1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport
When Buick Management authorized engines up to 400 cid in its intermediate cars, Buick seized the chance to create its first muscle car...The 1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport! The divisions big block V-8, better known as the nailhead, actually displaced 401cid. Buick simply renamed it the "400". Teamed with a heavy duty radiator, four-barrel carburetor, 10.25:1 compression, hydraulic lifters and dual exhaust, the Nailhead was rated at 325bhp! The "Wildcat 455" on the air cleaner referred to the engine's massive torque rating.
To Buick's credit, the Gran Sport received more than just an engine transplant. All 1965 Buick Gran Sports were built on the convertible beefed-up frame for better rigidity, special valved shocks and heavy duty springs. Buick added a thick anti-roll bar up front and enhanced the rear suspension with added links to fight axle windup and differential twist. Braking was improved with enlarged front wheel cylinders.
The 65 Buick Gran Sport presented auction features:
This car has been consigned to the 5th Annual Salt Lake City Classic Car Auction featuring 150 Classic and Collector cars selling across the auction block! The auction is held Saturday, May 30 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, UT. For information on buying or selling at the auction go to www.classiccarauction.us
This is the 22nd car in a 30-day countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale collector car auction
This is the seventh car in a 10-day countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s annual Northeast auction
Pick of the Day was one-owner vehicle until he reached age 93
Buick launched its compact Special sedan for the 1961 model year, mid-way through the selling season, it added a sport coupe called the Skylark, a name last used by the GM division in 1954.
My Dad and I bought this in 1984.
In addition to Cadillac and Oldsmobile, Buick celebrated its golden anniversary in 1953 with a special edition convertible.
Created to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary, the Skylark joined the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta and Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado as the top-of-the-line, limited-production specialty convertibles.
Created to celebrate Buick’s 50th anniversary, the Skylark joined the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta and Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado as the top-of-the-line.
Priced at $11,800 or best offer, the Pick of the Day is a 1963 Buick Skylark that might be a nice starter car for someone looking to get into the classic car hobby.