BUICK Skylark

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BUICK Skylark Gran Sport
BUICK Skylark Gran Sport  1991 1997
1991 1997

The last generation of the Buick Skylark started in 1992 and it lasted until 1998.
The Gran Sport version was the “cousin” of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but with a narrow face.

The name came from the Buick Roadmaster Skylark since 1953 and it was one of the last hand-made Buicks. It survived to the muscle car era and the oil crisis. It went from rear-wheel-drive to front-wheel drive in 1980 when it used the X-body platform shared with Chevrolet Citation and Pontiac Phoenix. The sixth, and last, generation was introduced in 1992 and the coupe version was named Gran Sport.

The front fascia resembled the one used on the 1930 Buick Special. It had an aerodynamic body with a 0.32 drag coefficient, which was very good for a 1992 vehicle. The sleek greenhouse with raked A- and C-pillars were the sales arguments for the car. But the overall design didn’t inspire a true sporty coupe.

Inside, the long dashboard featured a floating design, with an upper and lower side that were separated in front of the driver by the instrument cluster. The big center stack with the vents on top and the dials mounted bellow were a bold design back in 1992. There were two seats in the back but without too much legroom.

Under the hood, the Skylark Gran Sport was offered with different engines, and the top version was a 3.3-liter V6. The most important engine for it was the in-house developed 2.3-liter with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. But since it was mated to a standard 3-speed automatic transmission, it was way too slow.

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BUICK Skylark
BUICK Skylark   1953 1954
1953 1954

The 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark was a 50th anniversary model for the American brand.
It was more of a trim level for the Roadmaster and it evolved into a different lineup that lasted until 1988.

In 1953 Dwight Eisenhower was in the Office for a year and the Russian dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin died. The American economy was released from the Korean war burden and people were happy on the streets. It was the right moment to celebrate the year with the new Buick Skylark. A car that traced its DNA from the Buick Roadmaster. By the way, the double-helix DNA construction was discovered in 1953 as well.

The big, rounded form of the Skylark was almost the same as the Roadmaster Convertible. But there were some differences. The chromed arch from its side and the big chromed “mouth” in the front were different on the Skylark version. It was lowered than the Roadmaster, with a cut on the doors to allow a comfortable position for the driver’s elbow. The spare wheel was mounted outside the car, behind the trunk, under a special cover.

Inside, the Skylark featured almost all the features offered for the Roadmaster, except for the air-conditioning unit, which was considered unnecessary. The power-windows, the stereo with power-antenna, and the two-tone color interior were part of the exclusive model. It was way more expensive than a well-equipped Roadmaster.

Under the hood, the Skylark featured a 5.3-liter V8 that offered 200 hp. It was mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission and that was the only option for the drivetrain. In 1954, the Skylark was produced on a new chassis, from the Buick Century. But the real deal was the 50th anniversary 1953 model.

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