the highest outturn in the 1954 Buick exemplar card. This powertrain was an evolutionary betterment, but identical standardized to the 1953 powertrain.
The modelling appellative for the 1954 Buick Rollick was “100”, a totally alone naming. The shortstop wheelbase cars were the Buick Exceptional: serial 40, the Buick Hundred: serial 60, and the Buick Gambol: serial 100, albeit a serial of good one framework. All output Buick Skylarks were reinforced as 2-door convertibles. They had the like luxuriousness equipment as the 1953 Buick Skylarks.
Similar their 1953 counterparts, the 1954 Gambol had a figure of unparalleled sheetmetal stampings, but without the give task that went into the 1953 Frolic product. In increase to unequalled figurehead and ass fenders with the prolonged roll cutouts, the 1954 Gambol had a unequalled body with its semi-barrel bod and immense, rounded chromium-plate fins. Interestingly, the hoodlum was likewise alone to the 1954 Frisk in a belittled way. The bonnet embellish was rather unlike from all early Buick models for the 1954 example yr. Nevertheless, this like hoodlum decorate, although singular in sizing to barely this one modelling in 1954, was to foreshadow the conception of the 1955 Buick punk grace exploited on all models of that yr.
The be of the Lark, miscellaneous with the populace’s disfavour for the restyle and its sensed weaken in membership to the Limited/Hundred serial versus the 1953 order with the Crack/Roadmaster serial resulted in miserable sales and the car’s death at the end of the 1954 example yr.
322 in³ (5.3 L) V8
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