Classy Compact: 1962 Buick Special Skylark Convertible
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August 23, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Buy Now Make Offer” page. Click the blue button above or below to navigate to this ride’s bid page, where you can either select the green “Buy Now” button or place a realistic counteroffer in the “Bid” box.
GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer Lot 244, a driver-quality 1962 Buick Skylark convertible, for sale in an online, reserve-style auction on behalf of the current caretaker.
Bidding opened Wednesday, August 9, 2023, and will close Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
This 1962 Buick Skylark convertible for sale currently resides as part of a private collection located in Levittown, New York, which is about one hour by car from either LaGuardia or J.F.K International airports.
The 1962 Buick Skylark convertible is a classic American car that holds a special place in automotive history. Buick, a division of General Motors, introduced the Skylark as an upscale compact car, showcasing elegance and luxury. This model year, in particular, is known for its distinctive design, powerful performance, and iconic features.
The 1962 Buick Skylark convertible boasts a sleek and stylish appearance. It has a long, sweeping body with clean lines and a low-slung profile, giving it a sense of sophistication and grace. The front end features a prominent grille with the iconic Buick tri-shield emblem, flanked by quad headlights integrated into the fenders. The rear is characterized by sharply designed taillights and a gently sloping rear deck.
The convertible top adds an element of versatility, allowing you to enjoy the open-air driving experience on sunny days. It features a power-operated mechanism for effortless raising and lowering.
Step inside the 1962 Buick Skylark convertible, and a luxurious and comfortable cabin greets you. The interior is adorned with premium materials, including fine upholstery and high-quality trim. The seating is spacious and well-padded, offering ample support for long drives. As a convertible, the Skylark provides a sense of connection to the environment, with a clear view of the sky and the surroundings. The dashboard of the Skylark is elegantly designed, featuring a clean layout and easy-to-read gauges.
Under the hood, the 1962 Buick Skylark Convertible was powered by a range of V8 engines, offering impressive performance for its time. The engine options included a 215 cubic-inch aluminum V8 with 190 horsepower. These engines were mated to a smooth-shifting automatic transmission.
The 1962 Buick Skylark Convertible delivered a smooth and comfortable ride, thanks to its well-tuned suspension and Buick’s focus on refined driving dynamics. It was praised for its quiet cabin, which enhanced the sense of luxury during drives. As a true American cruiser, the Skylark provided a balanced combination of performance and comfort, making it an excellent choice for both daily driving and long-distance journeys.
The 1962 Buick Skylark Convertible holds a special place in the hearts of classic car enthusiasts. Its timeless design and luxurious features have made it a sought-after collectible vehicle. Skylark’s popularity also paved the way for later generations of Buick models, cementing its legacy as a significant milestone in Buick’s history.
The seller provided this detailed description in their own words:
Nice driver quality 1962 Skylark Convertible. I’ve owned the car since 2018. I’ve enjoyed owning it, but I’m buying another old car and need the room. Transmission rebuilt in 2020. Carburetor rebuilt in 2022. Replaced top motor and pistons in 2022. Installed four U.S. Royal 6.50-13 bias ply wide-whitewall tires in 2020. New plugs, wires, belts and hoses in 2022. I had the master cylinder re-sleeved and replaced the wheel cylinders in 2020. I’ve only put a few hundred miles on the car since the transmission was rebuilt and the new tires installed.
The car runs nicely and is a pleasure to drive. All the lights work and the car stops well. The car passed New York inspection in April 2023. I take it on local cruises and occasionally participate in local Buick club activities. The top goes up and down nicely.
The convertible top boot needs replacing. The Skylark gets a lot of attention because of its nice styling and because you don’t see these very often.
The aluminum V8 is easy to live with. I use No-Rosion octane booster and ethanol fighter to help keep it running right.
I consider the car a good “10-footer”. There’s a spot on the driver’s side quarter panel dog leg where the paint has bubbled. I’m guessing that the convertible top cylinders leaked at some point, causing the bubbling. There’s a similar, but less bad, spot on the passenger side dog leg. The car was repainted at some point, it’s not a show quality paint job, but looks decent. The rear bumper is bent outward on the driver’s side, I guess from a minor collision. The chrome and stainless are good, but not show quality. The previous owner told me the convertible top was replaced in 2000. It still looks pretty good.
The interior is nice, except for a rip in the passenger seat. The rugs are decent and I bought new floormats. I also replaced the sun visors. The door panels are good.
As far as I can tell, I’m the fifth owner. I have some paperwork that shows the car was sold new in New Jersey in November, 1962. The previous owner inherited the car from his uncle. The uncle bought the car from the second owner. The car was in Illinois with the previous owner and his uncle. The first two owners were in New Jersey.
If you have any questions about this 1962 Buick Skylark Convertible for sale, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497. Thank you for looking and happy bidding!