Spotless Survivor: 1970 Buick Skylark

This 1970 Buick Skylark appears to be an extremely clean car that will leave the next owner with little to do but to drive and enjoy this classic. Barn Finder local_sheriff has referred the Skylark to us, so thank you so much for that. The Buick is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding on the beaut Buick has reached $4,550, but the reserve hasn’t been met. There is also a BIN option available at $7,500, and if the bidding on the car really starts to heat up, it will be interesting to see if someone decides to hit the button on that.

The owner refers to the color of the Buick as being Butternut, but I think that it is also known as Bamboo Cream. It is nicely complemented by a beige vinyl top, and looking around the entire vehicle, there really isn’t a lot there to be critical of. It looks like rust problems are non-existent, with the underside of the car looking nice and clean. The panels and paint look really good, and there are no signs of any bubbling under the vinyl top. The external trim and chrome appear to be in first-class condition, and the Skylark has recently been treated to a shiny new set of hubcaps, which look great.

It’s when we look at this photo that we spy one of the very few flaws inside the Skylark. This tear in the driver’s seat upholstery really is about it, because the rest of the interior trim and upholstery looks as though it has been well cared for over the decades since the car rolled off the production line. The dash and pad appear to be free of any cracks or modifications, while the rear seat and trim are close to perfect. A new cover for the front seat would make the world of difference, although an aftermarket seat cover would cover the tear as an interim measure. Life inside this Buick is made all the more enjoyable by the inclusion of air conditioning.

Under the hood of the Skylark, you will find a 350ci V8 engine, 3-speed Hydramatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. The 350-2V engine produces 260hp, which is fairly respectable. The car is said to be in good health, having recently received a new carburetor, a new distributor with electronic ignition, new valve cover gaskets, along with fresh springs, shocks, tires, and rims. The car also comes with a nice collection of documentation, including all of the original purchase paperwork, and a Shop Manual.

This 1970 Buick Skylark is one of those classics that comes along and needs little to really make it stand out. The major issue that will need to be addressed is the tear in the front seat. The rest of the car presents exceptionally well, and for the person who is on the hunt for a classic that they can drive and enjoy immediately, this car would have to be a strong contender.


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  1. CapNemo CapNemo

    Wheel covers. Those are wheel covers.

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  2. Skorzeny

    Funny how those aren’t hubcaps. Great car. Makes me wanna smack the guy selling the clapped out Porsche for 45K.

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  3. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    If I was in the market for a clean, original vintage GM 2-door hardtop; this would be it. It’s in great shape, in and out. Not crazy about the color of the top as I think black vinyl would look a lot better. Nice to see it has dual exhausts and the only things I would do is fix the front seat and put a 4-barrel carb on it.

    I wouldn’t wait as the “Buy It Now” seems pretty cheap for what you’d be getting. I wouldn’t be surprised if it want higher than $7,500.

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    • Scott Williams

      Amen- why bother bidding here, the BIN seems plenty reasonable to me (pending an in person look of course).

      Quite a lovely car, and I would do exactly as you would with it (maybe even leave the 2V).

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  4. Bakyrdhero

    I for one grew up calling them hubcaps, so we could debate over the proper use of the two terms, but they will always be hubcaps to me.

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    • Superdessucke

      Hubcaps technically just cover the center hub, whereas wheel covers cover the entire wheel. Hubcaps were usually standard and signified a base or cheap car. They were commonly seen on taxicabs and police cars.

      But back in the day, everybody just called them hubcaps. There used to be all kinds of little hubcap shops. You would never see them called “wheel cover shops.”

      And perhaps because of that, wheel covers would often get stolen, particularly the wire wheel covers. My dad had a 1966 442 with factory wire wheel covers and he had 3 sets stolen. He finally just bought a set of JC Whitney covers.

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  5. Rhett

    Had many, many of these back in the day. The 2bbl cars run like a 4bbl up to about 50 mph, these are VERY torquey motors. Build quality was excellent, and they say the A/C was spec’d to the same BTU that would cool a 2500 sq ft house..all parts are readily available, mechanicals super simple and IMO these are the best looking of the 70-72 A-Bodies. Dont love the tailpipe config or RWL tires but Colorado dry and unmolested : Buy with confidence

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  6. Troy s

    Checked one of these out on another site, 350 4 barrel with new paint and most of the exterior trim had been left off….the original sales invoice was included an that shocked me, AC was by far the most expensive option, a lot more. 350-4 around 150 bucks, ps, pb, all were laughable for now days but AC cost 470 plus dollars!! That was big money back then, right?
    This really would make a decent drive n show, or Sunday afternoon cruiser as long as nobody expects muscle car performance. Just a really nice car for under ten grand.

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  7. Bakyrdhero

    Spot on description Rhett. I had a 71 with this same motor. The writer is also correct, my Skylark would have been much more livable with AC. We sweat through our clothes and stuck to the vinyl seats enough as kids, Im certainly not going to do that now that I have a choice.

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  8. Bob C.

    Hubcaps, wheel covers, whatever. Kind of like soda, tonic, and pop.

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    • Ross 892

      Aaahhhh tonic you must be from the Boston area

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  9. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    This is a really nice example of 70 model Skylark. Tear in the seat is a fairly easy repair for a good upholstery shop. In today’s market I wouldn’t pay more than about $7k for it, but it is very clean so maybe a smidge more.
    God bless America

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  10. cmarv

    Wouldn’t surprise me if it was used for a rebody . A rust bucket Stage car and this rust free beauty , BINGO !

  11. Del


    Grab it.

    Needs Wild Cat wheels and and intake an a 4 barrel to wake up

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  12. Chuck Simons

    I think somebody grabbed the BIN.. The page is closed.

  13. NovaTom

    A set of Buick rally wheels …. and done

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