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Back to Back: Early ‘Vette or rare Skylark?

Back to Back: Early ‘Vette or rare Skylark?
The Corvette may be called an all-American hero with heritage going back 65 years. But that doesn’t keep us from comparing a 1953 (first production year model) to a 1954 Buick Skylark convertible. Both are offered for sale during the Texas Classic Auction, on Saturday the 21st at the Convention Center in Arlington with viewing starting this Thursday and Friday.

To start with the Skylark: the model came from the drawing board of Harley Earl and was unveiled together with the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama shows. This car is one of just 836 made for the 1954 model year (built in ’53) with its typical cove-style wheel well cut-outs finished with contrasting inner panels. At $4,483, it was more expensive than Buick’s own Roadmaster convertible (which used the same 190bhp 5.7-litres V8 engine) or even a Cadillac Series 62 convertible. The one seen here is a fully restored car that won 26 awards since the late 1990s including the Restoration Award at the Goodguys Pacific Northwest show in Puyallup, Washington. We like the typical Arctic White over Connolly Red leather upholstery. More details here. Oh - when you like the '54 Skylark but are not so keen on this colours of this one, Worldwide Auctioneers have another one for sale privately...

Can that beat a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette? With its ‘Blue Flame’ six-cylinder that is less powerful, but no doubt more sought after. Offered here is chassis number 209 from the mere 300 that were built for the inaugural year of 1953. Like the Skylark, this car has emerged from a complete restoration by a marque specialist and also looks today just as it did when it left the factory, again in signature white over red. From the auctioneers blurb: “First-year examples are truly rare and rather hard to come by, and those few that are authentically restored to exact factory specifications are even harder to find. This 1953 Corvette, with its attention to detail and master craftsmanship, is a car that will stand tall among the very best on any show field. More here. Your favourite? 

(Words editor, pictures Worldwide Auctioneers)


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