1984 Buick Skylark Custom

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Here's an example of badge engineering from the perhaps-best-forgotten GM X-Body platform.

1984 Buick Skylark Custom


While Chrysler's front-wheel-drive K cars were giving the company a new lease on life after near-failure and a government bailout at the tail end of the Malaise Era, The General wasn't doing quite as well with its X-Body platform. Sure, the X was front-wheel-drive and quite roomy for its exterior dimensions, but the performance was pretty grim and the build quality even worse. You could get a Citation, an Omega, a Phoenix, and a Skylark version of the X, with the Iron Duke four or the 2.8 V6.

1984 Buick Skylark Custom


These things are really, really rare on the street nowadays (I haven't seen a Phoenix for at least a decade, and even Citation sightings are noteworthy), so I was happy to find this daily-driven Skylark beating the odds.

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom

1984 Buick Skylark Custom


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