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|Robert McGrath ( ROBERTMCGRATH3@aol.com ) was surprised to find his car in one of our compilations, and forwarded some before and after shots to show the shocking transformation. He absolutely nailed the color (a Ford color, I recall) and moved the rear bumper in for a cleaner look. Can you win a trophy the first time showing your car? He did!|
Someone must have replaced the grille on this car, or didn't know what year
it really was. But it looks pretty clean, and that's a pretty sporty
looking steering wheel.
(R) Kristopher Milligan spent a little computer time dreaming up a new look for his 4-door Skylark. I think the tinted glass would give the car an edge. At last word, I think the original V6 expired and he was looking at some V-8 power.
A compilation of Skylarks that I've spotted locally. There seems to be
no shortage of these 4 doors in the Seattle area.
(R) One of our site visitors drew my attention to this e-bay offering, and this is the first '79 4-door we've seen. I think there's some Bondo on this one! Dig that vinyl top, too.
Press kit image from the dashing (yes, I'm kidding) '75 Apollo.
The literature indicates that 2-door versions are available, but that never
came to pass. The '75 2-doors were introduced as the new Skylark.
(R) An "S/R" version of the '76 Skylark. Buick's treatment of the X-body did have some pretty lines, and the '76 had a particularly clean look, in my humble opinion. These photos were probably captured from ebay by contributor Eliezer Perez.
|We always love to hear from X-body owners outside of the US...so it was great to see another Skylark from Europe. When I asked the owner if they wouldn't mind posing the car with a windmill, this unique farm scene was the result. It looks like a postcard shot, or of one of those pictures you would see on a 2000-piece puzzle box. Nice work!!!|
Waiting to strike...
Jon Venstad ( email@example.com ) had a great 2005 racing season, landing sponsorship from Sunoco.
Here are a couple of action photos that he forwarded from another site, but
we're happy to run them here too!
Roland ; I just have to send you some more pictures of my Buick
Skylark from the 2005 race season...there are some more on
"Next year I will get new heads (AirFlow Research) and a new Weiand supercharger....with Teflon tips on rotor this time, hehe. I think the engine itself is ok, I built it to last. This winter I will do something with the rear end of the drive line and chassis. Also, I will rebuild the gearbox, with the "blue racing clutches" kit. All manual drive TH-350 sequential gear box...This should now be capable of handling 650+ HP."
You just never know where you might find our beloved X-body cars...I've had
parts requests from Ventura owners in Iran, but this is the first series of
pictures to surface from that country. These photos are courtesy of some
Westerners living in Tehran (to use the old spelling)...
"Hi, you have a great site, here are some pics of cars that my sister took in
Iran. They look like 1979 Buick Skylarks but they are called 'Buick Iran'. They
were apparently still built in Iran during the 1980's...
the cars that were built in Iran were also built by GM, and GM
still exported other cars there in the eighties after the revolution.
I think that the Nova
and Seville models were also built there but I don't know if the Phoenix
was...do you know more about these?
Apparently, people like American cars there just as much as they like them
Here come the Canadians in their Skylarks!
(L) Doug writes: "We recently bought a 1978 Buick Skylark (four door) from a family friend. I plan to put it on the road in a while and fix it up gradually with a new paint job, seat covers, etc..." He even considered throttle body fuel injection, but that might be overkill for a 4-door.
(R) Marie-Claude Lévesque ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) tells us that a Chevy 350 with 425hp will be going into this Skylark soon. You know folks are serious about their car when they name their email address after it!
(L) The email was short on details, but I suspect this is another Canadian
Skylark, clearly another project in work.
(R) Seattle seems to be Skylark Heaven. In addition to these cars, I also checked out a rock-solid '75 with a bad tranny and rough interior...but the asking price was only $200! Too dark for good pics, sorry. Anyway, the silver car at left looks like a hatchback (see the small rear quarter window), and the yellow car happened to be parked right where I pulled up at the mall. The landau has seen better days, while the white freeway flier looks fine. Interestingly, ALL of these cars had the rear bumper filler rotted out (including the '75 I looked at). The Novas I've seen don't seem to have this problem, something to keep in mind if you're a Skylark owner looking for parts.
|Here are a few Buicks I snapped this year (notice the 2 door shows the rear bumper filler going to pieces, which seems to be the case on most of the 1975-on Buick Skylarks). The 4-door seems to be a regular visitor to Seattle's Chinatown area.|
|Edgar (email@example.com ) is back with some updates to his brilliant blue Buick! He says: "Thank you for putting my pictures on your web page. By the way if you are interested here are other pictures I took of the 75 Buick Apollo/Skylark with Cragar rims, I think it looks terrific, what do you think?" I'd say that Edgar's achieved a nice flashy look without going overboard...a fine piece of work!|
Check it out, more new photos of a live X-body
from Iran. Keivan Akbari does the honors:
"Hi there, thanx for
your nice site. I love American
cars, and these X-bodies are great samples. Here's
some pictures of me and our family car, a Skylark. It is a 1979 model, but
this one was built in 1986. These cars, including the Chevy Nova, were built here
had a Chevy Blazer before this, and they're both cool
cars. I'm sending you this from Tehran where some of
these lovely creatures are still roaming around.
By the way, the 80's Chevy Royal and Caddy
Seville were also built in a shorter period.
Take care and good bye.
Keivan" ( firstname.lastname@example.org
|(L) Imagine my surprise stumbling across this parked
Buick almost in the heart of downtown Seattle. I hope these parts cars
are around when I need them! This one looks like it still runs, but
appears to have been parked for a long time.
(R) "They're here"... the X-body continues to turn up in Seattle, and we prove it by publishing these candid street shots (with privacy measures taken, of course). Note the bumper filler falling apart on the '77, and the '78 is the one currently appearing in our ad section...When I ran the ad, I didn't realize that I'd accidentally stumbled across the car weeks previously!
|This is a '79 Skylark, still living in Seattle as of the spring of 2006. Spotted it again in the Chinatown area summer of 2007, too.|
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