Buick’s Big Statement
Buick’s 50th Anniversary was in 1953 when GM promoted their Motorama Tour all over the U.S. They came out with the Skylark model which was only available in a convertible. It was Buick’s ultimate statement to the world that it intended to be a preeminent luxury car builder in the U.S. and the world. By 1954 the Skylark was further refined. Buick collectors seem to prefer the 1954 model most of all.
This Gull Gray 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible sold at auction for $200,000 in 2008. It became part of a collection after scoring 398 out of 400 points in the judging at the 2008 Buick Club of America Nationals. It is truly magnificent with its contrasting red leather interior.
The Skylark Convertible is being offered for sale on consignment at Classic Auto Showplace in Troy, Michigan.They tell us the Gull Gray color is very rare and may actually be a “one-off.” They site a Collector Car Market report on the car from when it was sold through RM Auctions. At the time the odometer read 54k miles and the consignor says it has only travelled 311 miles since. Can you say “trailer queen.?” They used terms such as “superb body prep and paint” and “dead-on panel fit” to describe this car.
History tells us that it is one of only 836 ever produced in 1954. It has its own 322 ci Fireball V8 engine, with that super smooth Twin-Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission. These cars were known for their independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs. The ride is so smooth with that live rear axle and semi-elliptical leaf springs. The chrome wire wheels and spinners really make it pop.
Although the body of the Skylark was based on the Buick Century model in 1954, a special rear deck was graphted on with special chrome plated features. The effect is breath taking. With straigher body panels, the ’54 was more desirable in its day and still looks beautiful. It has all the standard features which would have come with the Skylark, including chrome wire wheels with wide whitewall tires and power brakes, steering, seat, top, antenna and windows.
This 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible is truly one of the most desirable classic cars to own. It will be the centerpiece of any top collection.
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Classic Car News This Week
K Code Mustang at Lakeland
A 1965 Mustang K Code Convertible will be crossing the auction block this weekend at Carlisle Events’ Lakeland Collector Car Auction in Lakeland, Florida. (Find the info on the Lakeland Auction on our Car Show Calendar.) Click the link to review dozens of detailed photos and prepare to bid. The K Code Mustang is consigned by Orlando Classic Cars. They have many more auction cars in our New Listings below. The beautiful Mustang has a solid-lifter 289 V8 with a Paxton Supercharger. It also has the Rally Pack option gauges, and a Pony interior and GT equipment. This is the way you want to buy a classic Mustang.
This Weeks Featured Stories
’63 Savoy Super Stock
An historic muscle car has been listed for sale this week. This is a 1963 Plymouth Savoy Super Stock factory creation designed to put Chrysler cars back on Woodward Avenue. The 426 Max Wedge was invented for straight line racing, and it was game on for Plymouth. Early dominance of the NHRA and street racing made them a legend. Click here to review a racing history by Ideal Classic Cars. They listed this Max Wedge Savoy for sale. They tell us this Savoy is one of only 119 super stocks made. The investment grade Mopar is in such nice condition, they suspect it is one of the best ones left. It comes with an original build sheet. They say it has a correct 426 ci Max Wedge V8 mated to a 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. See the photos of the dual 4-barrel cross ram intake on the ad page. This is a significant piece of automotive history. Does your collection have one?
1941 Ford 5-Window Coupe
Wait tilll you here how this 1941 Ford 5-Window Coupe sounds in the video above. This is a tight modern rendition of a ’41 Ford. Its stance looks like a rocket ready to be launched. The video was done by by Unique Specialty & Classic Cars at their facility in Mankato, Minnesota. They have this modern version of a street rod for sale. Powered by the 4.6L SOHC EFI V8 under the hood it is paired up with a 5-speed manual transmission. Subtle flames and lightly frenched headlights set the mood. It rides on Touren wheels with 17″ up front, and 20″ in the rear. The video does it justice.
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Collector Cars with Low Miles
1957 Ford Thunderbird
Orlando Classic Cars specializes in low miles collector cars. But this week they’ve outdone themselves with a pink 1957 Ford Thunderbird which was lightly used these past decades. In fact it had the same owner for 41 years. It will cross the auction block this weekend at the Lakeland Collector Car Auction in Lakeland, Florida. They say this California original classic still has just 13k original miles. It is a true unrestored survivor.
