Cloth Cruiser: 1966 Buick Skylark Convertible – SOLD!

May 2020 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

May 7th Update:  When you list your classic car for sale just as a global pandemic hits, you don’t update your unsold car’s listing two months later with the same price and add some of your wedding photos to help sell the car!  We liked this driver-quality vibe this Skylark gives off enough to feature it at the end of March and while the asking price is not unrealistic, it’s not priced to sell.  Including shots of your classic car from your wedding isn’t a bad idea;  including shots of your classic car from your wedding with you and your bride in them is! When prospective buyers look at a collector car, they want to imagine themselves driving it – not relive your memories in it!  We’ve only included the pictures as a lesson in how different the shade of red is on this car looks when a professional takes the picture versus trying to capture the car in your own driveway. 

Saying you want a mid-sixties convertible for sunny days and actually driving one with the top down can be two different things depending on the car.  While the original “Morrokide” vinyl interior could be an uncomfortable proposition after sitting several hours exposed to the hot sun, the custom cloth seats in this 1966 Buick Skylark convertible listed on Craigslist in Pittsgrove, New Jersey only get more inviting the warmer it gets.  The fourth caretaker dating back to 2011 just listed his Skylark earlier this week for $18,000. Judging by the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool the private seller has his Skylark priced $1,900 higher than the #3 “Good” estimate of $16,100.  

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, a 300 cubic inch V8 was an option many buyers chose from the option list, including the original owner the example presented here.  For fun, we came across this 1966 commercial where a similar ’66 Hardtop somehow manages to traverse the bobsled run in Lake Placid, New York.

Between the newer paint, cloth reupholstered seats, and what appears to be a thorough mechanical sorting over the past few years, this Skylark likely won’t win you any trophies at a car show, but you’ll have a great, comfortable time cruising there and back.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1966 Buick Skylark convertible with 300 cubic inch V8 engine in very good condition. I bought the car in 2011 from the 3rd owner who had bought it in 1989. He had rebuilt the motor, painted the car and had the seats redone. Cosmetically I have added a wood steering wheel and period correct floor mats. The following mechanical work has been professionally done during my ownership: rear axle bearings replaced, rear axle oil flushed and refilled, front and rear brakes replaced, installed rear air shocks and front shocks, installed new brake master cylinder, overhauled front suspenson including replacing upper and lower ball joints and bushings, engine tune up (including spark plugs, contact and condensor set, rotor, distributor cap & vacuum advance), new alternator, new battery and front wheel alignment. A car cover and original hubcaps are included with the sale. The car runs strong and is reliable. Odometer has 5 digits and shows 31,000 miles. Call Walt to discuss further at 856-305-2228.

Do you have a Buick Skylark story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


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