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BF Success Story: 1966 Buick Skylark

Back in August of 2018, we featured this Buick Skylark, which the seller claimed was a one of a kind car and you read the original article here. It looked like a good find and with an asking of $8,700, a reasonable buy. The craigslist ad eventually went down and that was the last we heard of it. Well, that was until today when we received an email and a link to a file share with photos of a beautiful Skylark. As it turns out, Reader S Turner purchased it after seeing Todd’s article. Since buying it, they’ve done a ton of work to make it a nice driver and the transformation is amazing.

Here’s the story – This is a car I saw on Barn Finds 6-7 months ago. It intrigued me, so after some talking to the owner, and getting comfortable with buying “sight unseen”, I pulled the trigger. It was an excellent, rust-free car. It now has new paint, rubber, seats, carpet, wheels, tires, headliner, door panels, etc. Remember the CL ad said 4 speed, and it was but was actually a 3 on the tree originally. Very good driver with the little engine. I wanted to thank you for the heads up on it.

It’s a bit of a bummer that this wasn’t originally a 4-speed on the floor car, but it’s still a cool find and I’m glad it went to a good home. It’s impressive that it’s already fixed up after just a few months of work. So, congrats to Turner for scoring a great car and a special thanks for sending us an update!

We always love to hear from readers that purchased a classic we’ve featured, so if you’ve bought a find you’ve seen here on Barn Finds, we want to hear about it. You can send us an email with the story and photos of your find at mail@barnfinds.com!


  1. Will Fox

    Try again; this is a `66 Skylark; not a `68.

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    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      Sorry for the typo. I had written a ’68 Dodge right before writing this one, so I must have had 8 on my mind.

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  2. Had Two

    Owned one like this, but a 4 door a few years back. Also had the V-8
    with the “Wildcat” logo on the air cleaner. A great car. Never should have gotten rid of it. One of GM’s best body designs. May still have the original owner’s manual squirreled away in the garage. Always hang on to something from every car…habit I got into.

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    • Stephen L. Rowley

      Had Two, I have a 66 four door I would be interested in the manual if you have it.

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      • Had Two

        I shall look through the boxes in the Man Cave for it.

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  3. Mountainwoodie

    I remember thinking that this could be a really nice car but dont remember whether it was advertised as an original 4 on the floor.

    Having grown up in a ’65 Wagon Special, the dashboard view always triggers good and bad memories :)

    One of the few cars that I think looks good with a black vinyl roof by the way…..I’ll now duck to avoid the incoming arrows.

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  4. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Wow, are those first three photos of this same car? Now I don’t feel so crazy for buying my new project…

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  5. Bakyrdhero

    Another one saved. Nice car, much love for Buick’s

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  6. bobhess bobhess Member

    Bought a silver gray 2 door coupe with black vinyl top, V8, auto, air, full wheel package off the dealers lot. Fast, comfortable, good looking, absolutely no problems in 60K plus miles except tires and batteries. One of the best we ever had.

    Like 5
  7. local_sheriff

    Nice update on what seemed like a decent project vehicle.IMO the best-looking A-body of 66,Skylarks are highly underrated Chevelle siblings with great under-the-radar looks.The recessed rear window is a highlight in 66-67 GM A-bodies.
    And Rex Kahrs; your Riv seems like a sweet doable vehicle indeed! Unless you paid overprice for it I don’t think you did wrong on that…!

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  8. Dom Colucci

    The car looks much better with out the funkie looking vinyl top…

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  9. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    Ahhh. S Turner did what I would’ve done (and have done). Immediately source some original Buick road wheels which were made for decades. Add RWL wide profile tires. Makes the car really POP!

    Like 0

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