Here are more Low Miles additions this week:
1978 Corvette Pace Car, Reina Int’l Auto, WI, 14k miles
1988 Mustang GT Convertible, Classic Auto Mall, PA, 15,149 verified miles
2006 Corvette 2LT, Imperial Motors, NY, 18,435 original miles
1976 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, Orlando Classic Cars, FL, 19,000 miles
1981 Oldsmobile 98 Regency, Affordable Classic Motorcars, OH, 12,200 orig mi
You’ll find these and hundreds more in our Low Miles Section online now.
Project Vehicles for Restoration
1970 Skylark Convertible
Buick built muscle cars with creature comforts. That was their bag. So their Buick Skylark brand was as well appreciated at the Country Club as it was on the streets. Here is a 1970 Buick Skylark Convertible being offered for sale at Unique Specialty & Classics in Mankato, Minnesota. They say the engine turns free, and that the body and paint will need TLC throughout. Might be an easy restoration though. Click the video walk-around to see for yourself.
The following are just some of the cars available in the Project Car Section this week:
1949 Ford F1 Pickup, Affordable Classics, OH
1960 Chevy Sedan Delivery from Marysville, CA
1961 Cadillac Hardtop from Marysville, CA
1961 Cadillac Series 62 from Marysville, CA
Find hundreds of project cars for sale in the Project Car Section.
Exotic Car Section
You can see all the fresh ads as they are listed each day on the New Listings page.
You’ll find many more modern sports cars listed by year in the Late Model Sports Car Section.
Muscle Car Clones
Chevelles are so popular now that they are getting pretty pricey. So here is your answer. A 1967 Chevelle was listed for sale this week at Classic Lady Motors. It is now a Chevelle SS 396 tribute car. They say there are less than 16k miles on it since the redo. Paint is strong and body has no rust.
The following are more recently listed Muscle Car Clones:
1965 Mustang Fastback, Universal Muscle Cars, MD, Shelby tribute
1965 Chevelle Malibu from W. Chicago, IL, SS Z-16 tribute
1970 Chevrolet Nova, Streetside Classics, TX, SS tribute
1969 Camaro Convertible, Super Sport Classics, FL, RS/SS trim & badging
1968 Chevelle, Super Sport Classics, FL, SS 396 badging
1966 Chevelle, Super Sport Classics, FL, show stopper tribute
1966 Mustang Convertible, Streetside Classics, TN, GT350 Shelby tribute
1964 Ford Fairlane, Haggle Me, Thunderbolt tribute
1970 Chevelle, Streetside Classics, AZ, SS 502 tribute
1968 Camaro, Streetside Classics, TN, SS tribute
1969 Camaro, Streetside Classics, AZ, SS tribute
Deals of the Day
1964 Buick Skylark
After some extensive work was put into this 1964 Buick Skylark Sport Coupe, it developed some engine problems and the owner sold it to Universal Muscle Cars. The body was redone and the engine problems solved, so it is now a very nice driver class car. Universal had it repainted in black metallic finish and rebuilt the aluminum 300 ci V8 engine. After a tune, they say it now purrs like a kitten and runs out smooth on the 2-speed powerglide transmission. While this car is not a trailer queen, it is a really nice driver class car, they say. It will be our DEAL of the DAY on Saturday. The asking price is $16,500.
1931 Ford Model A Roadster
A 1931 Ford Mode A Roadster is on consignment at Classic Auto Showplace in Troy, Michigan. It was the pride and joy of a long-time Model A enthusiast. His family is now selling the car. It recently was gone through by an expert mechanic who made it show ready. A carburetor kit; distributor kit; Battery; Oil; Antifreeze and spark plugs were all it needed to be taken to the Dearborn Motor Muster Event in Dearborn, Michigan. They say it drives well. It will be our DEAL of the DAY on Sunday. The asking price is $23,700.
