Blue Beauty: 1968 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible – SOLD!

by | Mar 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

April 1, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this Buick Skylark “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.

March 23, 2021 Update – The current caretaker of this Buick Skylark convertible apparently likes odd numbers, as they just lowered their original asking price of $24,495 to $21,599. Who are we to judge as this Skylark appears to be a great-looking car.

While we can pass on Venti-ports, we admit we’re suckers for Buicks featuring the brand’s famous “Sweepspear” design element flanking the sides of certain models dating back to the 1940s.  One of the last examples featuring this unique design element was Buick’s new-for-1968 mid-size Skylark line. This 1968 Skylark Custom convertible currently originally listed in March 2021 in Newport, Rhode Island shows just how nice lighter colors bring out the bold character line. Currently offered at $24,495, comparing the ask against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Skylark priced just below this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $24,800.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool provides a more optimistic assessment as in this case the asking price is nearly two thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $22,600.

GM redesigned their mid-size line for the 1968 model year and Buick’s recipient was the Special, Skylark, and Grand Sport models.  While base power came in the form of a 250 cubic inch inline-six, Skylarks such as the example featured here could be ordered with Buick’s 350 cubic inch V8. While two-door versions utilized a 112-inch wheelbase, four-doors benefitted from a longer 116-inch version.

While this video does not have any sound, it’s an interesting take from back in 1968 illustrating all of the features of the new Skylark:

While we love the blue-over-blue color scheme and bucket-seat-with-console interior,  sorry, but the first thing we would do is replace the OOOOHGAA horn with a factory-correct piece. Otherwise, this Skylark appears to be a well-sorted cruiser.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Getting ready for summer, relocating, sold that Big House or City Condo in the City, Kids gone, need a real change in style and attitude for 20201, here’s your chance to Experience and Enjoy this vintage, highly sought after American dream convertible car to drive and own NOW, whether you are in or moving to Newport, at your second home out of state, selling everything and moving to the Countryside or need a cool ride for your beach town on the Cape! This one could be yours if you act FAST! Only $24,495 / Best Offer:

This beautiful 1968 Custom Buick Skylark Convertible comes with the factory GM 350 ci. engine with a Holly 4-barrel carb. and 3-speed automatic transmission with (rare) bucket seats and center console chrome shifter for the driver and sporty chrome wheels.

The car has power steering and power brakes and comes with a new Interstate battery with a removable terminal connection (anti-theft option), a new voltage regulator, and a new alternator with a lifetime warranty as well.

Many new parts added in the past few years, including a water pump and starter that was replaced a few years ago, new rear shocks, and rear brake drums two years ago.

There are 4 original shiny factory chrome sport rims with the Buick insignia, 4 dated Firestone bias-ply tires that come with the car. An upgrade would be to radials. The car is very clean, reliable and would make a nice daily driver for the next 6 months and into the Summertime and Fall.

This rare Buick convertible comes in Sea Mist Blue with a matching light blue interior and shines very well. It has about 128,000 original miles with 28,000 reading on the original odometer as shown here.

PLUS, the real eye-catcher is the sporty (GS 400) hood, that’s ready for that 455 big block engine to be installed should you decide to go this way. The car is very solid, doors and body and all windows are working and in great shape. The convertible top is black in very good condition with a rear glass window (rare and preferred) and has an electric power TOP button control switch on the dash. When down, the top can be protected from sun and wind with a (rare) vinyl blue boot with padding matching the interior color, and ready to use when the top is down. Snap it on and store in the trunk in its black plastic bag. The trunk is really spacious as is the interior seating area. Large enough for 2 -4 adults and / or the kids and Pet or two and Plenty of leg and head room, too.

Car features an original factory radio, clock, speedometer warning needle for watching your speed (rare), dual adjustable front bucket seats with individual head rests, arm rests for all 4-passengers, safety seat belts, bright working interior door, dash and trunk area lighting. Locking doors by key and anti-theft steering wheel Locking bar and OOOOHGAA horn with button inside the glove box in the center console. Car comes with its original documentation of service and the GM factory owner’s manual, additional brochures and receipts.

Drive this classic 1968 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible down the road, to the beach, for a ride in the mountains or farmland with the family and you will feel an American dream vehicle made in the USA that will turn heads. Plus, this car has a lot of pep with its 350 ci. 8-cyliner 4-barrel engine. It’s a stunning automobile to own and equally as fun to drive, and a nice car to drive every year from now. Car Runs on Premium gasoline for smoother performance and pick up. There is a locking gas cap.

This car was built in Baltimore, MD and is only 1 of 8,500 Buick Skylark convertibles that were made for this exciting 1968 model year.

This is a must see, and it is a Private Sale, not a dealer or slick seller. She is running, registered with plates, and insured. Car can be shipped anywhere. Great for a family with kids and a pet or two, a muscle car enthusiast or someone who likes to work on mechanical things and work with big engines or for someone that just likes to cruise and enjoy the scenery and natural surroundings in his/her stock convertible and experience places like Newport, Cape Cod, Boston, New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire or Maine.

Remember there are a very limited number of classics like this one. Those others all require thousands to get them running and on the road.

Thanks again for looking, see you soon in Newport, Rhode island soon! Reasonable offer accepted.

Show or go: what would you do with this Skylark Convertible?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. JimmyinTEXAS

    This appears to be a very nice car. I was disappointed with the undercarriage pictures. It appears to be on a lift, but just one crappy picture that doesn’t really show anything. And the price seems fair if the bottom isn’t rusted out. lol
    I totally agree with the author about the “Sweepspear” being the most attractive Buick line but I am also partial to the Venti-ports on certain cars ie. Electras of 1962 vintage. Sweet.


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