1969 Buick Skylark GS
Ram Air hoods are a key ingredient to any muscle car recipe, and
Buick scored massive performance credibility by making ram air
standard on all GS models between 1969 and 1972. This ram air was
not just for the top guns, as every entry level 1969 GS350 and
California GS got the cold air induction system.
This 1969 350ci GS California donning dual chrome inserts for the
cold air induction (AKA Ram Air) designed to restrict leaves and
kittens, is one of the nicest designs for the history of GS models.
This car comes with a fresh factory matching paint job, some engine
key replacements (timing chain, pushrods and lifters) and a fresh
oil change and tune up as of May 2020. The original interior still
resides inside and has held up swimmingly in its original blue
vinyl. A fantastic driver, some snappy eye opening power you may
not be expecting, and all buttoned up for a turnkey classic in this
Azure blue coats this exterior steel body which is starting to show
what will be come to be known as the "Coke bottle body." The paint
is nicely applied with a few inclusions and slight overspray, but
overall good. Chrome trimmings and bumpers are nice and shiny, and
a slight dent in the rear bumper is the only frown seen on this
car. Gaps are well minded, and trimmings also include wheel well
surrounds, and chromed window surrounds, which border a nice black
vinyl top. From the front quarter through the door and beginning of
the rear quarter there is a small cove which swoops downward, and
magically emulates the line of the rear pointed design. Speaking of
which Buick inserted the taillights into the bumper below the
trunkline, and along with the gracefully sloping B pillars the line
is just magnificent. Buick rally wheel covers are on all 4 corners
and are wrapped with deep treaded radials.
More blue inside wrapping the door panels which have their original
door pulls which show a bit of chipping of the plastic molded part,
however vinyl remains pristine. Same for the front split bench with
only a small area of repair in the center of the bench. The rear
bench appears to have never been used! The original dash is very
clean and shows just a bit of yellowing with age. All functions are
working well. An original radio is installed, and a trio of
aftermarket gauges hang below the dash in a chromed panel. Deep
blue carpet is flooding the floors and above is a blue headliner,
also presenting in vinyl, nice and tight, and stain free. A word
out to the trunk which has been sprayed with textured gray trunk
liner paint and is nearly factory with its spare tire.
A consigner stated matching numbers drivetrain, this 350ci has the
original dual ram air inlets which feed a 4-barrel Rochester
carburetor setup. There is a mild cam installed, and headers can be
seen. This year used the TH350 3-speed transmission, and this
pushes power rearward to a now 3.90 rear with posi-traction. Noted
electronic ignition has been put on, and the A/C compressor has
been removed. Also, a great looking engine bay with the original
foam dual air intake baffles which match up perfectly with the hood
intake holes creating an airtight seal allowing only outside cool
air to rush in.
All very nicely coated, no rust, and new air shocks and springs put
on. Floorpans are original and show slight surface rust but remain
structurally very sound. Unibody is straight and rust free
particularly at the rockers, and wheel wells are clean. Drum brakes
are noted all around, and a clean exhaust still provides a great
sound when you push this car.
My grandfather has a Skylark and I remember getting in as a 16 year
old driver and experiencing my first 4-barrel acceleration. It was
exhilarating and I never forgot that Buick power. This car with the
ram air actually has more power, and it accelerates at surprising
speed and smoothness. The transmission shifts smoothly, and there
are no rattles. A slam of the brakes yields a straight stop with no
pulling, and handling was well within the test track's challenges.
The radio works, but the A/C does not, all other functions were in
A new respray, ram air, and original interior, this great example
of the 1969 California GS 350ci version is a truly wonderful car. A
turn-key driver, recent maintenance work, a smooth ride, and a
muscle car to boot. (or put your boot into!) Either way you'll get
a kick in your butt, and an emotional kick when you drive around in
this wonderful restoration/preservation example.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.