The history of Buick is the history of the automobile industry. In 1903, Buick began with one of the few cars that had the essential goodness to survive fifty years of this industry’s relentless striving for constant betterment.
Today, for 1953, it introduces a new line of automobiles that are truly the forerunners of another new era in motoring.
The 1953 Buick brings you more power, with an entirely new kind of V-8 engine in the SUPER and ROADMASTER – a power package that has the lowest weight per cubic inch displacement and the highest compression ratio in automotive history.
Buick now makes America’s roomiest six-passenger car as easy to handle as much smaller ones -by ingeniously reducing ROADMASTER’s wheelbase, over-all length and turning radius, without sacrificing an inch of its interior dimensions.
Buick now sets an entirely new standard of value in a new SPECIAL that is thriftier to operate and priced just above the “low-priced three” – yet beats even last year’s ROADMASTER from zero to thirty miles an hour. Buick now introduces a new kind of Dynaflow Drive, called Twin-Turbine Dynaflow -that is faster on the getaway as well as quieter, and that changes all previous concepts of torque converter transmissions.
So you can be sure that, beneath the brilliant new styling of these Golden Anniversary Buicks, a golden opportunity has been made of this occasion to contribute in many vital ways to the advancement of automotive progress.
In this corsair of the highway you live a motoring life like nothing you ever knew before – feel joyously free as the winged creature that gave its name to this Buick.
The 53 Buick Skylark is styled for those whose motoring tastes call for extra flair, whose choice runs to slick beauty and rakish lines. Note the chrome plated wire wheels, each with 40 individual wire spokes. With the top up, the Skylark stands less than five feet high, is luxuriously fitted with soft-tanned choice cowhide available in four handsome color combinations.
This modern American sports car is in strictly limited production.
January 5 – Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot has its first public stage première in French as En attendant Godot at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris.
January 14 – The CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel first meets to discuss the UFO phenomenon.
January 20 – Dwight D. Eisenhower succeeds Harry S. Truman as the 34th President of the United States.
February 5 – Walt Disney’s feature film Peter Pan premieres.
February 19 – Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
March 1 – Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke after an all-night dinner with Soviet Union interior minister Lavrentiy Beria and future premiers Georgi Malenkov, Nikolai Bulganin, and Nikita Khrushchev. The stroke paralyzes the right side of his body and renders him unconscious until his death on March 5.
March 19 – The 25th Academy Awards ceremony is held (the first one broadcast on television).
March 24 – Death of Queen Mary, consort of George V of the United Kingdom (b. 1867).
April 13 – Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, in the United Kingdom.
April 20 – Frank Sinatra and the arranger Nelson Riddle began their first recording sessions together at Capitol Records, which would result in some of the defining recordings of Sinatra’s career.
May 6 – Birth of Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
May 16 – Birth of Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor.
May 29 – Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
June 30 – First roll-on/roll-off ferry crossing of the English Channel, Dover–Boulogne.
September 4 – The discovery of REM sleep is first published by researchers Eugene Aserinsky and Nathaniel Kleitman.
October 9 – West German federal election, 1953: Konrad Adenauer is re-elected as German chancellor.
December – Hugh Hefner publishes the first issue of Playboy magazine in the United States, featuring a centerfold nude photograph of Marilyn Monroe; it sells 54,175 copies at $.50 each.
December 8 – Birth of Kim Basinger, American actress.
December 10 – Albert Schweitzer is given the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize.
December 30 – The first color television sets go on sale for about US$1,175.
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