Buick Skylark GS

After the success of the Pontiac GTO, which bowed as a high-powered option package for the Tempest Le Mans in mid-1964, the sound of “me too” could be heard ringing through Detroit. Buick’s answer was the 1965 Skylark GS, which also debuted as a mid-year option, offering the big 401 “nailhead” V-8 on the reinforced chassis in the mid-sized Skylark. Buick had also introduced the Gran Sport Riviera to the full-size market, and the muscle car race was on.

Heavy duty suspension and dual exhausts were standard, and a Skylark GS was tested by Motor Trend, which reported 0-to-60 in 7.8 seconds, a quarter mile in 16.6 seconds at 86 mph and a top speed of 116 mph. With 4.30 gears and slicks, a race-prepped GS clocked 13.42 seconds in the quarter mile at 104.46 mph at the Winternationals.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

325 hp, 401 cu. in. V-8 engine, four-barrel Carter carburetor, two-speed turbine 300 automatic transmission, dual exhaust, independent front suspension by wishbones and coil springs with sway bar, rear live axle and coil spring suspension, four wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

Source: RM Auctions

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