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1968 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible

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Most of you approved of the super-beater '70 Skylark, with a small but vocal minority who felt physical pain at the very sight of the beat-to-hell Buick. I'm pretty sure that the approval rating of today's Skylark will be be fairly high across the board, given that it's a 40-year-old red convertible that lives on the street and all. This clean-looking Buick parks just across the street from the yellow '72 Beetle we saw last year.

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The Skylark Custom came with the luxury trim package, including fender skirts and plush padded vinyl interior. The standard engine was a 250-inch six, but just about all buyers opened their wallets for the 230-horse Buick 350 (and some went ahead and paid for the 300 horsepower 400).

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Mmmm, padded vinyl! This car listed at $3,098 new, which was 97 bucks more than the Fairlane GT convertible (and 700 bucks less than the '68 Lotus Europa).

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These photographs date from more than a year ago; it was actually one of the first cars I shot for this series, but I saved it "for a special occasion" for so long that I forgot the photos even existed.



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I have to chime in here for a moment. I don't think the color sweep molding is original to the car. This is the type of molding that dealers often offered as an "appearance and protection" package. The color sweep vinyl didn't take off until the 70's, when the car companies had to offer something to hide the hideous cars some how.

Anyway, I doubt that GM would have continued the molding over the fender skirts (Yes, that's what they were called at one time... just showing my age) and didn't offer any protection from parking lots in that location.