By Brian Earnest

Glenn Barnett owns a fleet of hobby cars and his taste in old vehicles runs the gamut, but nothing has tripped his trigger like the '53 Buick Skylarks. He's been hooked on them since he was young.

"My dad had a '53 Buick Special when I was a kid, and I can remember when I was about 10 years old we pulled in to a grocery store next to one of these (convertibles) and I didn't know what it was," Barnett said. "I thought it was a customized '53 Buick and I was just gung-ho for the thing. I thought it was just beautiful. So I've always wanted a '53 Skylark."

What Barnett, a resident of Beaver Dam, Wis., wound up with is a stunning, Reef Blue example of one of one of the most noteworthy and collectible convertibles of the 1950s, and probably any decade. Only 1,690 of the special two-door Model 76X Skylark convertibles were built for 1953.

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