“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
We recently sold our 1966 Buick Skylark Gran Sport Convertible (pictured below). We were very fond of this show winning car, however we have decided it was time to move on to another project. Here is a video about the car.
Our Skylark GS convertible is a high-end example of the classic General Motors “A-Body” cars of the mid to late ’60′s. These intermediate-sized GM cars – including Chevy Chevelle; Pontiac Tempest; Olds Cutlass and, of course the Buick Skylark; are my favorite body style among all the great GM cars of the 1950′s and 60′s. This particular model of Buick is sometimes referred to as the “GTO of Buicks”, due to its similar, sporty appearance and high-performance package.
This is the smoothest driving and most dependable classic car that I have ever owned! It is in great shape throughout with a very clean undercarriage, immaculate interior and good quality original color Blue Mist (re-paint). The great runnng 401 “Nailhead” V8 was completely rebuilt and bored 40-over about 5,000 miles ago. The 401 engine carries ” Wildcat 445” badging on the air cleaner. The 445 is actually a reference to the ft-lbs of torque. Buick was so proud of that high number that they named the engine for the torque rather than the customary cubic inch displacement. Click here to see a video of the engine starting, and driving the car.
The car is also equipped with power steering, power brakes and a smooth shifting two-speed automatic transmission that Buick called a “Super Turbine”. The suspension has been completely rebuilt to stock specs. This gives the car an unusually smooth and even ride for a car of this age.
This is a mostly originally equiped car, with only the BFG Radial T/A tires, steering wheel, dual exhaust and air lift rear shocks differing from the way the car came from the factory. It also has a non-original auxillary electric cooling fan. The auxillary fan works well, however, I have never needed to use it because the engine stays nice and cool, even on hot Texas days.
This classic Buick came from the factory equipped with a Power Convertible Top, Power Windows, a Tilt Wheel and an AM/FM radio. All these features are in great condition and proper working order.
One of my favorite things about this Gran Sport is the nice documentation that came with the car. I have the original Protect-o-plate, original owners manual; color chart; warranty booklet and several other original docs. Also included is a notebook with all the receipts for work on the car dating back to around 1990.
I have bought and sold a number of classic cars over the last 5+ years and I never sell one without disclosing everything that I am aware of that might be wrong with the car. Every car I have ever owned or seen has flaws, and this Buick also has some minor ones. I have listed them in following including links to photos, where possible: There are some very small problem areas on the paint that are easily correctible; The wheels were re-chromed some years ago but have a small amount of corrosion showing in a few spots. The wheel pictured is the worst one; There is also a tear in the vinyl behind the drivers seat; Lastly, the electric clock is not currently working. I hope to correct several of these issues as soon as I can find the time to pursue them. If I do, I will update this page accordingly. I am not aware of anything else that isn’t right about this Car.