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Oldies but Goodies Dinky 1953 Buick Skylark



All toy cars are not toys. Some like this Oldies but Goodies offered circa 1996 by Matchbox Collectibles (Dinky) is intended for the adult collector. Part of a series based on actual cars, this 1953 Buick Skylark is a die cast replica crafted in full detail to a scale of 1:43.

These collector cars came with a Certificate of Authenticity where on the reverse, the details and history of the actual car were given. Right down to the purchase price.

For example, the 1953 Buick Skylark was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Buick. At a selling price of $5,000 it was considered expensive for the day and came with:


Convertible (only)

Full leather upholstery

Tinted glass

Electric antenna

Selectronic radio

Power everything

V-8 engine (a 322 cubic inch power plant that enabled the car to cruise at 100 mph)

Automatic transmission

With lots of  other options

You’ll note that this convertible model features many of the above details. It is even painted in actual colors – Osage Cream body with Saddle Brown interior. It also has rubber white wall tires and a clear plastic wind shield.

The bottom of this model is marked:




Buick Skylark 1953


With there being 70 cars in this series, you’ll have your work cut out trying to collect them all.


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Posted in Diecast and Dinky and Matchbox 5 years, 6 months ago at 7:30 pm.

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