Baby Not On Board: 1965 Buick Skylark Convertible – Sold!
In the mid-sixties, if you liked the styling of Buick’s full-size Wildcat but didn’t have the room for one, your next best option was Skylark such as the driver quality example listed on Craigslist in Cheshire, Connecticut where second owner and caretaker over the past six years has it listed for $7,500. Reviewing the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for this vintage Buick indicates the seller has it priced $1,200 more than the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $6,300. The private seller Tim indicates hates to part with his Skylark, however, with a growing family he won’t be able to give his Skylark “the attention she deserves.”.
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.
The pictures of this Skylark at the current caretaker’s home tell the story: unlike it’s Wildcat big brother, this mid-size Skylark of the same vintage has the same great styling in a package that fits in a one-car garage. While clearly needing cosmetic work and from what the seller says, a “mechanical once-over”, based on the pictures and description this is the kind of convertible you can drive all summer long and start making improvements over next winter. This past fall, we saw a similar white over red example at Carlisle that could have been had for double the asking price of this car and that one was only slightly better cosmetically. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“All original 1965 Skylark convertible. I bought from the original owner and have had her for 6 years. I drove it and showed it for the first few years (never restored, but showed as a daily driver and survivor) and it has been stored indoors for the last 4 years.
Will need a mechanical once over, but ran and drove when she was parked. She did have a transmission fluid leak, most likely from the speedo cable o-ring which is a common and easy fix.
She needs cosmetic work here and there, but a strong start for a full restoration or great for someone who wants to work a little at a time and enjoy her while you go. I am sad to let her go, but with another kid on the way there is no time in the near future I will be able to give her the attention she deserves.“
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