The 50th anniversary of the brand’s foundation, the exclusive Buick Skylark Convertible has been launched. The car was a deep modification of the Roadmaster with doors slightly “trimmed” in the upper part (why the waist line of the body has changed dramatically), an enlarged neckline of the rear wheel arches, but without a panoramic windshield. A new engine model for Buick was installed on Skylark – a five-liter V8 with a four-chamber carburetor, a compression ratio of 8.5: 1, which developed 188 horsepower. Acceleration to 100 km / h took about 12 seconds. The maximum speed is about 170 km / h. This model is recognized as one of the most collectible and expensive models in the history of Buick. Until the end of the 1953 season, quite a few anniversary cars were produced, 1,690 units. So the Buick Skylark of the next year, fifty-fourth, with its output of 836 copies, most likely falls under the definition of a truly exclusive model.
1953 Buick Skylark
This year’s car is basically not Roadmaster, but the lighter, but less prestigious Century series. In order to obscure the family of the prestigious convertible with its inexpensive ancestor, the designers came up with an individual tail end. Thanks to this, the car acquired an instantly recognizable appearance, which fully corresponded to its image as a model of a sports type. The body design looked so that the car seemed lower than conventional convertibles. The body was not standard for the Buick of those years, vents in the front wings.
1962 Buick Skylark
The interior was made of leather. The standard version had many elements of luxury cars. The driver’s workplace was distinguished by a combination of instruments from two dials instead of the put three and three-spoke steering wheel. All cars were exclusively convertibles. Only two specimens with a rigid roof are known, but they got their fixed top after they left the factory conveyor. Buick Skylark belonged to the segment of personal computers that was emerging at that time – top-class cars designed for personal use directly by their wealthy owners, without the help of a hired driver.
1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport
Among 1955 Buick cars, there was no longer a model called Skylark. This name, which means “lark” in translation, surfaced seven years later – on a Buick machine of a new, “compact”, class with an improved finish. Actually, Skylark was produced in 1961, but then it was listed as nothing more than an option for Special. In 1962, Skylark was considered a separate model, but outwardly almost no different from Special. In 1964, Skylark, previously produced only as a 2-door coupe and convertible, acquired a 4-door body. In 1965, the differences between Special and Skylark mainly come down to the rear lights. In the same year, the Gran Sport option appeared for Skylark, which included a 325-horsepower V8 engine with a capacity of 401 cubic meters. inch. The charged version was a success, in the first year 16,000 cars were sold. Subsequently, the Gran Sport became a separate model, occupying the muscle car niche in the Buick lineup.
1976 Buick Skylark
In 1973, mid-size General Motors cars underwent a complete redesign, which in the case of Buick was accompanied by a change in the name of the model. Skylark was discarded in favor of Century.
In the 70s, the General Motors concern repeatedly increased the number of its compact models, acting very simply: offering customers the same Chevrolet Nova under different brands and with a different appearance. The result of this cloning was the appearance of such models as the Pontiac Ventura II, Oldsmobile Omega, Buick Apollo. In 1975, Nova and, accordingly, all its clones were redesigned. From now on, Apollo was produced only as a sedan. A similar two-door model (coupe and hatchback) was called Skylark. In 1976, the name Apollo was completely abolished. Four-door sedans also became called Skylark. This generation was produced until 1979.
1998 Buick Skylark
In 1980, the Nova was replaced by the front-wheel drive Chevrolet Citation. Built on its Buick X-platform, it was still called Skylark. Unlike the Citation model, which was produced mainly with a hatchback body, the Skylark was offered both as a coupe and as a sedan. Without major changes, Skylark of this generation survived until 1985.
In 1985, the Buick lineup replenished with another compact model – Somerset. The car was based on the new N-platform and had the characteristic of American cars of the 80s. wedge-shaped silhouette. This model was supposed to replace Skylark, but buyers did not like the new name. Therefore, already in 1986, along with the Somerset coupe, the new Skylark sedan began to be produced on the same platform. And in 1988, the name Somerset was completely abandoned.
Buick Skylark was also sold outside the United States, but under a different name: from 1975 to 1987, the car was manufactured in Iran and was known as Buick Iran.