One Careful Owner: 1972 Buick Skylark

Finding an older one owner car can be a bit like striking gold, and in this case, it’s Buick Rallye Gold. This 1972 Skylark is a one owner vehicle, and while it may not be perfect, it is an exceptionally nice example. If this is a car that really grabs you enough that you’d like to own it, you will find it listed for sale in this No Reserve auction here on eBay.

While the Buick doesn’t wear its original paint, it underwent a repaint in its original color around 7-years-ago. The paint has held up well over that time and has a really nice shine to it. The black vinyl top is flawless, and the wheels have been powder-coated in the same Rallye Gold color as the rest of the car. The owner states that the car is rust-free, and it certainly appears to be in the huge catalog of photos included in the ad.

I’ll probably be accused of being too harsh if I’m critical of the presentation of the engine. It doesn’t present quite as well as I expected, but the long-term coating of dust would really expose any fluid leaks. The fact that it is just dust indicates that this is an honest car. The car retains its original 350ci V8 engine, automatic transmission, and rear end. All items have been rebuilt, and the car runs and drives well. The owner is so confident of the mechanical condition of the car that he says that he would be willing to drive it anywhere in the country.

Apart from the wrap on the wheel, the interior is stock and is in really nice condition. The chrome plating on the plastic trim on the armrests has peeled, but the interior otherwise is close to perfect. I really like interiors with light colored carpet, but they do have a weakness. The carpet becomes very prone to staining from dirt, mud, and other substances that stick to our shoes. This carpet appears to be free of this problem, but personally, if I owned the car I’d be fitting mats to protect that carpet.

The owner of this Skylark, which is located in Lakewood, Washington, says that the car has never spent a night outside, and while that is a pretty big claim, the general condition of the car suggests that this could be true. This is a car that you could drive as it is and really enjoy the experience. With the car for sale in a No Reserve auction, Santa Clause is coming early to someone.

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Comments

  1. DayDreamBeliever Member

    $5300 and counting, with 2 days remaining.

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  2. Shaun Dymond

    $10,100 and rising. What a lovely car this is.

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  3. joeinthousandoaks

    Nice car. Now past the $10,000 mark

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  4. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    I know these cars, and I know you just don’t see them in this shape 40 years on, but bidding over $10k? The car doesn’t have factory AC, not a gran sport or ordered like one. Dog dish hubcaps would have to go, and be replaced with rally wheels with meaty T/A radials. Even then, you are still looking at a bench seat car with not many options ticked on the original build sheet.

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  5. Michael

    Had the four door version of this in 1980. Same color. I bit rusty but a great running car. This is nice.

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  6. irocrobb

    I like it,even in brown. This is the way I would buy one versus one that is restored with parts and pieces from many cars. Too bad it is not original paint but the rest looks great.

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  7. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    If you look at the bid history on this, it looks like all shill bids when it only was up to $4770.

    This is a dealer who should just set a reserve instead of resorting to this tactic.

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  8. Little_Cars Little Cars Member

    The high bidder has ZERO feedback, but has bid on A LOT of eBay vehicles and never won. Shill! When will these tactics be eliminated by the people at eBay? Ebay needs to earn the fees it increases on a regular basis and call this behavior out by closing accounts.

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  9. Vance

    My Aunt was a spinster school teacher who owned a 4 door version. The factory plastic was still on the rear seats, not a mark on the entire car. I was promised said car when she could no longer drive or died, whichever came first. She passed and the crooked lawyer took it and most of her wealth. Her will had been recently updated by the thief and my father got screwed out of a lot of money and me a nice old car. My loss was nothing, I felt so bad for my father. Nice car.

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  10. FordGuy1972 Fordguy1972 Member

    Maybe a Barnfinder who knows this model Skylark can answer a couple of questions. Should the trim around the taillights be black? And what is the little silver thingy at the bottom center of the grill? The black around the taillight seems odd to me as does that item at the bottom of the grill.

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    • AAAZDAD Member

      The black around the tail lights was the bumper rub strips on that model.

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    • Superdessucke

      The black rubber around the taillights is correct for a ’72. The 1970 and 71 cars didn’t have it. Silver item appear to be the reminants of the bumper filler, which was exposed when the front bumper was hit, probably some time ago.

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      • FordGuy1972 Fordguy1972 Member

        AAAZDAD & Superdessucke: Thanks, guys, you’re one of the reasons I enjoy Barn Finds. There are a lot of guys here who can come up with interesting facts and info about the vehicles that show up here. I find the comments as interesting as the story itself.

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  11. Del

    Someone said Schill bidding going on.

    Another one that will not sell.

    Price to high and car not that goid looking.

    Rather have a Chevelle

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  12. Little_Cars Saul Member

    The reveal strips on the rear came from the factory with a white line painted in the center of the rubber, or maybe even a chromed plastic trim. This got washed or polished off only a few years after the cars were built.

  13. local_sheriff

    Creds to seller for providing an impressive collection of pics.
    While this ain’t no Chevelle or 442 it’s still an A-body hardtop car and no bad choice. Absolutely love the gold color and dog dish caps, this car only needs a thorough suspension drop to make a great cruiser. Definately a car I’d want

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