General Motors wanted more of the compact market. To get that market share, GM introduced introduced new line of compact cars in the 1960′s for Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Buick in 1961. The cars shared the same chassis, engines, and basic sheet metal and were known as the Buick Skylark, Pontiac Tempest and the Oldsmobile F-85.
1961 Buick Special Skylark
Introduced in the middle of the model year, the new Skylark was based on the basic Buick Special two-door sedan and called the Buick Special Skylark. The Skylark was distinguished from the Special by Skylark emblems, special taillight housings, lower body side moldings, turbine wheel covers, and a vinyl-covered roof. The interior of the Skylark featured plush all-vinyl seating and offered optional bucket seats. The Skylark came standard with a 215 cubic inch, all-aluminum block, high compression V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor.
1962 Buick Skylark
The Buick Skylark became a separate model in 1962. The Skylark used the last years sheet metal, but was available in two new body styles: a two-door convertible coupe and a two-door pillarless hardtop that was unique to the Skylark. The engine was also a carryover, but power to 190 horsepower.
1963 Buick Skylark
The 1963 Skylarks recieved new sheet metal, but used the same chassis and wheelbase as the previous models. The new exterior styling featured boxier styling. The length was increased by to 193 inches. Horsepower on the 215 cubic inch V8 was increased again to 200 horsepower. The Skylark consisted of a two-door convertible coupe or a two-door pillarless hardtop coupe.
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