In 1953, Buick marked its 50th anniversary and this occasion was celebrated by General Motors through creating three limited-edition convertibles—the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta, Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado, and the Buick Skylark. Among the three convertibles, the Skylark had the most successful sales—with 1,690 units produced and sold.
1953-1954: Roadmaster roots
Initially, Skylarks were purely convertibles. They were created based on the Roadmaster, having identical dimensions, appearance, and features. However, additional options for the Roadmaster such as power windows, power brakes, full carpeting, and AM radios were made standard for Skylarks. The 1953 Skylark was initially powered by a V8 engine, and it was run by a 12-volt electrical system. It also featured full-cutout wheel openings and cut-down doors, which eventually became a trademark of Buick vehicles.
1961-1963: The comeback
After being discontinued, the Buick Skylark came back in 1961 as part of the brand’s line of intermediate sport coupes. It was reintroduced to the market as a subseries of the Buick Special. The following year, The Skylark was offered in two body styles—a two-door convertible coupe and a pillarless hardtop. Meanwhile, the 1963 model had boxier styling and new sheet metal. It was also lengthened by 5 inches and its V8 engine was upgraded.
1964-1967: Four-door sedan
In 1964, the Skylark shared a brand-new intermediate chassis with the Oldsmobile F-85, Pontiac Tempest, and Chevrolet Chevelle. With its new 115-inch wheelbase, the Skylark was equipped with a new V6 engine that had a Rochester 1-barrel carburetor. A four-door Skylark sedan was also introduced to the market. The success of the Pontiac Tempest, LeMans, and GTO, on the other hand, prompted the creation of a new Skylark submodel—the Gran Sport. Aside from having a powerful engine, the Gran Sport featured unique badging, a dual exhaust, and a heavy-duty radiator.
1968-1972: Saying goodbye again
The 1968 models produced by GM adopted a new wheelbase policy, causing a slight change in the Skylark. During this time, car models were also reshuffled, causing the Gran Sport to become a separate series. In 1973, the Skylark, together with other Buick vehicles, was replaced by the mid-sized Buick Century.
1975-1979: Second comeback
The Skylark reappeared once again in 1975 as a two-door sedan. It was powered by a 3.8L V6 engine that had a 2-barrel carburetor. This vehicle churned out 110 hp at 4,000 rpm.
1980-1985: Styles and trims
During this time, the Skylark shared the new GM X-body architecture with the Chevrolet Citation, Pontiac Phoenix, and Oldsmobile Omega. The Skylark was also made available in base, Sport, and Limited trims and it also featured two body styles with two- and four-door sedans.
1986-1991: Sporty segment
In 1987, a sporty T-Type model was introduced to the market. And in 1991, N-bodied Skylarks were offered for the last time.
During its last years, the Skylark received a total makeover and its body became more aerodynamic, reducing its drag in a drastic way. When production ended, the production line of the Skylark was turned over to the manufacture of the Chevrolet Malibu.