Rust-Free 3-Speed: 1967 Buick Skylark

From California to just northeast of Carson City, Nevada, this 1967 Buick Skylark shows the results of having lived a life in an area of the US that doesn’t spread tons and tons of salt on the roads in the winter, thankfully. It can be found here on craigslist in Dayton, Nevada, about a dozen miles northeast of the beautiful capital of Carson City. The seller is asking $4,900 or best offer for this uniquely-equipped and rust-free Skylark. Thanks to Pat L. for sending in this tip!

It’s dusty but this Buick looks nice and straight and, most importantly, rust-free. There appears to be a crease in the passenger door and the right edge of the rear bumper has been pulled away a bit, but I can’t imagine a vehicle this old here in the upper-Midwest looking this solid if it had spent its life here rather than in California and Nevada. Unfortunately, we don’t see the driver’s side at all so that could be a big wild card, hopefully it’s as straight and rust-free as the rest of it looks.

The seller refers to this bodystyle as a two-door mini-post. I’m not sure if I’ve heard that term before, one of you may have. 1967 was the last year for the first-generation Skylark. The seller mentions a small hole either in or near the rear window but I’m not sure what that means. A quick call should clear that up. The windshield does have a crack in it according to the seller’s description.

I’m automatically assuming that both the seats and dash are in poor condition, I’m not sure if I’ve seen a seller show an interior with towels on the top of the dash before. We’ve all seen seat covers but maybe they’re protecting the dash from the sun, who knows. The unusual part inside this Skylark has to be the 3-speed manual transmission and column shifter. I don’t know the exact production numbers for 1967 Buick Skylarks with a three-on-the-tree manual transmission but there couldn’t have been a lot of them that left the factory this way.

The engine looks surprisingly clean for having been stored for the last decade. We don’t know the history before that, but the seller says that they bought it in California in 2009 and brought it back to Nevada and have kept it inside since then. This is Buick’s 300 cubic-inch V8 which would have had 210 hp and 310 ft-lb of torque. With fresh gas and a new battery, it’ll run again, according to the seller. Hagerty is at $5,000 for a #4 fair condition Skylark and $9,700 for a #3 good condition car. Would you keep the column-shifted manual or convert this Skylark to a 4-speed or an automatic? I would keep it as is, maintain it, and drive it as often as possible.

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Comments

  1. John M.

    The Craigslist ad was already deleted.

    Talk about a quick sale.

    Like 7
  2. 86_Vette_Convertible

    That era GM body had issues with rust around the rear window trim. 3 on the tree was baseline transmission for most of the GM midsize cars of the era.

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  3. Ralph

    This is a Special, not a Skylark. You can see the remainder of the emblem on the rear fender.

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  4. Little_Cars

    My Mom’s 67 Buick Special was in this color. I recognize the front grille immediately — unique only to the Specials and the Gran Sports. I got extra kid points for figuring out how to glue that center little chrome reveal onto the plastic grille after it fell off in our driveway. The Specials also got the Buick tri-shield on the right side of the grille while Skylarks had their tri-shield in the center on a wider cast metal piece.

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  5. Morley Brown Member

    Sold quicker than a burnt superbird. Darn it. Morley

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  6. JimZ

    “Rust Free”? Maybe. But I’ll bet it’s got a ton of dirt impacted underneath.
    I bought a project vehicle in Nevada and another one in west Texas….both had an impressive amount of dirt embedded throughout. Just sayin’…….

  7. Tony Primo

    A buddy that I worked with had two of these. They were both equipped with the 340 cubic inch V-8.

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  8. Pete Phillips

    I’ll bet that was a quick, responsive car to drive. I had that same engine and transmission in a ’64 LeSabre full-size Buick and it was a pleasure to drive, though no barn-burner.

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  9. Miguel

    This looks like every other $50.00 car we found in the ’80s and ’90s.

    I hope the guy that bought it doesn’t try to restore and think is is a really valuable car.

  10. TimM

    Wow I would have liked to get that and it’s already gone!! Nice clean body on that car!!

    Like 2
  11. RichS

    I bought a ’67 Special from a local public auction in Phoenix back in ’88 for $300. Exactly like this except mine was root beer brown and had the even-fire V6. Had a big underdash A/C unit that worked AMAZING. Totally sucked in traffic because that clutch pedal was HEAVY but that car was so darn simple.

    I loved that stupid thing.

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  12. GeneB Member

    Never heard the term ‘mini-post’ before. I worked at a shyster’s garage at age 15, in very rural western Maine ‘Savage’. He would go to New Hampshire and buy cars at auction to sell. He had one of theses, pre-sold, but he crunched the fender on the way home and lost the sale. The paint was oxidized, so his remedy was to have me mix some gasoline with motor oil in half a beer can and rub that into the paint, to renew some luster. I came to despise everything that guy ever did.

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