George Albright

Need advice,and for sale,1953 Buick Skylark convert. See photos

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Dear Friends. I am the attorney for my friend Leonard Jarvis of the Ocala,Florida area.As many of you know I am also an avid car collector and historian. However I need some advice establish a selling price range for Leonards desirable 1953 Buick Skylark convertible,below. Yes it is for sale. It is a solid older restoration that is a little tattered. Use as is or great candidate for a restoration. Runs off of an aux. fuel tank. Power steering and windows. Some body filler where paint is coming off,on lip of hood,just below where convertible top recesses the body on both sides,trunk lid,etc. Body filler does not appear to be deep any where from my examination.I looked under the doors on both sides and the cars frame looked solid. I know it will go over $50,000 in this condition,but that is pretty much the end of my knowledge price wise. Your thoughts? Sale is cash or check or wire only,no trades,no consignments.Thanks,George Albright,Ocala,Fla.  cell weekdays 10-4 ESt 352 843 1624  email  gnalbright@gmail.com

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D Yaros    100

Here, for whatever use it might be, is what the Hagerty Valuation Tool has to say:

Current Values

  • #1 Concours  $188,000
  • #2 Excellent  $143,000
  • #3 Good  $122,000
  • #4 Fair  $73,100

Based on your photos, this appears to fall into the #4 Condition Category.

 

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D Yaros    100
On 4/18/2017 at 0:48 PM, George Albright said:

Thanks for everyones valuable imput! We are going to price the car for sale at $67,000. Sincerely George Albright. cell weekdays 10-4 EST 352 843 1624 email  gnalbright@gmail.com

If/When it sells, do return and let us know the selling price.

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Dynaflash8    183

This car looks like a car I knew in the Annapolis, MD area many years ago.  I could have bought it with 50-some thousand miles on it from the original owner but I didn't have the $500.  It had been sold new by Phipps Buick in Annapolis.  I showed it to a longtime "friend" who then bought it when I wasn't looking.  Last I heard many years ago it was in SE PA.  I know that guy's name, but don't want to put in on here.  Could have bought many of these cars for under $1,000 at the time.  I'd say that was in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  Time flies.  I bought and sold many cars during that time and none are worth too much now, but passed on five of these cars about that time, in Maryland, because I thought they were "too new".  One of life's lessons.

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mercer09    124

This should sell high 40's.

 

the demand is way down on these as everyone is getting older.........

 

a full restoration would easily go for 150k.

 

those price guides tend to be useless, except for insurance purposes.

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9 hours ago, mercer09 said:

This should sell high 40's.

the demand is way down on these as everyone is getting older.........

a full restoration would easily go for 150k.

those price guides tend to be useless, except for insurance purposes.

 

I think you're right, Mercer.  A friend bought one for around

$80,000 a few years ago, and from what he described, it's much nicer. 

If this one doesn't sell readily, no one should feel sheepish about lowering the price.

In a newsletter to customers this spring, insurer Hagerty observed,

talking about 1950's cars in general and 1955-57 Chevrolets in particular:

 

"Generally speaking, 1950's cars haven't been performing all that well

in the market, and that includes what might be the most recognizable

'50's cars of them all--the 1955-57 Bel Airs.  Younger buyers aren't

expressing much interest in these cars, so as owners exit the market,

demand continues weakening. ..."

 

George, if you're still reading these comments, you might want to

speak directly to some Buick Club of America experts.

The B. C. A. even has a "1953-54 Buick Skylark Club" Division, 

whose president is listed as Joanne De Peppo in New Jersey.

If you send me a private message, I could give you her phone number.

Edited by John_S_in_Penna (see edit history)

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