Obtuse Originality: 1971 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible 42K – SOLD!

by | Apr 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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April 18, 2024, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “ClassiFIND” deleted their listing, so we can now call this one “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.

One of the emerging terms in the classic car hobby that frequently gets used incorrectly is “Survivor.” Unfortunately, too many sellers incorrectly equate “low mileage” with “Survivor Quality.” In his Classic Car Conditions Explained blog post and video, our Co-Founder Rudy explains the requirements needed for a classic car to be considered “Survivor Quality.” One of the key requirements is that the car features its original factory applied paint. While low mileage is often a key factor for a classic car to achieve”Survivor’ status, that is not a requirement as we’ve come across many well-maintained and preserved classic cars for sale with over 100,000 miles.

Our latest example of a seller incorrectly labeling their classic car for sale as a survivor is this Burnished Cinnamon 1971 Buick Skylark Custom convertible for sale, last spotted on Craigslist near Fort Lauderdale, Florida in April 2024. The excellent pictures the seller provides show a nicely equipped example in a stunning color combination with only 42,000 original miles. While this Skylark convertible for sale comes equipped with Buick’s entry-level 350 cubic inch V8 topped with a two-barrel carburetor, this example features factory air conditioning.  What knocks the car from calling it a true survivor is the fact the seller notes the car benefits from “only one repaint.” That fact has us labeling the car “Sympathetically Preserved” rather than “Survivor,” especially since this Skylark convertible for sale features aftermarket Cragar SS wheels shod with modern B.F. Goodrich Radials with no mention of whether the factory wheels are included in the sale.

Last offered at $22,900, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $18,200 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $27,800. As a second data point, the Old Cars Weekly Online Price Guide confirms the seller’s asking price lands between this guide’s #3 “Very Good” estimate of $18,225 and its #2 “Fine” $28,350.

Buick dabbled with applying the “Skylark” name as a trim level for full-size offerings in the late 1950s followed by Y-Body compact in the early 1960s.  Buick launched the Skylark as an entire car line for the 1964 model year as their version of General Motors’ new A body platform that year.  After producing the first generation Skylark from 1964 through 1967, Buick produced the second-generation mid-size Skylark from 1968 through the 1972 model year.

For 1971, in addition to adding new emissions control devices on all of its passenger car offerings, General Motors required all engines to run on regular-grade low-lead and unleaded fuels.  In the absence of computer controls, this required lower engine compression ratios.  Consequently, for 1971 only the base Skylark sedan could be had with an inline six powerplant.  Moving up to the Skylark Custom that year featured a 350 cubic inch V8.  This all cast iron pushrod engine generated 230 horsepower at 4400 RPM and an impressive 350 lb-ft of torque at 2800 RPM.

The Buick Skylark Convertible offered various transmission options to cater to different driving preferences. The standard transmission for the 350 V8 engine was a robust three-speed automatic gearbox. This automatic transmission provided seamless shifting and effortless cruising, enhancing the overall driving experience. Additionally, Buick offered an optional four-speed manual transmission for enthusiasts seeking more engaging driving dynamics and precise control over gear selection.

To complement its powertrain, the 1971 Buick Skylark Convertible featured a sturdy chassis and a well-tuned suspension system. The body-on-frame construction provided a solid foundation for the vehicle, ensuring stability and structural integrity. The independent front suspension, combined with coil springs and a stabilizer bar, delivered responsive handling and a smooth ride quality. At the rear, a robust live axle setup with coil springs provided excellent traction and stability during acceleration and cornering maneuvers.

Equipped with power-assisted front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, the Skylark Convertible offered confident stopping power. The disc brakes at the front provided consistent braking performance and improved fade resistance, enhancing safety and control during spirited driving. Meanwhile, the rear drum brakes offered reliable braking performance and balanced stopping characteristics, contributing to the overall driving confidence of the vehicle.

Beyond its mechanical prowess, the 1971 Buick Skylark Convertible exuded timeless elegance and sophistication. Its sleek lines, graceful curves, and iconic Buick grille made it a standout on the road. The convertible top, available in various colors, added a touch of versatility and open-air driving enjoyment. Inside the cabin, plush upholstery, ergonomic controls, and ample seating ensured a comfortable and luxurious driving experience for passengers.

The 1971 Buick Skylark Convertible equipped with Buick’s 350 cubic inch V8 engine represents a harmonious blend of performance, luxury, and style. With its potent powertrain, refined handling, and timeless design, it remains a cherished icon of American automotive history.

The Portfolio of Videos YouTube Channel features this 1971 Buick Skylark commercial where the company talks about how the lower compression engine is good for the environment:

Based on the excellent pictures, this Burnished Cinnamon 1971 Buick Skylark convertible appears to be a nicely preserved example featuring a repaint that still presents well. The engine compartment and undercarriage pictures confirm this Skylark for sale is a rust-free convertible with its condition consistent with the extremely low original mileage.

If you are serious about buying this Skylark convertible, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their mid-sized Buick featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Gorgeous All Original 1971 Buick Skylark Convertible!


* All numbers matching
* 42,000 original miles!
* Power steering
* Factory original 350-V8
* Factory Automatic transmission
* Factory A/C
* Power top that works perfectly
* Brand new Sofftop
* Crager SS Chrome wheels
* Factory original Sonomatic AM Radio
* BF Goodrich T/A Radials
* Original owners manual

This is an amazing car! This is an original 1971 Buick Skylark Convertible that is all numbers matching and has only 42,000 original miles! This beautiful Buick is finished in its original Burnished Cinnamon and looks amazing!

The exterior of this car is all original with only one repaint. The chrome, trim, moldings, etc are all in amazing condition. The interior of this Buick is all original down to the carpet! Yes, that is the ORIGINAL interior! No cracks on the dash, beautiful seating surfaces and just a clean original look. The bottom of the car is in great shape and this car has all original panels.

This car runs and drives exactly like it did in 1971…with only 42,000 miles, nothing has ever been touched and it just runs perfect. Tires and brakes are excellent, sofftop is brand new, power top mechanism works perfectly and this car is ready to go crusin! Someone os going to LOVE this car! $22,900 or best offer…

Show or go: What would you do with this sympathetically preserved 1971 Buick Skylark convertible for sale? Please comment below and let us know!


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