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One Owner: 1965 Buick Skylark V6

In modern times, we in the Automotive community sometimes overlook the regular cars that were made alongside the muscle cars, and this one-owner 1965 Buick Skylark is an example of those regular cars. Incidentally, it’s up for sale here on craigslist in LaFollette, Tennessee for $4900. A big thank-you to Ikey Heyman again!

We featured another ’65 in this article by Adam Clarke a little over a week ago. That one is nicer than this red one at the moment, but that doesn’t mean this one can’t be nice with some TLC and elbow grease. They both represent the first generation where Skylark was its own model line, a line which continued through five more generations until 1997. For the first generation, you could have your choice of five different body styles and six different engines, manual or automatic transmission. Also, 1965 saw the dawn of the Gran Sport, thanks in part to the popularity of Pontiac’s GTO/LeMans/Tempest line.

For this car, we’re told that it is a one-owner car, having traveled only about 42,000 miles. We’re not sure which V6 it has, but we know that it has an automatic gearbox, power steering, and brakes, and has a slightly customized interior. A few more pluses are the facts that it has newer tires, the engine isn’t locked, and the car comes with some spare parts.

Overall, it looks complete but will need the engine and brakes sorted, and probably some metalwork. I’d bet that with the mechanicals sorted out, it might be just as much fun as the white one with the nicer paint job. Sure, it won’t get you anywhere in a big hurry, but if you’re buying a regular-car like this, I wager speed isn’t your first priority. All said I think it would be a fun challenge to at least get it back on the road – what say you good people of the classic-car world?


  1. don

    Did the odometer break in 1970? No way this car has only 42,000 miles – probably over 142,000 would be closer .

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    • Dave

      To borrow a phrase, at this point what difference does it make? I see this as a (assuming that the frame isn’t crapola) starting point for a summer driver that won’t bankrupt you at the gas station.

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  2. 8banger David Mika Member

    Aye, she looks a little crispy, but should clean up nice!

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    • John

      I had a 64 with the hot 300. It was an awesome car. The rear body mounts can be a problem but they are great cruisers

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  3. Had Two

    Looks like it made a trip to a Tijuana upholstery shop at one
    time for the Diamond Tuck seats and door panels. That and an
    aftermarket steering wheel. Likely some young man’s highway

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  4. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    I love the cheap replacement steering wheel, because Bill Mitchell didn’t know what he was doing. That’s sarcasm of course, I rather love the wheel of my ’63 Riviera, thank you Mr. Mitchell.

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  5. Doug B

    lol Had Two on that upholstery. I hope they picked up some tire tread sandals, a switchblade and a couple of cherry bombs, as well as an unmentionable bar that had something to do with a donkey, while they were down there. godawful. And dang I wish this mileage bs would go away. Aside from that, yeah it’s pretty cool.

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  6. bob

    Another car that was sold to a flipper at probably a reasonable price and now the seller is trying to double or triple his money after putting new tires on it. I would like to have this one but the sting of helping a flipper profit would be to much. Oh well, i’ll keep looking.

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  7. lc

    225 cube V6 rated at 155 hp, enough to move it, but not to groove it

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  8. mainlymuscle

    Potentially a really cool entry into the hobby.

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  9. Ted

    BS’ing about mileage should be an indictable offense, especially if the seller/flipper has put the said mileage in writing, stating it as fact.

    That being said, I love these cars and would love to find a 300 4bbl, 4 speed car at a reasonable ask.

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  10. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    Great possibilities here. Again forget the mileage, you can’t prove it isn’t correct, so it’s up to the seller to back up his claim, and then only if the potential buyers request proof. As far as flippers, no problem, if someone gets up off their rump and goes out and finds these cars, buys them cheap and then puts them up for sale what do I care it’s business for them, it’s a revelation for me.
    God bless America

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  11. Bob C.

    Those early v6 engines ran rough as a cob on a good day. Still, it would be nice to bring it back to life.

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    • sourpwr

      I’m not the sharpest crayon in the shed, was that a toilet paper reference?

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  12. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    One of my bucket list cars. But I just can’t do these rebuilds anymore. All my time is now devoted to the full time care of my wife who is bedridden and unable to care for herself. So I must pass and let the other Buick lovers go for this one.
    God bless America

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  13. Little_Cars

    Seller has added new photos with incorrect Buick rallye wheels from a later car. Close up shows they didn’t even use 5 lug nuts per wheel or clean the rust off the centers. Grrrrrr…I’d rather they stick with the stock slotted wheelcovers. This smells of LaFollette teen spirit, and no way a car last registered in 2001 is going to hit the roads in short order. No way this is a 42k mile car.

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  14. TimM

    Good car at a good price!! Hit the button!!!

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  15. Dave

    Is the 65 skylark still available

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