If you wanted to make your Buick Skyhawk just a bit more special, there was a factory option known as the Astroroof, a custom glass panel that spanned the top of the body. While interesting, it found very few buyers when new and makes for a rarely-seen option today. This 1976 example here on eBay is a survivor in nearly every regard, with the added bonus of Buick’s trick skylights.
With only 38,000 miles from new, it’s not surprising to see the Buick remain in such fine cosmetic condition. That red interior is eye-popping to say the least, but it’s also untorn and almost upscale looking. Though the crank windows immediately clue you in that this is an economy car, kudos to Buick for making the insides an attractive place to be. All that sunshine pouring in evidently hasn’t done anything to harm the seating surfaces or dash top, while the automatic ensures this Skyhawk enjoyed a leisurely existence.
Total Astroroof production is estimated to be under 3,000 units. Although those numbers aren’t firm, it does tell a tale of either being too pricey of an option or poorly marketed. Or, maybe it was just unusual to see a higher-end feature offered on an economy car. I can remember similar attempts to add roof-oriented touches to lower-tier cars that have similarly ended in low sales numbers, like the California Roof BMW 318ti. It could also be that Buick’s anemic V6 was a disappointing dance partner for a car whose exterior seemed to promise a much racier driving experience.
Despite being in Massachusetts, this Skyhawk is rust free. The handicap placard in the window may also provide a clue that this Buick enjoyed a quiet existence as a retiree’s car and hasn’t seen much time on the open road. Whatever the story is, the Astroroof feature adds a layer of intrigue to this survivor as a potentially smart investment, given how few are likely to exist today. With a $5,500 Buy-It-Now and the option to make a best offer, does anyone else think this could be a cheap project car that won’t leave you upside down when it’s time to move it along?