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My Classic Car: 1962 Buick Skylark named Phoebe

Amy shares the history of her rose-colored coupe


My 1962 Buick Skylark has always been treated with love and respect from the day she was driven off the Steven Buick Corp lot on August 1, 1962.

The first owner bought her, my Buick, from one of the Stevens Buick Corp .dealerships in Mount Vernon, New York. Back in 1962, Buick Skylarks cost just $3,436.99.

The owner’s wife used the car more than her husband did since he worked in NYC and took the train into the city.

Buick, My Classic Car: 1962 Buick Skylark named Phoebe, ClassicCars.com Journal

Rumor has it that she wouldn’t let anyone ride in the beautiful Skylark until they washed off their shoes, and absolutely no smoking in the car would be allowed. She was so adamant about not smoking that she had the lighter disconnected to be sure it wouldn’t happen. Due to her adamance, the ashtrays and lighter are as they were the day the car was bought, as is the rest of the car.

I acquired my 1962 Buick Skylark, Phoebe as I like to call her, in September 2020 with 35,972 original miles. Phoebe is all original and she just won her first major award from the AACA national show as well as the historical preservation original features award at Saratoga Springs, New York.

Phoebe has a 215cid 4-barrel V8 high-performance aluminum engine and is finished in Camelot Rose paint with an Arctic white top. There were only 2,300 made in Camelot rose, far less with the two-tone that she comes in.

Buick, My Classic Car: 1962 Buick Skylark named Phoebe, ClassicCars.com Journal

The interior features a dash clock, tissue box and front and rear full carpet protectors.

Phoebe is a beautiful time capsule showing the class and styling of a bygone era. She astonishes just about everyone that sees her.

-Amy Bamerick from Syracuse, New York

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  1. She is BEAUTIFUL but the headline is incorrect – she is not a convertible!
    (It reads: “Amy shares the history of her rose colored convertible coupe.”)

  2. Actually, back in the day two door cars without the “sedan frames” around the door glass and the frame in front of the rear glass were called “hardtop convertibles”.

  3. I had one of those as a first car in 1973. Unfortunately, I assume some sort of large mean dog had been released inside to vent his anger. It smelled of tranny fluid. Eventually, the right front wheel came off of the suspension system while making a left turn before it ground to a stop. Pretty embarrassing to have to go retrieve the wheel in the street. What do you expect for $100? But, I always had a soft spot for those cars. Beautiful car!

  4. My dad bought a brand new 62 metallic blue with white roof. I was 14 when he got it. I turned 16 and I was driving it. Soon, I had cutouts installed at the local muffler shop and put in bigger jets in the Rochester carb. AL aluminum engine block!


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