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Reader Ad: 1972 Buick Skylark


While you could build this Buick into a sweet GS clone, I’d leave it as is! It already runs and with new brakes and a full tune up it will be a driver, so getting it to that point would be top priority. Then as funds allow, restore it while you drive it! Take a closer look at Kirk’s Buick and let us know what you’d do with it!

Location: Abilene, Texas
Mileage: 104,000
Title Status: Clean
VIN: 4D37H2ZJ14149

Seller’s Description: This would make a great GS clone, or an easy restoration back to perfect off the showroom condition. It would also look very cool to just clear coat it, throw on some Buick rallys and drive the heck out of it. Great original unmolested shape top to bottom.

Body Condition: This car is extremely solid….not perfect…..but in great shape. Its nice to be looking at an original unmolested car top to bottom without the re-paints and hidden gems. This car has a rust spot behind the passenger side front wheel and a trunk pan that will need replacing from a leaking trunk lid gasket. I pulled a gallon jug of leaves that were stuck behind the rust spot in the front fender…..the culprit.

Mechanical Condition: AC car with original 350 and auto transmission. This car has been in storage in north Texas for a long time and needs a few things before any cross country cruise. You can reach into window and start the car and transmission shifts perfectly. It will need the brakes and fluids freshened up and tuned up. This car has original jack in trunk as well.

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  1. Michael

    Like it. I had the 4 door version if this after high school. It was a bit rusty but a great car. No mechanical issues whatsoever.

    Like 3
  2. LAB3

    Ad shows it as being sold for $4800, probably a fair price from what I’ve seen. If it where mine the resto would be a process, the paint being the last piece of the puzzle.

    Like 3
  3. 65mpala

    To me there is nothing more nasty than clear over “patina”. Paint the damn thing or leave it alone.

    Like 19
  4. mdtray3

    Paint it, add some engine upgrades make it look stock sleeper

    Like 0
    • Superdessucke

      Yup. LS drivetrain conversion w/Buick Rally wheels and super wide rubber.

      Like 1
  5. Miguel

    I had a similar looking car but mine was blue.

    It was an impound yard special.

    Who would have guessed it would have had value in the future?

    Like 0
  6. Nick

    I also had one, same year, in a light metallic blue with a black vinyl top and interior. It had the surface rust on the hood and the fenders were rotted, but the quarter panels were solid. From the doors back, the paint was very nice. It had a bad cam, so it didn’t run that well, and it was extremely difficult to get it started on cold days. It did have very ICE COLD A/C, though.

    Like 1
  7. Uncle Hulka

    The ad is still on ebay. The link in the story brings you to the correct car but the ad says “The listing you’re looking for is no longer available. Check out this similar item we found for you.”

    It’s also located in Cicero NY, not Texas. Looks in pretty darn good condition as far as rust/rot. If I wasn’t knee-deep in two other large car projects, I would give this serious consideration. Like the article suggests, get it safe, 100% operational, replace the vinyl on the retractable roof panel and just drive it.

    BTW, not only is it a bucket seat interior, but it has the optional Speed Alert speedometer. Fairly uncommon.

    Like 1
  8. Barry Smith

    Not sure where you see bucket seats. You can still click on the ad photo to see and it clearly has a bench seat and column shift.

    Like 0
  9. Karl

    It’s going to need a new camshaft during this time of the SBC when that engine got into 100k mile area the cam was not very lumpy anymore, infact pretty round at that.

    Like 0
  10. Del

    Already gone.

    Rusted out trunk ?

    Not worth 4800… no way

    Like 0

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