For Sale: 1972 Buick Skylark in Tempe, Arizona


Vehicle Description

This week Canyon State Classics brings to market a very rare find indeed. I bet most of you GM A Body fans never even knew this obscure factory model existed! The Sun Coupe package itself was available only on the Skylark 350 Sport Coupe. Very little is written about the 1972 models, let alone the Sun Coupe, and none of the reference books I perused listed any production figures. On the other hand, a few other "unofficial" sources listed production at 3,943, 3,923, or 3,450 units. Richard Boyer Jr., who specializes in Buicks. His research has resulted in a significantly lower number; "No less than 1,600, no more than 1,800," he says. "That's what we've narrowed it down to." Further inquiries regarding production figures from the Buick Heritage Alliance have resulted in no "official" number.

Numbers, though, will probably be the furthest thing from your mind when you enter the rarely seen model; the white vinyl-clad notchback-style bucket seats are quite comfortable, providing plenty of support and ample space for arm movement. The center console sits low, but is far more comfortable while reaching for the transmission gear selector-an automatic in this case. The interior is crisp all around and finely finished in white vinyl, black carpet and very nice condition original simulated wood paneling. This is a fully equipped and optioned car with power windows, power locks, tilt wheel, Am/Fm, Air Conditioning and of course the most excellent ragtop!

Our feature vehicle is equipped with the optional four-barrel version producing 180hp and 275-lbs.ft. of torque. All of the 350 engines contain the same internals: a 3.80 x 3.85-inch bore and stroke, hydraulic lifters, an 8.5:1 compression ratio and five main bearings. The Sun Coupe jumps to life as you embark on your journey to a predetermined destination. Hitting cruising speed in a very short period of time, you get the immediate sensation that the 350 is asking to be opened to its maximum potential for the duration.

As mentioned, the sunroof is of the sliding, folding, accordion-like vinyl type-more often recognized on the Volkswagen Beetle-which was available on the Skylark, Skylark Custom and GS Sport Coupe. Surrounded by a color-matching custom vinyl top, the opening measures 42 x 50 inches when retracted. Unlike the electrically operated steel sunroof found on the Riviera and Electra 225 Sport coupe, this sunroof is operated manually. A chrome-plated combination handle/latch is located in the center of the forward edge-a twist and pull gets the job done swiftly.

Motoring along, the 112-inch wheelbase, coupled with the popular power steering option, means a quick response to the steering without any feeling of oversteer. Cornering is aided by the independent front suspension and four-link rear. Alex did add an anti-roll bar at the rear to help decrease body roll. Bringing his 3,566-pound Sun Coupe to a stop is a snap, too, since power disc brakes were another option that had been checked off on the order sheet. Short of locking them up, it's quite obvious that the Buick will maintain a straight line during braking if so required.

Cosmetically, not much changed from the 1971 model year, as briefly mentioned earlier, yet there are some differences. A subtle alteration was made to the front bumper, to accommodate new bumper guards that became standard equipment, and protective vinyl strips were added to the rear bumper and around the taillamp bezels. The rest of the body, and the bulk of the mechanical items, remained unchanged. This car is finished in beautiful Stratomist Blue and is an eye catcher to say the least.

Your eyes will certainly notice more about the Sun Coupe than just its top. Gold-colored "Sun Coupe" script is positioned on the C-pillars. The boxed "350" emblem underneath accompanies the Skylark badge at the aft end of each rear quarter panel. Even more interesting is the aforementioned vinyl roof: An option, it covers only 90 percent of the car, running from the windshield to the vicinity of the C-pillar.

Base price: $2,993
ENGINE Type: OHV V-8, cast-iron block and cylinder heads Displacement: 350 cubic inches Bore x stroke: 3.80 x 3.85 inches Compression ratio: 8.5:1 Horsepower @ rpm: 180 @ 3,800 Torque @ rpm: 275 @ 2,400 Valvetrain: Hydraulic valve lifters Main bearings: 5 Fuel system: Single four-barrel carburetor, mechanical fuel pump Lubrication system: Pressure, gear-type pump Electrical system: 12-volt Exhaust system: Single with crossover

TRANSMISSION Type: Turbo Hydra-Matic 350, console-mounted shift lever Ratios: 1st: 2.52:1 2nd: 1.52:1 3rd: 1.00:1 Reverse: 1.93:1

DIFFERENTIAL Type: Hypoid, Salisbury semi-floating Ratio: 3.08:1

STEERING Type: Recirculating ball, power assist Ratio: Variable, 18.7:1 to 16.1:1 Turns, Lock-to-lock: 3.31 Turning circle: 41.4 feet

BRAKES Type: Hydraulic, power assist Front: 11-inch disc Rear: 9.50-inch drums Swept area: 332.4 square inches

CHASSIS & BODY Construction: Body on perimeter frame Body style: Two-door hardtop Layout: Front engine, rear-wheel drive

SUSPENSION Front: Independent, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, tubular shock absorbers, anti-roll bar Rear: Rigid axle, four-links, coil springs, tubular shock absorbers

WHEELS & TIRES Wheels: Buick Sport Wheels Front/Rear: 15 x 7 inches Tires: BF Goodrich Radial T/A Front/Rear: P225/70R15

WEIGHTS & MEASURES Wheelbase: 112 inches Overall length: 202.8 inches Overall width: 76.5 inches Overall height: 53.5 inches Front track: 59.3 inches Rear track: 59.3 inches Shipping weight: 3,566 pounds

CAPACITIES Crankcase: 4 (less filter) Cooling system: 16.45 quarts (16.85 with a/c) Fuel tank: 20 gallons Transmission: 20 pints Rear axle: 4.25 pints

CALCULATED DATA Bhp per c.i.d.: 0.51 Weight per bhp: 19.81 pounds Weight per c.i.d.: 10.19 pounds

PRODUCTION Sun Coupes 1,600 to 1,800 Total Skylark Sport Coupes 84,868

PERFORMANCE 0-60 mph: 10.60 seconds * � mile ET: 17.7 seconds at 77.2 mph * *Information provided by May 1970 issue of Motor Trend testing a 260hp version of the 350 equipped with a two-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission and final drive ratio of 2.56:1

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1440395
  • Price:$29,900
  • Location:Tempe, Arizona
  • Year:1972
  • Make:Buick
  • Model:Skylark
  • Exterior Color:Stratomist Blue Metallic
  • Interior Color:Parchment
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:125000
  • Stock Number:161231195528

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Canyon State Classics
329 S Rockford Dr #105
Tempe, AZ 85281