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We saw this white over red 47K original mile Buick Skylark convertible for sale at Carlisle last Saturday and when it didn’t sell there, the current caretaker now has it on display at the AACA Fall Hershey Swap Meet currently underway where he is asking $14,900. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the private seller has his Skylark priced $500 above the #3 “Good” level of $14,500.
Formally just a trim package on the 1961-1963 compact Buick Special, when Buick launched its version GM’s new A-body intermediate body-on-frame platform in 1964, the Skylark became a distinct model line. Unlike other A-bodies, Buick styled the Skylark to look like a smaller version of its full-size Wildcat. While 250 cubic inch, inline-six power came standard, V8 power was an option many buyers chose from the option list.
We really like this Buick for its white over dark red vinyl color combination. The dark red interior is nearly flawless save for two items: first, the steering received a very poor restoration in a non-matching bright red, and second, we note two dents in the metal glove box door. Both items are very repairable and will go a long way to make this Skylark pop when you lower the convertible top.
While the exterior benefits from an older cosmetic restoration on what is a very solid car. The white paint remains shiny and as the side views confirm, the body of this convertible is very straight. We do note that much of the pot metal trim is pitted, especially around the rear tail lights. If it really bothers you, this is a great item to send out over the winter to have restored and back in time to reinstall by springtime.
This base Skylark represents a nice solid and driveable example of a convertible you and your family can enjoy all summer long. Its proof you don’t need to spend another ten thousand on a similar Grand Sport example when the 300 cubic inch, 210 gross horsepower, Wildcat 310 V8 provides more than enough power for modern cruising speeds. Good luck with the purchase!
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