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Buick Skylark - 1954
Like many a sequel, the 1954 skylark failed to repeat the impact of its predecessor, the 1953 golden anniversary special convertible that buick misleadingly billed as a sports car. More conventional than the original, the 1954 model had its own virtues, but the novelty had worn off and only 836 were produced. The skylark name would return in 1961 but this time on a compact buick
Top speed of about 105 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8
displacement 322 cu. In. (5.3 l) power rating 200 hp transmission automatic
chassis: Coil-spring suspension, indepen¬dent in front; 4,260 lbs.
Sloping rear end
at 206 in., the 1954 skylark, built on the century series wheelbase, was shorter than the original. This time, however, it had a stronger crossmembered frame. The front end, with the vertical-bar grille, was the same, as was the dramatic side sweepspear. But the scalloped wheel arches were much larger, with the rear deck and fenders sloping dramatically downward to match this curve. Big chrome-plated fins rode the top of the fenders and housed the taillights.
buicks most expensive 1954 model had the marques biggest and most powerful engine, a roadmaster-series 322-cu.-in., 200hp v8. Automatic transmission, power steering, brakes,
seat and top, chrome-plated wire wheels, leather trim and white sidewall tires were all standard
The 1954 skylark was buicks most expensive and luxurious car, but this convertible failed to make the same stir as the 1953 original.
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