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350 V8 Survivor: 1972 Buick Skylark

As a mid-size automobile, the Buick Skylark was produced over two generations from 1964-72. It was usually a top-seller for the GM division and was trimmed similarly to Oldsmobile’s Cutlass and Cutlass Supreme. The 1970-72 “notchback” editions are some of the most stylish built (in my opinion), including the seller’s ’72 which is s survivor in at least decent condition from what we can see. It can be found in Hitchcock, Texas, and is available here on Facebook Marketplace for $8,500. Thanks for this Buick tip, Bruce J!

In 1972, the Skylark was available in three varieties: Base, Custom, and Gran Sport. It’s certainly not a Gran Sport and the seller doesn’t refer to it as a Custom, so this Sport Coupe would have been one of nearly 85,000 base editions built in ’72. The car looks to be finished in Seamist Green with a matching vinyl top and interior. The paint may or may not be original but is faded with a little ding here and there. Rust doesn’t pop out anywhere and the seller doesn’t mention any. The condition of the vinyl top is hard to tell, but a darker green or black application would have been more attractive (again, in my opinion).

No photos are provided of the engine compartment, interior, or trunk, so these are also unknowns. The seller says that a little TLC is needed so we assume everything we can’t see looks like what we can. As you might suspect, a 350 cubic-inch V8 is the source of propulsion for the car along with GM’s TH-400 automatic transmission. Some effort may have been done to trick the 75,000-mile motor out a bit as an Edelbrock carburetor has replaced the original (we assume a 4-barrel if you’re going to go to that trouble).

According to Hagerty, a ’72 Skylark in good condition is a $7,000 car and this one may just make that rating under the wire. The seller is not interested in any trades but doesn’t mention if there is any flexibility on the asking price. A new paint job is needed and if you must redo the interior and top, then you’re quickly into five digits for a car that may only top out at $17,000.


  1. Stevieg Member

    Looks like a solid car!
    I agree with the author in that these are good looking cars, and this one would look even better with a black or dark green top.
    I don’t think I would even paint it. I would try to buff it out & just drive it as it is.
    I had one like this about 30 years ago. Same year, red with white top & interior. I liked the car but it kinda creeper me out. I got it off the estate of my friends Dad. He was doing brakes on it when it fell off the jack and crushed my friends Dad to death.

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    • Steve P

      I agree, looks pretty straight

  2. Jasper

    Cutters!!! Just watched “Breaking Away” the other day. Like a nicer version of the one Dennis Quaid drove in the movie. Great burn out after Mooch punches the clock.

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  3. BigBlocksRock

    Had the crew cab version in the 80’s. Green on green on green albeit less faded. Arguably one of the best cars I ever owned, all things considered.

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  4. Tom Wasney

    My Dad bought a 71, his first new car. He died in 72 at 59 years old… Nice silver car with black painted hardtop..

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  5. Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

    I miss my 71 conv. The 70-72’s are the sharpest looking of all the A bodies IMO and some of the prettiest cars of the 70’s. Solid overall, a home run for GM. By no means did it feel “midsize” to me, even though that’s what it is. The car felt like a boat and just barely fit in my garage.

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