1972 Buick Skylark

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Overview


1972 was the last model year for the mid-sized Buick Skylark. During this model year many pollution controls were added to the Engines, Compression was lowered, engines had to accept leaded and unleaded gas, and spark timing was retarded (no vacuum advance in lower gears) while driving in lower gears to reduce emissions.


1972 was the last model year for the mid-sized Buick Skylark. During this model year many pollution controls were added to the Engines, Compression was lowered, engines had to accept leaded and unleaded gas, and spark timing was retarded (no vacuum advance in lower gears) while driving in lower gears to reduce emissions.

For 1972, the base Buick Skylark used the 350 cubic inch V8 with the 2-barrel Rochester carburetor (now putting out 150 horsepower) as standard equipment. A new federally mandated system to calculate power was put into effect that year, and the actual engine performance was probably comparable but slightly lower because of pollution controls in the 1972 model year to the 230 hp (170 kW) that was listed for the previous year. The Skylark 350 now used a version of the same V8 engine as the base Skylark, but with a 4-barrel Rochester carburetor that generated 180 hp (130 kW).

An interesting limited-production model was the 1972 Buick Skylark 350 Sun Coupe, which was a Skylark 350 Hardtop Coupe that featured a sliding vinyl sunroof, with a vinyl covering over the front portion of the roof (a landau design). Special striping and "Sun Coupe" badges on the rear pillars completed the package. Conversion work was subcontracted to the American Sunroof Company (ASC). Production of the Sun Coupe was approximately 3,950 units.

Skylark Customs were available with the same 350 cubic inch V8 engines available in the basic Skylark and the Skylark 350. The Custom had an upgraded interior and dash with some extra chrome. Convertibles only came in the Skylark Customs and the Skylark 350s.

For the 1973 model year, the Buick Gran Sports, Skylarks, and Sport Wagons would all be replaced by the new mid-sized Buick Century. Since Centurys were available with Gran Sport trim, the Gran Sport name was once again reduced to being an option package.

Production Numbers


SED 4D and 350 SED 4D 42,206
CPE 14,552
HTP CPE and 350 HTP CPE 84,868
CUST SDN 4D 9,924
CUST HTP SDN 12,925
CUST HTP CPE 34,271
CUST CONV CPE 3,608
Sportwagon 4D 2S 14,417
Total Production 216,771

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
350-2 V8 350ci 1x2bbl 150 265 lb-ft - -
350-4 V8 350ci 1x4bbl 180 275 lb-ft 9.5 sec 17.3 sec

Transmission


  • 3-Speed
  • 3-Speed Auto

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Arctic White
Crystal Blue
Hunter Green
Sandalwood
Antique Gold
Silver Mist
Seamist Green
Fire Red
Cascade Blue
Stratomist Blue
Heritage Green
Burnished Copper
Cortez Gold
Sunburst Yellow
Flame Orange

Interior

Black
Blue
Green
Sandalwood
Saddle
White
Tan

OEM Brochures


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