Few American manufactures offered a performance package across a wide range of their lineup, but when Buick introduced the Gran Sport performance option it could be had on a number of Buicks including the Skylark. This 1969 Skylark GS Stage 1 is a one owner car and has been in storage for most of its life, but sadly much of that time was under a tarp. Luckily the car runs and the original owner has decided it’s time to let this Skylark fly. If you’re interested in saving this old bird it’s available on eBay with a BIN price of $6,900 and the option to make an offer.
When the Skylark GS was first introduced in 1965 it was a potent machine, with a 400 cui V8 cranking out 325 hp and 445 pounds of torque. As more muscle cars entered the market interest in the Skylark GS wained so in 1969 Buick introduced the Stage 1 option which upped horsepower to 340. This limited edition option was intended to help bolster sales, but it didn’t help much and less than 1,500 Skylark GSs were built with the Stage 1 option.
Like we mentioned earlier, this car was stored under a tarp so there is some nasty rust. The worst areas appear to be on the body. There are photos of the floor and it looks very solid, but we would like to see what it looks like underneath. If is solid under there, we would be tempted to treat some of the bad rust and drive it as is for a while.
While this Skylark might look rough on the outside, the interior and the engine bay actually look really good for their age. The matching numbers Buick GS 400 V8 is still under the hood and is even in good running order. This car has some good options including the original factory A/C system which is not only intact, but the seller claims that it still works!
This isn’t just a standard Skylark, but we aren’t sure if it justifies the $6,900 asking price. It’s a plus that the car runs and drives though. If the frame is solid, we would pick this one up and refurbish it mechanically. With that Stage 1 pack and rusty exterior this thing would look pretty menacing coming down the road.