Needs More Ventiports: 1962 Buick Special “Skylark V8”

The entry level Buick Special returned in 1961 from a two-year hiatus as a compact offering based on GM’s Y-platform (shared with the Oldsmobile F-85/Cutlass/Jetfire, & Pontiac Tempest/LeMans).  The base model was powered by the Fireball V6, but if  you had a few extra bucks in savings (this was back when folks bought cars instead of financing them) you could get Buick’s radical aluminum 215 V8 up front.  Find this 1962 Buick Special Skylark Package offered for $5,650 via hemmings, located in Pasco, WA.

The Skylark was an upgraded luxury version of the Special available only in 2-door hardtop/coupe/convertible and 4-door wagon, but I buyer could add the Skylark high compression V8 to the 4-door sedan via the option sheet.  This car would have twice the asking price if it was a 2-door, so if you don’t mind the extra set of doors, it seems like a good deal.

Under the hood is Buick’s 215 alloy V8 that put out 185 horsepower and 230 ft-lbs of torque, which made the Skylark a peppy car for 1962 that would give any big block powered full-sized sedan a run for the money.

For the asking price you get a decent exterior and a non-thrashed interior that doesn’t look like a crime scene.  Even the original Buick radio is intact.

See a better alloy V8 powered classic 4-door?