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Up On Blocks: 1972 Buick Skylark

The Skylark, named after a species of bird, was one of the most enduring nameplates within Buick. It stuck around for 46 years through six production runs. The best-selling renditions may have been the 1968-72 mid-size models which were on par with the Olds Cutlass, Pontiac LeMans, and Chevy Chevelle. This ’72 Skylark Sport Coupe was likely intended to be stored for a long period as someone bothered to prop it up on concrete blocks. Little is known about the car in West Point, Nebraska, and it’s available here on craigslist for the cheap wheels price of $2,000. Another tip compliments of Pat L.!

Between 1970 and 1972, the appearance of the Skylark changed little, except for adjustments to grilles and so forth. Most of the differences became mechanical to comply with tightening regulations on automobile emissions. The compression ratio of Buick’s motors was lowered to accommodate either leaded or unleaded fuel, and the spark timing was also retarded.

For 1972, you could choose between the Skylark, Skylark 350, or Skylark Custom, all of which came with a 350 cubic inch V8 as standard. The Skylark 350 used a 4-barrel carburetor which added 35 more horsepower. We don’t which version of the Skylark the seller’s car is, but it looks to have been off the road for quite some time. We do know it has 147,000 miles, so perhaps it had a mechanical issue that the owner wasn’t planning to get to right away.

We’re not privy to any photos of the interior, engine compartment, trunk, or undercarriage, so you must assume all is not well to warrant the asking price of $2,000. Restoring this car may cost more than it could ever fetch if you were to resell it. So, perhaps you could borrow any needed sheet metal for a GS project you’re working on from the same era.


  1. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    Hmmm…hard to know what to think about this car. I’d bet the 350 would run, but judging from the miles and long-term storage, you could easily spend another 3-4 grand turning this into a daily driver. The asking price is low, and that may tell you something the photos do not.

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  2. Tommy

    Leave it up on blocks…LOL

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  3. Troy

    Lot’s of rust on that rear quarter panel and on the top no engine pictures does it have one or is it a Flintstone car? Surprisingly the price isn’t ridiculous you can easily get that for the parts you can see

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  4. George Birth

    This one seems to have a big dent in the roof. Probably make a good parts car. Decent price for it anyway.

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  5. BigBlocksRock

    Had the crew cab version of this car years ago. Had 150k original miles on it when I sold it to a friend & he put 20k more on it until he wrecked it. All things considered, one of the best & most reliable cars I’ve ever owned.

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  6. Joe.E

    Did it sell? Any interior pictures?

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