1972 Buick Skylark Custom
37k Original Miles
1972 Buick Skylark Custom 350
- Family Owned Since New
- 37k Original Miles
- Sandalwood Exterior/Saddle Interior
- Numbers Matching 350 V8
- Factory Air Conditioning
- Power Steering, Power Brakes
- Front Disc Brakes
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“Buick Skylark 350. The roof is on us.” – Buick advertisement, 1972
The advertising copywriters went on: “… it's got features that help make Buicks so easy to live with. Like a time-modulated choke … and a 350-cubici-inch engine that thrives on low-lead or no-lead gas.”
“If you see your dealer now, order your Skylark with some of the options you'd probably want anyway. Like a heavy-duty energizer for quick starts. A heavy-duty air cleaner. And special instruments and clock. You'll get the snappy sport vinyl top at no charge.”
The early Seventies saw the arrival of 55-mph speed limits and no-lead gas. It was as though the fun was being sucked out of the muscle-car-happy Sixties. Regardless, automakers adhered to the new rules—as demonstrated in the advertising copy above—while not abandoning the performance appeal. And as always, styling was still a compelling sales point, so the “snappy sport vinyl” in this ad was real news.
Offered here is a 1972 Buick Skylark 350 in Sandalwood over saddle-brown. The car has been superbly maintained through the years and driven respectfully by members of the one family that owned it. Its odometer shows just 37,777, or fewer than 800 miles per-year on average. This is a well-loved survivor Skylark in superb condition.
The factory-original exterior Sandalwood paint (an appealing shade with a hint of light yellow) retains an almost showroom-new appearance; excellent gloss and even finish across the entire car. Body-panel fit is well above period standards, and the sheet metal shows no dings, no dents, and no damage. The Skylark couldn't have looked much nicer on the dealer-showroom floor. The tan vinyl top is indeed “snappy,” and given the presence of an analog clock on the dash, this was very likely one of the cars mentioned in the above advertisement. The attractive lines on the car are highlighted with a single orange-gold lower-side pinstripe. Factory-applied badging includes the tri-shield Buick-logo (derived from the Scottish family crest of David Dunbar Buick) hood ornament, rear-fender “Skylark Custom” emblem, rear-bumper “Buick” emblem, and small tri-color circular emblems on the sail panel. Chrome trim on the car has been well-maintained with only very light patina showing in places; the bumpers front and rear are in excellent condition. Cabin glass is clear and uncracked; lighting lenses are similarly pristine. Factory styled-steel wheels (with Buick-logo centercaps) are mounted with raised-white-letter Good Year® Eagle ST tires for a correct period look.
The overall condition of the Skylark's saddle-brown interior is exceptional. Every surface appears virtually new. Handsome door panels feature vinyl, woodgrain, and carpeting trim, as well as the power-window controls. (Power steering and power front disc brakes were also factory-optioned.) Lower door-sill trim shows no wear, a sign of meticulous owner attention. Vertically pleated brown vinyl seat upholstery is like new. Matching brown cabin carpeting is similarly well-preserved, in part due to Buick-logo protective rubber floor mats in all four seating positions. A Buick-branded steering wheel frames the driver instruments, including the aforementioned clock; woodgrain trim surrounds the lower dash including HVAC slide-lever controls. The factory AM-FM radio remains mounted. Beneath the glove compartment, a tri-shield Buick logo graces the installed tissue dispenser.
Under the hood, the numbers-matching, 350-cubic-inch, 2-barrel V8 appears completely stock (beneath tts branded air cleaner), free of modifications, mechanical or cosmetic. All components—including air conditioning—are properly mounted, all wiring and hoses correctly routed. The engine bay is clean but thankfully not over-detailed with spray-on shine products. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is complete and free of damage. Performance mufflers have been installed and account for the car's throaty engine note (which can be sampled at the accompanying video link).
While the more than 155 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '72 Skylark in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
In spite of government mandates, America's love affair with powerful cars had definitely not come to an end. This lovely '72 Skylark Custom 350 is all the proof you need. From behind the wheel—even with the 55-mph point highlighted on its speedometer—the early Seventies come flooding back.