1964 Buick Skylark

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Overview


The Skylark had enough sales to merit its own separate line in 1964. Along with the lower-priced Special from which it was derived, the Skylark would move to a new intermediate-size chassis that was shared with the Oldsmobile F-85, Pontiac Tempest, and the new Chevrolet Chevelle.


The Skylark had enough sales to merit its own separate line in 1964. Along with the lower-priced Special from which it was derived, the Skylark would move to a new intermediate-size chassis that was shared with the Oldsmobile F-85, Pontiac Tempest, and the new Chevrolet Chevelle. The new chassis had a wheelbase of 115 in (2,921 mm) and the Buick Special and Skylark had a length of 203.5 in (5,169 mm). The 215 cubic-inch-displacement aluminum block V8 engine was discontinued, and the associated tooling eventually was sold to the British manufacturer, Rover. That company would produce the engine in several versions for use in its sedans and Land Rover sport utility vehicles and trucks.

The standard Skylark engine was now a 225 cubic-inch all cast iron block V6 with a Rochester 1-barrel carburetor that generated 155 hp (116 kW) at 4400 rpm. This engine was introduced in 1964, very similar to the earlier V6 beginning with the 1962 model year which had a smaller displacement of 196 cubic-inch. This engine was basically a Buick V8 300 CID engine with two cylinders sawed-off. The optional engine was a 300 cubic inch cast iron block and aluminum heads V8 with a Rochester 2-barrel carburetor that generated 210 hp (160 kW) at 4600 rpm. An optional V8 version of the 300 CID engine was offered with a 11:1 compression and a 4-barrel carburetor generating 250 hp (190 kW). A long-throw, 4-speed Hurst shifter was available. For the 1965 model cast iron blocks and heads were used for all engines.

In addition to the two-door convertible and hardtop coupe body-styles, a Skylark four-door sedan became available for the first time. Skylarks, however, would continue to have higher levels of exterior and interior trim compared to the Special and Special Deluxe from which they were derived. All-vinyl bucket seats would be standard on the convertible and optional on the hardtop coupe. The sedan would come with cloth-and-vinyl seats standard, and an all-vinyl interior would be optional. The Sylark Coupe had a lower profile, sitting lower to the road than the Buick Special models.

Production Numbers


Skylark Sport Coupe 42,356
Skylark Convertible CPE 10,225
4-DR Skylark SDN 19,635
Total Production 72,216

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
Fireball 225 V6 225ci 1x1bbl 155 1225 lb-ft - -
300 V8 300ci 1x2bbl 210 310 lb-ft - -
300 V8 300ci 1x4bbl 250 352 lb-ft 7.2 sec 15.8 sec

Transmission


  • 3-Speed
  • 4-speed
  • 2-speed auto

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Regal Black
Arctic White
Silver Cloud
Marlin Blue
Wedgewood Blue
Surf Green
Sunburst Yellow
Claret Mist
Coral Mist
Teal Mist
Desert Beige
Bronze Mist
Tawny Mist
Granada Red
Diplomat Blue

Interior

Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black

OEM Brochures


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