Baby Blue: 1962 Buick Skylark Convertible – Sold?
July 14, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
A popular color combination throughout the 1960s for cars was to match the interior and exterior colors as closely as possible. While not very noticeable in closed cars, the look can be quite striking in convertibles as this all-baby blue 1962 Buick Skylark originally listed in June 2021 on Craigslist in Tom’s River, New Jersey exemplifies. Initially listed for $20,000, researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their Skylark priced seven hundred dollars above its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $19,300. 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 $24,400 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $14,600.
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.”
Of GM’s early sixties Y-Body Senior Compacts, the Buick Skylark is our favorite for two reasons. First, it mimics the styling of its big brother Electra and LeSabre of the period in a size that fits most garages with roomy seating for four. Second, these Skylarks feature Buick’s innovative 215 cubic inch aluminum V8 the division eventually sold to British Manufacturer Rover.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Up for sale 1962 Buick skylark convertible P/S P/B auto Power top, 78,000 miles. new shock, brakes wheel cylinders, new tires, rebuilt carburetor, new fuel pump, tune-up battery new complete exhaust, new sending unit newer top, V8 215 C.I. Aluminum block engine and trans rebuilt 2001, excellent condition, lots of repairs done, have receipts…call Rocco for more photos and info, Thanks.“
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