1968 Buick Skylark

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Overview


The 1968 model year was one of significant change for the Buick Skylark. Although still using the same basic chassis, all of GM’s mid-sized cars adopted a policy of using two different length wheelbases.


The 1968 model year was one of significant change for the Buick Skylark. Although still using the same basic chassis, all of GM’s mid-sized cars adopted a policy of using two different length wheelbases. Two-door models used a shorter wheelbase of 112 in (2,845 mm), while four-door models used a longer wheelbase of 116 in (the Buick Sport Wagon and Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser used an even longer wheelbase of 121 in). All of GM's mid-sized cars received all-new sheet metal. Federally-mandated safety features improved occupant protection and accident avoidance starting with the 1967s.

The Gran Sport, previously an option package available on the Skylark, became a separate series. In a reshuffling of models in the lineup, the Special Deluxe replaced the previous Special. The Skylark nameplate was shuffled down a notch to replace the previous Special Deluxe. The previous Skylark was replaced by a new Skylark Custom.

The basic Skylark was available as a two-door hardtop coupe or a four-door sedan. The Skylark Custom came as a two-door convertible coupe, two-door hardtop coupe, four-door hardtop sedan, or four-door sedan.

The previous V6 was discontinued and the associated tooling was sold to Kaiser Industries, which used the V6 in its Jeep trucks and sport utility vehicles. The base engine in Buick Skylarks (and Buick Special sedans) became a 250-cubic-inch inline six-cylinder engine using a 1-barrel Rochester carburetor (borrowed from Buick’s sister Chevrolet division) that produced 155 hp (116 kW) at 4200 rpm.

Optional on the Skylark and standard on the Skylark Custom was a new 350 cubic inch V8 engine using a 2-barrel Rochester carburetor that produced 230 hp (170 kW) at 4400 rpm. This engine was based on the previous 300- and 340-cubic inch-displacement V8 engines.

Production Numbers


HTP CPE 32,795
4-DR SDN 27,387
CUS HTP CPE 44,143
CUS HTP SDN 12,984
CUS CONV CPE 8,188
4-DR CUS SDN 8,066
Total Production 133,563

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
250-1 6-cyl 250ci 1x1bbl 155 235 lb-ft - -
350-2 V8 350ci 1x2bbl 230 350 lb-ft - -
350-4 V8 350ci 1x4bbl 280 375 lb-ft - -
340-2 340ci 1x2bbl 220 - 8.3 sec 16.2 sec

Transmission


  • 3-Speed
  • 2-speed auto

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Regal Black
Midnight Teal
Arctic White
Blue Mist
Deep Fathom
Teal Blue Mist
Ivory Gold Mist
Aqua Mist
Brunished Saddle
Maroon
Tarpon Mist Green
Scarlet Red
Olive Gold
Desert Beige
Charcoal
Silver Beige Mist
Buckskin
Cameo Cream
Inca Silver Mist

Interior

Black
Blue
Red
Buckskin
Gold
Green
Maroon
Parchment
White

OEM Brochures


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