Red Ride: 1962 Buick Skylark Special Convertible – SOLD!

Oct 2020 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

February 2, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

October 28th Update – Just in time for our latest Topless Thursday updates, the private seller of this ’62 Skylark we first featured just last week has already lowered their asking price to $17,500.

For reasons not entirely clear to us, red over white convertibles traditionally are the most desirable color combination for ragtops.  Combine that with excellent photography with a market-correct asking price and you have the makings of a potential quick sale.  That’s what we believe will be the case with this pretty 1962 Buick Skylark Special originally listed in October 2020 on Craigslist in Smithtown, New York (Long Island) with an asking price of $18,750. Researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their Skylark priced between this guide’s #2″very Good” estimate of $12,700 its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $19,700.  Similarly, using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a second data point confirms this private seller has their Skylark priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $23,200 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $13,900.

Here is the Hagerty Insurance Synopsis of the 1961-1963 Buick Skylark:

“Downsizing became all the rage around Detroit in 1959 with both Ford and Chevrolet introducing compacts: the Falcon and Corvair, respectively. General Motors followed suit with a pair of V-8-powered “senior compacts” two years later: Oldsmobile’s F-85 and Buick’s Special. They were nicely priced models meant to offer considerably more size and prestige than the air-cooled pancake-six Corvair. The wheelbase for both was 112 inches.

Midyear in 1961, Buick introduced a special Special: a deluxe two-door sport coupe adorned with an equally special Skylark name. A vinyl roof, extra trim, turbine-style wheel covers, unique exterior identification, and a plush vinyl interior helped set the $2,621 Skylark apart from its $2,330 Special sport coupe cousin. Standard power came from an innovative aluminum V-8 displacing 215 cubic inches. The power output was 155 horsepower.

A Skylark convertible joined the carryover coupe in 1962 and both bodies remained available the following year. Skylark production was 12,683 coupes in 1961; 34,060 coupes and 8,913 convertibles in 1962; and 32,109 coupes and 8,771 convertibles in 1963.”

In addition to the classic color combination, we like the subtle upgrades underhood the seller details below. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1962 Buick Skylark Convertible, numbers matching aluminum 215 V8 weighing in at only 324 lbs and producing 190hp, connected to a powerglide, makes this an enjoyable ride.
Car spent its life in Nevada then Florida for 2-3 years. No Rust/No Rot!
Solid car, going to list many of the things we have done over the past year and a half.
New Brakes Front and Rear.
Original Carb completely and professionally rebuilt.
New Water Pump.
Converted from generator to self-regulating (Summitt 100amp) alternator.
New belts and hoses.
Original radiator completely rebuilt and re-cored from 2 core to 3 core.
Replaced original distributor with MSD billet distributor/Blaster 2 coil/MSD digital 6AL controller.
New Plugs, and MSD wires
Complete new custom bent exhaust from the manifolds to tailpipe
Complete new interior, seats/carpet/dash/stereo, LED lighting under seats and dash.
New convertible top latches.
Comes with many extra parts that I have accumulated in my searches!
Needs: fuel gauge repair, Wiper motor repair, speedometer cable works but is noisy so it needs a speedometer cable.
This is a unique 1 year only (as convertible) car. It has great lines and is enjoyed everywhere we have been.
The paint presents very well, shines great!
If you are reading this, it is still available!
please call or text me if you have any questions or to see it [email protected] 516 three one seven 2506.

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


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