Pinnacle of the Car: 1965 Buick Skylark

If a 1965 isn’t the best year for automobiles of all time, then I don’t know what year is better. Take this next car, it is a Buick Skylark that still has a reasonable curb weight and clean styling (later A-Body Buicks were heavier and chunkier) but is modern enough that you don’t have to deal with wacky engineering like a late ’50s car or complex emissions equipment like ’70s junk. It should have seat belts and with the addition of dual-circuit master cylinder (and discs up front) it should be totally drivable in 2020 or 2050 or 2065. Try that with a car from any other year. Find this 1965 Buick Skylark offered for $10,900 in La Mesa, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1965 Buick Skylark
condition: good
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 144475
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
FOR SALE: 1965 Buick Skylark.

This 1965 Buick Skylark was built in the late 1990s by local San Diego legend Bill Murray and was featured in the February 1999 issue of Car Craft with an article written up by David Freiburger

The rundown:

1970 455CI Buick With a 700R4 transmission.
Rebuilt 12 bolt posi rear with 3.73:1 gears out of a Chevelle.
TA performance headers with a 2 1/2” Dynomax exhaust.
New Edelbrock Performer carb.

In the past year she’s gotten a new alternator, battery, fuel lines, header gaskets, aluminum radiator, carburetor, plugs, wires, and a recent oil change.

$10,900 OBO. Possible trades + cash for motorcycles or other cars. Located in San Diego CA, clean title in my name with current tags. Can help assist with shipping. DM for more information.

Starts, runs, stops. Such a fun car and a real sleeper. Has all of the trim, all stock interior besides driver’s seat, and an extra bumper, and grill. It was painted by Bill in the 90s and still looks decent with a little patina. I don’t want to part with it but I’m building my C10 so she has to go.

See a better way to drive a slightly dilapidated 90s restomod of the best year for cars?