You wouldn’t normally consider a Buick Skyhawk to be a collector car. In fact, you might have even remember that there was such a car. But we’re selecting one — a 1977 Buick Skyhawk S — as the Pick of the Day because of its history and the sales pitch being made in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com.
The car has been owned by one family since new, and it is being advertised for sale by a dealership in Alsip, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, that has the car as a consignment.
Right up front we’ll note that this car is being offered for only $3,900, and it needs work, but the dealership says it could be the ideal “father-and-son” project, to which we’ll add that it also might be the ideal father-and-daughter restoration project. The dealership also suggests the Buick could be the basis for a car to take to the drag strip (presumably because there’s room under the hood for a small-block V8).
“The ‘First Generation’ Buick Skyhawk is a subcompact, four-passenger, hatchback automobile produced for the 1975 through 1980 model years sharing a wheelbase and width with the Chevrolet Vega,” the dealership reminds, adding that other GM H-body cars were the Chevrolet Monza (which many folks did take to the race track), Oldsmobile Starfire and Pontiac Sunbird.
The “S” signifies a hatchback body style for the Pick of the Day. Buick also produced Skyhawks in standard formal roof architectures. The advertising dealership notes that Skyhawks were produced in Canada, and that only 5,821 of them were made for the 1977 model year.
This one was purchased new from Baber Buick-Opel in Fox Lake, Illinois, but moved to Wyoming with a family member and was stored outdoors there.
“Does start but will require some work to get roadworthy,” the dealership points out. “Carpets removed to show solid rust-free floors. Will need fuel pump to fire up, will also need complete brake work.”
By the way, that new fuel pump comes with the car, but needs to be installed, and there are other spare parts as well.
The car does have a 231cid V6 engine linked to an automatic transmission, an aftermarket AM/FM/CD audio and a “rare 3-piece spoiler is included with the car.”
The 231 V6 was rated at only 105 horsepower, but pumped out 185 pound-feet of torque when new. It is believed the car and engine have been driven only 61,381 since new.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.