1965 Buick Skylark
627HP - Fresh Restoration
1965 Buick Skylark Resto-Mod
-Built 383ci V8
- 627 Horsepower To The Crank
- 700 R4 Automatic Transmission
- Ford 9" Rear End
- 65k Miles
- Front And Rear Disc Brakes
- Frame Off Restoration In 2019
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“This is the sort of car that can help you reconcile with what made you fall in love with cars in the first place.” – DriveTribe, 2020
The Skylark was Buick's A-body midsize entry, the same platform as fellow GM muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO and Chevrolet Chevelle, back in the heyday of street-performance. Suffice it to say that the '65 Skylark offered here would've reigned supreme had it ever appeared in its current trim on American asphalt in the late Sixties. Extensively modified for additional power, more sophisticated handling and control, and updated reliability, this black-and-silver example is a resto-mod with style, and no shortage of attitude. The car underwent a frame-off restoration in 2019, and its odometer registers just 65,000 original miles.
Outside, the professional, custom, two-tone paint is striking; silver on the sides, black on the hood, roof, trunk, and both the front grille area and across the car's the rear. Where they meet, the two colors separated by a tasteful, narrow fluorescent green paint stripe. Factory emblems—including the stand-up Buick hood ornament—and “Skylark” script badging remain in place. The cabin glass and stock lighting lenses—including on the quad headlights—are clear and free of cracks. (The expansive glass on the sloping rear window is a particularly handsome design feature.)Bright trim on the mirrors and surrounding the windows is in excellent condition. Chrome 5-spoke wheels are mounted with Fuzion performance tires, with disc brakes at all four corners.
Inside, seat upholstery has been redone in a period-sensitive, pleated black vinyl with white trim. Skylark-badged door panels remain stock. The factory dash remains in place with added gauges and a JVC audio head unit in the factory radio location, controlling a Pioneer 400-watt sound system. The original Buick-logo steering wheel is mounted, while the console hosts an added Auto Meter tachometer and the shifter for the 700R4 automatic transmission.
Under the hood, the 383 cubic-inch V8 sending 627 horsepower to the crank gives the car more muscle than could've been imagined back in the md-Sixties. All components—including the MSD ignition, custom, free-flow exhaust headers, aluminum radiator, billet-aluminum water pump and more—are properly mounted in a well-organized, very clean engine bay. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is similarly tidy with the headers, full dual exhaust and 9-inch Ford rear end being prominent. There are no signs of chassis damage from too-aggressive driving.
The car's trunk features a fuel cell and the relocated battery.
This very well-executed 1965 Buick Skylark hardtop resto-mod is faithfully presented from every angle (including from below) in the more than 155 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available at the GarageKeptMotors site. That said, we always encourage in-person, up-close inspections by interested parties—or their representatives—at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that advance appointments be made by phone or email so that we can devote our full attention to our visitors and this perfectly upgraded Skylark. Our showroom is not open to the public.
“This is classic American muscle.” So concluded the DriveTribe folks commenting on a '65 Skylark. Had they been allowed to review the Skylark offered here, they'd likely have added a bit to that: “This one is EVEN MORE classic American muscle.”