The asking price for this next car is somewhat below what you would expect to pay for a perfectly painted classic piece of American muscle, but if you are looking for something that is orange creamsicle colored AND you don’t care for concours perfect paint…this could be your car. It is hard to tell from the photos, but a if this is a good paint job, and mechanical elements are well sorted, this would be a deal. Find this 1972 Buick Skylark offered for $11,900 in Ocean Beach, CA via craigslist.
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.
This next car is something else. It has that sweet 64 Buick Skylark hardtop shape that is undeniably sexy, and a built 327 V8 with a huge gas spewing carburetor, built powerglide 2-speed tranny, and the worlds smallest gas tank. I challenge you to find a car that would require more trips to the gas station than this car on a trip from LA to Vegas. But my kids need to go pee every 35 seconds whenever we are on a road trip, so perhaps this would work okay. I wonder if you could zip-tie a car seat to a roll cage… Find this 1964 Buick Skylark offered for $9,500 in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.
When I first started reading about this next car, I have to admit that it got my nose crinkled up a bit. Why would you put a later V6 into a classic American muscle car when V8 power/torque/noise is so affordable…and then I thought…because you can. And because the Buick Grand National V6 was a turbocharged thing of beauty and not some junky Camry/Accord fuel saver. Nose un-crinkled, acknowledging positive head bob engaged. Find this 1968 Buick Skylark Buick V6 Turbo swapped offered for $14,999 in Lindenhurst, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Classic cars are expensive…particularly if you combine 2-doors (non-post) and a V8 and 60s styling…and there are few exceptions to this rule. You can find some total basket case cars for cheap…but occasionally there is a car that needs work, but with something from GM’s A-Body platform you will find cheap parts and plenty of […]
I’m not ashamed of my love of the Buick Skylark. It is such a piece of automotive history — from the beginning when it shared a platform with the Pontiac Tempest and Olds F-85, and then when it was another piece of the GM A-body arsenal — it has always been such a badass piece […]
This next car is something close to my heart…and I’m genuinely curious to see how much it gets when the gavel hits the block, because it isn’t too far from the ’65 SportWagon that I’ve got sitting in my garage. Unfortunately, this one has the lower spec Wildcat 310 V8 (instead of the upgraded 4bb […]
For this week’s Thursday Twister, I want you to find the best car and the worst car on your local craigslist (or ebay) using the keyword “custom.” Good luck! For my local craigslist, the best I could find was this 1972 Buick Skylark offered in Redondo Beach for $8,500 — only has some issues, nothing major according […]
Has the market for used A-Body Skylarks always been this reasonable, or have we just stumbled upon a few good ones in the past few weeks? It must be time warp Tuesday, because you get an original car with a nice interior and decent paint for about 1992 pricing. Find this 1971 Buick Skylark offered […]
You are a recently divorced industrial fastener salesman based out of some podunk central California farming town and you’ve got a few grand…well, more than a few grand to throw away on a muscle car. With a budget of fifteen large, you head to the SF Bay Area car shows and start to imagine burning […]