72 BUICK SKYLARK SUN COUPE / GS

After 25 years of owning a 1972 Buick Skylark Sun Coupe / GS Clone ... Its time to sell. . .11 - 07 - 2011

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1972 BUICK SKYLARK SUN COUPE - A BOUTIQUE MODEL
In the early 1970s, novelties were still something to be reckoned with. The auto industry was still able to handle special low production jobs using outside contractors if needed. The ramifications of product liability and class action lawsuits hadn’t reared its ugly head yet. Boutique cars were still a possibility. As a result, the buyer had an interesting choice of unusual cars on offer particularly in Spring when dealers wanted to break the logjam of stock piling up around lots and sales zone yards. Spring Specials were a popular way to do this. Rolling out cars with a limited edition color or maybe some unique trim was always a popular idea. Buick came up with a neat alternative to ordering a convertible that year. You could order instead the Sun Coupe. Basically it was a hardtop body with a cloth sliding top that glided on two rails. It was a manually operated deal and offered as Sport Vinyl Top option. There were two styles on offer; one showed a rail of silver metal between the fabric top and actual roof, the other was the fabric top that slid over the rails, concealing the works when closed. There were also cars made the sun roof but without vinyl tops. The Sun Coupes were made by ASC. Buick produced 3,943 of those cars in 1972. The appointments for a Sun Coupe aside from the roof included metal Sun Coupe script for the sail panels. A lot of the cars made were 350 powered Skylarks. The Sun Coupe was powered by a V8, either a 350 cubic with 150 - 190 horsepower or that big block 455 with 225 hp. This S C has the 350 engine. Features include that beveled grille flanked by dual headlights, Buick sport wheels, pleated white vinyl seats with a contrasting black dash, and the 3/4 white vinyl roof with sun roof covering. Certainly, this is a classy looking boutique Buick offering. Thanks very much for viewing this 1972 Buick Skylark Sun Coupe.





1972 Buick Skylark 350 Sun Coupe RedWht OldTown060714
This Skylark was a new one on me...I don't remember a flexible folding sunroof on a Skylark, but the vintage catalog substantiates that it was offered at the time. Of course, there was nothing new about that on American cars...the Nash Rambler offered a top that folded down between rails..but this is the first one of sunroof dimensions that I remember. "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use." Show less





1972 yellow skylark sun coupe
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9 Second Buick GSX Stage2 GS Stage1 9.51 @ 140
We originally built this car with Frank Urbinati back in 1996.It debuted at the GS Nationals where it won the GS Pro Street class races. It was also the 1st GS Pro Street class car to break into the 9's at the time.Thanks to Frank this project came to life. Fast forward to 2010 and the car has been taken over by Bob Ortolani,the car still looks great and Bob decided to bring it up another level. We were happy to have the car come back to our shop and to have the opportunity to work with Bob and put together the new powerplant. The video shows the results of our 1st day out to tune the engine. The 1st two passes were shakedowns to check fuel/oil pressures and get a feel for the new combo. By the 3rd run we had posted a 9.62 @ 138 hitting the 7100rpm rev limiter chip! The 4th run was a 9.52 @ 140. On the 5th run it went 9.51 @ 140.65! After a good cool down and a timing adjustment we were ready to try for a 9.40 run, launching right off idle the car gave us a nice big unexpected wheelie! The wheelie sure lookes cool but we know we can go quicker with a little more suspension work to straighten out the launch and try to keep the front down. We're sure it'll go into the 9.40's yet and maybe even 30's after everything is worked out.




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