The Buick Skylark was first produced in 1953 as two door convertible by General Motors. The vehicle was a very popular model that was produced from 1953 until 1998. For 1953 and 1954, the vehicles were produced solely as convertibles. The Skylark’s original purpose was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of General Motors. It was designed to promote the leadership that General Motors had achieved in design development. Two other vehicles were introduced that year for the same reason. Those were the Oldsmobile Fiesta and the Cadillac Eldorado. Although all three were considered a success, it was the Buick Skylark that proved the most successful.
The Buick Skylark saw many body style changes throughout the fifties and sixties. But the seventies saw many engine changes as well. The Skylark had now become available as a two door hatchback sedan and a four door sedan. These were offered as base models with standard equipment. For more upscale options, the Buick Skylark S/R was introduced. Upscale four door sedans were called the Buick Skylark Apollo S/R.
The eighties saw more design changes and by the 1982 model year, the Skylark would switch over to front wheel drive. Though still available in two and four door models, the Skylark was now available in a sport or limited edition.
For 1985, the two door option was dropped from the Skylark line up and now the car was a vailable only as a four door sedan. Beginning in 1986, one could now choose a Buick Skylark Custom or a Buick Skylark Limited. Both vehicles were offered with the 2.5 Liter Iron Duke 4. This engine was offered with either a five speed manual transmission that came standard or the optional three speed automatic.
New for the nineties was a new base Skylark. This was the Skylark Gran Sport. Very few other changes were made to the Skylark until 1992 when a new base engine was introduced. This was the 2.3 Liter Quad 4 engine. The end of the nineties would also see the end of the Skylark available for sale to the public, although still available as a fleet car. Eventually the model was phased out of the Buick line up and nothing was offered as a replacement.
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