1955 Oldsmobile 88 2-Door
Another listing from Classic Auto Showplace might peek your interest. This 1955 Oldsmobile 88 2-Door Sedan has only had two owners since new. It was sold in Phoenix originally and lived in Arizona and California until the second owner found it. They tell us it is solid and mechanically well-sorted. The paint was redone in its original colors, Bronze Metallic and Polar White. The power comes from the 324 ci Rocket V8 in front of a 4-speed Hydomatic automatic transmission. It will be our DEAL of the DAY on Monday. Their price is $14,950.
1950 Oldsmobile Futuramic 76
Here is one you don’t see very often. A 1950 Oldsmobile Futuramic 76 was listed for sale through Unique Specialty & Classic Cars out of Mankato, Minnesota this week. You won’t see one that looks this good in the photos very often. They say the Deluxe Sedan has nice paint overall. Chrome and brightwork are okay, but some pitting is noted. You can view extensive photos at the link. And be sure to watch this detailed and interesting walk-around video. This Olds is powered by the 257 ci “Big Six” under the hood that is paired up with an automatic transmission. It is still running off of a 6 volt system. Itwill be our DEAL of the DAY on Tuesday. Their asking price is $18,900.
1976 Cadillac Convertible
When a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible was listed for sale by Blackhawk Motors in Gurnee, Illinois, we knew we had to show it to you here. That is because the price is so right! It has its original 500 ci V8 engine which they say runs great. It has power steering, power brakes, air conditioning and they say the convertible top works as it should. What you see is what you get. Check out the photos. They say the paint would benefit from a good buffing. Problems include electrical issues such as gauges not working and window controls for rear passenger. It will be our DEAL of the DAY on Wednesday. Their asking price is only $15,990.
1977 MGB Convertible
Another interesting offering from Unique Specialty & Classic Cars is this 1977 MGB Convertible. For a little British sports car this one is in pretty nice shape. Take a look at the photos. Then watch the walk-around video for more input. This one has a roll bar. Unique says the paint is largely original, but the body is solid. You can see the top in the photos. The interior shows a little wear, but still serviceable. The parade boot is shown in the photos. Listen to it idle in the video. It will be our DEAL of the DAY later next week. The big surprise is the price. They are only asking $8,000.
It looks as though all roads lead to Mankato this week. Here is yet another DEAL of the DAY value that is being offered by Unique Specialty & Classic Cars out of Mankato, Minnesota. They have a very desirable 1981 Corvette Coupe with T-Tops for sale this week at a very attractive price. Code 25 Red with mirrored T-tops, they say it still has its factory numbers matching 350 V8 under the hood and has a 4-speed manual transmission (that’s the way to drive a sports car.) They say it comes with a clean Carfax, no accidents. See a walk-around video to get up close with it. It will be our DEAL of the DAY late next week. The asking price is $19,900.
Often there are more cars that deserve to be in the DEAL of the DAY than we can schedule for our front page feature. Here is a list of cars that just missed the cut for the DEAL of the DAY this week. Remember, you saw them here first:
|1974 Mercury Cougar XR7||$14,995||Tampa, FL|
|1975 Pontiac Grandville Convertible||$19,500||Morgantown, PA|
|1977 Chevrolet Malibu Classic||$15,500||Morgantown, PA|
|1984 TVR 280i Convertible||$11,500||Morgantown, PA|
|1989 Cadillac Fleetwood Sedan||$17,900||Morgantown, PA|
|1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula||$15,500||Morgantown, PA|
|1993 Mazda Miata Convertible||$11,500||Morgantown, PA|
|1999 Corvette Convertible||$17,995||St Charles, MO|
|1999 Mazda Miata MX-5||$17,500||Morgantown, PA|
|2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP||$13,500||Morgantown, PA|
|2015 Audi Q7||$18,900||Alsip, IL|
Cars for under $10,000:
|1974 Ford LTD Brougham||$8,500||Huntsville, UT|
|1974 Jagur XJ5L||$8,500||Elkhart, IN|
|1986 Dodge D250 Pickup||$7,500||Morgantown, PA|
|2002 Cadillac Seville SLS||$8,500||Morgantown, PA|
|2006 Cadillac DTS Luxury||$8,995||Brookfield, WI|
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