1961 Buick Skylark

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Overview


The 1961 Skylark debuted mid-year after a hiatus since 1954. The Buick originally lasted only two years and most blame the demise of the car on value perception of the public.


The 1961 Skylark debuted mid-year after a hiatus since 1954. The Buick originally lasted only two years and most blame the demise of the car on value perception of the public.

In the fall of 1960, GM introduced a trio of new compact cars for the 1961 model year that shared the same chassis, engines, and basic sheet metal, the Buick Special, Pontiac Tempest and the Olds F-85. The Special Skylark was based on the basic Buick Special two-door sedan. It had unique Skylark emblems, tailllight housings, lower body side moldings, turbine wheels covers, and a vinyl-covered roof. It also featured a plush all-vinyl interior with bucket seats as an option. Instrumentation was minimal, consisting of only a speedometer and a fuel gauge.

The basic 1961 Buick Special came standard with a 215 cu in (3.5 L), all-aluminum block, V8 engine with a 2-barrel carburetor that produced 155 hp at 4600 rpm. The 1961 Buick Special Skylark came standard with a version of this same engine (optional on other Specials) that used a higher compression ratio and a 4-barrel carburetor to produce 185 hp.

Production Numbers


Skylark Sport Coupe 12,683
Total Production 12,683

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP 0 to 60 Quarter mile
V8 215ci 1x4bbl 185 8.6sec 16.8

Transmission


  • 3-Speed Auto
  • 4-speed

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Granada Black
Artic White
Newport Silver
Venice Blue
Laguna Blue
Bimini Blue
Dublin Green
Kerry Green
Rio Red
Sun Valley Cream
Cordovan
Turquoise
Phoenix Beige
Desert Fawn
Tampico Red

Interior

Blue
Gray
Fawn

OEM Brochures


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