Car: Buick Skylark Coupe
What makes it special: Buick’s Skylark model was made in six production runs, during 46 years, over which the car’s design varied dramatically due to changing technology, tastes and new standards over the years. In mid-’73,
Buick returned to the compact market with the Buick Apollo, using General Motors’ X-body platform, based on the Chevrolet Nova. When the car was extensively restyled for the 1975 model year, the two-door hatchback coupe and two-door coupe were rechristened “Skylark”, while the four-door sedan remained “Apollo”.
What made it famous: The 260 cu in V8 was discontinued after the 1976 model year. For the 1977 model year, it was replaced by a pair of V8 engines. Available as an option in 1977 was a 301cu in V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor, producing 135 hp at 4000 rpm,supplied by Pontiac. Also available was a 305 cu in V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor, producing 145 hp at 3800 rpm supplied by Chevrolet. The Buick-built 5.7 L V8 was still available, but only with the 4-barrel carburetor.
Why I would want one: It never crossed my mind to even think about one of these until they’ve started popping up at car shows and cruise nights. The cool thing is that many were used and tossed, so they aren’t as common. Perfect for those who want something different.
Fun fact: Buick Skylarks were assembled in Iran (4-door models only) from 1977 to 1981 and again from 1986 to 1988 under the brand name of “Buick Iran”. The first generations were known as B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, from 1977 until 1981 and the second and last generation was known as the B2 and B3 from 1986 until 1988. The later models were made after GM released the kits and parts to Iran following the GM’s debt to Iran General Motors.
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