Like New: 1963 Buick Skylark

1963 Buick Skylark

When Charles H. sent in a link to this Buick Skylark, he mentioned that it was all original and “like new”. I wasn’t convinced when I first looked at the classified ad here on Hemmings though. It looked restored to me, but then I read the description. “This car is very original – paint, interior, and exterior trim and has been awarded an AACA HPOF designation”. Well, if you are not up on your Antique Automobile Club of America acronyms, HPOF stands for Historical Preservation Original Features. That means that it passed as a survivor to at least a few experts. So, I went ahead and looked at the rest of the photos and concluded that this could the closet to a “like new” 1963 Buick Skylark as you are going to get! These were impressive machines when they came out and this one definitely deserves a look. Thanks for the tip Charles!

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Comments

  1. JW

    Amazing how some one could rack up almost 100K in miles while keeping his/her car looking that good. They must have left armed guards at the local grocery store parking lots and had police escorts getting there. Nice car that’s for sure.

    • Bobsmyuncle

      I’m often left baffled myself. I park at the back of the lot, polish and wax at least twice a year, and clean with dedicated tools and high end chemicals…

      And still I find mystery scratches and dents, not to mention road rash, and chipped glass.

  2. Chris A.

    I had to look rather than hit the delete button. Wow, that is one handsome, classy ride. Like to know where they kept it for the last 52 years so it ended up looking like that. It’s interesting on how white wall tires make some cars look weird and then on one like this really add to the look.

  3. fred

    A real time capsule and probably worthy of the price. That’s what a car looks like when the family treasures it and keeps it in a climate controlled garage it’s entire life. Even with that many miles.

  4. moosie Craig

    I had one of these back in the early ’80s, a convertible, 215 C.I . 4 Bbl, auto trans, power bucket seat, power top, power windows, was a faded ugly red when I got it, researched the trim plate and found out it was originally silver, black interior. After minimal body work, no rust what so ever, we painted it the original silver, came out stunning, it ran perfectly, wound up giving it to my girlfriend at the time, she cherished it. Looking at the pictures bought a smile to my face, especially the one of a convertible. This is a very nice coupe tho,,,,,, very nice !

  5. RickyM

    Now this is very desirable – love it. Great find and hope the owner keeps it looking so good.

  6. Ed P

    Could this have looked better when it was new and in the showroom? Aluminum engines in this time period did not have the best record for longevity. Can anyone comment on the Buick V8?

  7. Dan h

    Hmmm…I wonder if today’s water-based paints can hold up for 50+ years??

  8. David Frank david Member

    It’s great that people are appreciating survivor cars. Check out this 1960 Ford, for example) with a complete and very intersting history (starting with Gus Corrolla, a Redsox player, they say, who purchased the car)

  9. Barry T

    I have never been a big fan of Buicks from this time, but by golly this one is sweet. Much nicer than the full size boats from the era

  10. Luke Fitzgerald

    God almighty – why aren’t all the cars we get like this

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