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If that's all the details you can provide, then the car is worth very little. Until you get better photos and a description, you have to assume the floors are rusted out, the engine is no good or partly missing, the driver's side of the car is all dented up, the leather interior is chewed up or completely missing, top missing, etc.  Get my point?

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Its still a 53 "BUICK SKYLARK "  and worth at least $22000 by current bid !!!!

Yes it is ruff .

Bill

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15 hours ago, Pete Phillips said:

If that's all the details you can provide, then the car is worth very little. Until you get better photos and a description, you have to assume the floors are rusted out, the engine is no good or partly missing, the driver's side of the car is all dented up, the leather interior is chewed up or completely missing, top missing, etc.  Get my point?

Looks like you're right about the seats and floors, anyway:

 

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Apparently you can translate "to be sold as parts car" to "we don't have a title for it".....hard to believe someone would own that many cars and not have titles for them.....

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Quite amazing selection , very sad , bet many were in better condition when they were placed there and left to rot , like the chieftain , if I were capable.

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I doubt if old Jack ever paid much more than $50 to $100 for any of the cars. Papers are secondary with that stuff. I would guess the indoor storage is a fairly recent thing.

 

I know that because I have the same disease and would have started my hoard in 1971. (Not counting the six cars I left behind when I joined the Navy. They kind of disappeared.) Except for some chance diversions in my life, my family could be disposing of a fleet like that. I can see my Daughter rolling her eyes at the thought now.

 

As it is, I am thinking about building a 4' berm in front of my house.... just to slow them down when they run all my stuff to the curb.

 

Bernie

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Chances are Jack had a farm, turned into an auto salvage yard.  This was the best available, and intended for resale. Paper work exists but without Jack around, tedious to get.  I suspect a little shill work in light of some of that bidding too.  And I don't see much in the way of useable parts either.

 

Ugg!  it hurts to see this type of thing.

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Agree, it's kind of sad. I must say I can't see $22k for the Skylark. Since you can get a nice one for the neighborhood of $60k, that means if you spend more than $40k on the resto you're in the red. I assume whatever is not photographed is very bad or roached or even missing, and since there's no engine photos, I don't think it's worth it.

 

Having said that, it seems old Jack had good taste when it came to junkers. I like the 41 Century, the 40 Continental, the 48 Super Conv, the 64 Stingray. I agree the 54 Pontiac HT looks to be the best of the lot, but I bet the bidding goes too high in the end. Probably all of these are destined to be resto-mods.

 

I'm with Bernie, building my berm right now.

 

Cheers, Dave

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If it's complete. If the buyer does almost all the work himself. If he  spends whatever time it takes to save whatever is savable.  If he is a VERY shrewd shopper. If he is very resourceful. If he doesn't mind breaking even or working for peanuts.  It's doable as a restoration. ...............Or,  if the buyer has very deep pockets, will pay whatever it takes to have it restored, and doesn't care how far underwater he is it's doable as a restoration...............................Bob

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53 Skylarks , probably my favourite Buick , can't afford a restored one , so if 25/30k buys this one , I would like your opinion on what a resto shop in the US would likely charge to carry out nut and bolt restoration , I know what my max budget is so then I would know it is impossible for me and I can stop dreaming.?

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When I got my Desoto, it was worst than this car.It was completely rotted inside ,and the whole outside was completely rusted.Big holes around the fenders,also full of rust, and when I got it, it only had the engine in the engine bay. All the electrical was missing.

 

For 15k, I'd gladly take on this car....If only I had the money....

If you do have interest in having it restored by me, I'd be happy to send some before/after pictures of the Desoto.

 

Yeah, I know the chrome is in bad shape, but from what I know, chroming is really expensive.

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I know it is not yet in showcase condition,  but I think it's fairly good, considering that it was worth less than $700 when I bought it, and now the only thing that still needs to be done is chrome,trim and upholstery, and I spent less than $2000, I'm quite happy....

Lots of hours of hard work though....but it was worth it.

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15k is good , but only someone who has taken on a skylark would know the materials cost so total cost still unknown.

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2 hours ago, Pilgrim65 said:

53 Skylarks , probably my favourite Buick , can't afford a restored one , so if 25/30k buys this one , I would like your opinion on what a resto shop in the US would likely charge to carry out nut and bolt restoration , I know what my max budget is so then I would know it is impossible for me and I can stop dreaming.?

 

We restored a '53 Skylark that was in much worse condition for a client. Sometimes money isn't the only thing. Figure $150k at least for a full on show restoration. Lots of chrome on a Skylark. Complicated hydraulics, complex interior, Dynoc dash. Not an easy car to restore properly.

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27 minutes ago, Restorer32 said:

 

We restored a '53 Skylark that was in much worse condition for a client. Sometimes money isn't the only thing. Figure $150k at least for a full on show restoration. Lots of chrome on a Skylark. Complicated hydraulics, complex interior, Dynoc dash. Not an easy car to restore properly.

Many thanks ,that's what I'd imagined so can stop dreaming and get back to reality. ?

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When I was preteen(50s) my grandfather had two beautiful 53 skylarks, white/ red interior and black/ tan interior PLUS a brown 53 Roadmaster 4 dr and a beautiful 52 special 2 dr http  green with white top. Skylarks he paid $1500 each. Had them all till he died in his 80s.Great family memories in all those cars.

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Barn find realised 25k , probably Ok price and  good project if your very capable and by some of the members amazing finished projects I've seen on this forum  I'm sure  the skills are here. Stand Up if you bought it.?

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Also wonder if a few of those convertibles which sold for prices which appear to me quite low , will be commercially viable projects , i.e. the Lincoln , caddy, packhard and Buick super . Particularly like the Packard . Hope whoever bought these cars will eventually post if they are going to restore.

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No pics.We didn’t find any after grandma and grandpa died. Like so many other parts of life, it’s all recorded in my memory.

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I can't believe it's been a year since I purchased the Slattery 53 Skylark at auction.

 

I really started the restoration in May/2018......lots of rust repairs...floors...rockers..

 

I got the motor to run pretty good....no smoke...transmission feels ok.....

 

I got the car in Rust Defender today.....i thought I'd post an update photo.

 

The goal is a nice driver.....so far so good....lots of work though....but having fun.

 

Thanks,   Mike B in Ct

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