1962 Buick Special Station Wagon – SOLD!
October 13th Update – Well that didn’t take long. GM Y-body wagons from the early sixties do not appear for sale all that often and when they do, especially at a condition-appropriate price, it’s not surprising the private seller of this Buick Special deleted their ad for this car. Join us in calling this one “Sold!” This one may have 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.
Despite its version of GM’s Y-body compact entering its second model year, Buick earned the coveted Motor Trend Magazine Car of the Year Award when it introduced its 1962 V6 powered Special lineup represented by this station wagon survivor here on Craigslist in Elmira, New York with an asking price of $6,500. Comparing this price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the private seller has his Buick priced between the #4 “Fair” estimate of $2,800 and the #3 “Good” appraisal of $6,500. Used as a second reference point, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Special priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $7,500 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $4,700 If you are serious about buying this Special, you can start the conversation by calling the seller at (607) 359-3274. When you do, please remember to mention you saw his coupe featured here on GuysWithRides.com
In 1961 after a two-year absence, Buick relaunched the “Special” line, only this time on GM’s brand new unibody compact Y platform. While initially powered by a 155 horsepower innovative aluminum-block 215 cubic inch V8 connected via a torque tube to a rear transaxle, in 1962 the Special became the first American car to use a V6 engine in volume production. While the new V6 was essentially a cut-down version of the 215 V8 and used many of the same design parameters, the key differentiator was the fact the V6 relied on traditional iron. The two speed “Dual-Path Turbine Drive” automatic was a Buick design and shared no common parts with the better known Chevrolet Power-Glide transmission. The 1962 model sold 153,763, including 42,973 Skylarks.
While we could locate any vintage ’62 Buick Special videos, this 1961 Mercury Comet Dealer film strip compares Ford’s offering to GM’s Buick and Oldsmobile Y-Bodies of the day:
We love the extremely solid patina this Special has earned over the years and if it was us, we would have a hard time not keeping that way to enjoy the car as is. Check out the one-piece rear liftgate. We wonder whether this was a design first – can any of our readers confirm? Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1962 Buick Special Station Wagon
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