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1963 Buick Skylark convertible


1963 was second year for Buick's new Skylark model
1963 was second year for Buick’s new Skylark model

Priced at $11,800 or best offer, the Pick of the Day is a 1963 Buick Skylark convertible that might be a nice starter car for someone looking to get into the classic car hobby.

The Skylark, or Series 4300 in Buick terminology, was launched as a 1962 model and available as a two-door hardtop or convertible. It was little changed for the ’63 model year, when it gained full-length body-side moldings with Buick logos on the grille and on the rear between the tail lamps. Convertibles, which comprised about one quarter of Skylark production, came with vinyl interior, which was optional on the hardtop.741156_21939087_1963_Buick_Skylark

According to the classified advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the car is located in Batesville, Virginia, a town west of Charlotte in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The car is driven regularly, the ad says, with some 35,000 miles without trouble in the past 10 years.

“The car has been maintained regularly, has always been garaged and is very reliable,” the private seller promises.

“It has the famous 215 ci aluminum V8 which was rebuilt shortly before I purchased the car,” the seller says. “This Buick starts easily in all weather, doesn’t smoke and has lots of power. It has a modern TH 350 automatic transmission which drives and shifts easily. The car has a modern solid state ignition, there is a new exhaust and the radial tires have good tread.741156_21939075_1963_Buick_Skylark

“The body is in very good condition,” the ad continues. “The floor boards and rocker panels are solid. The paint shows nicely and the car is very straight. There are only minor paint chips on the car. All the chrome is in nearly new condition with a brilliant shine. The glass is all original and in good condition.

“The convertible top is in good usable condition and all the rubber weatherstripping is in very good condition. The interior is in great condition with nearly new vinyl seat coverings, door panels and carpet. All the electrical components and gauges work well. The heater has a new core and blows hot. The car has a retro FM radio.

“In summary, this Skylark is a very reliable, sporty and good looking car.”

The ad states that the exterior and interior are “partially restored.” It includes 26 photos so you can see for yourself the exterior, interior and engine compartment, and even two photos from below the car so you can see the condition of the chassis.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Funny, I could have sworn that was a Special. Did they share the same body style? My first car was a ’63 Buick Special 4 door.

  2. Hi Al. Yes, they made a Special conv too. The Skylark was avail only as a 2 dr ht, and conv. That “Skylark “is missing it’s entire upper beltline molding. Also the rectangular Skylark emblem below the the “portholes” is in the wrong spot. It belongs next to the headlight pods on the front fenders. The interior is has a totally incorrect pattern. As the lower dash & upper door panels are white, the entire interior should be white. Excepting the upper dash, steering wheel & carpet, which should be black. It does have the chrome rear grille, exclusive to the Skylark. My guess is that someone cobbled this one up from a Special conv. Wheel covers & floor shifter are wrong too. Former 1963 Special Deluxe sedan, and 1963 Skylark conv owner, Cliff Temple

  3. comment on the buick skylark. by VIN is a 63 a 3 or what. is a 62 a 3 or what ? have a skylark here to sell for a friend. VIN shows a 3 . car looks like a 62 skylark. was there a strange vin in that year? howard

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