A ca.-1990 rear view of the 1953 Buick Skylark hardtop after James Ashworth restored it.

The 1953 Buick Skylark hardtop prototype revisited

Captured Lark The prototype 1953 Buick Skylark hardtop If you liked the one-off GM hardtop based on a sporty ’50s convertible design featured on last week’s blog, here’s another: The unique 1953 Buick Skylark Riviera hardtop. Buick began developing the idea for the special Skylark convertible in 1952. Unlike production Buick converts of the...

Upholstery professional D. Chase begins removing the convertible top of a 1984 Buick Riviera, noting how the top was originally installed in order to reinstall it in the same manner. The location of holes, staples, studs and glue are all noted and photographed.

Tip-top convertible roof installation

Not all cars are equal, nor are their convertible tops. No-frills cars are likely to have relatively simple tops, but luxury cars often have more complicated tops, such as the roof covering on the featured 1984 Buick Riviera convertible. Installing one of these tops is no easy task, so replacement of this top was...