1962 BUICK SYLARK CONVERTIBLE ALUMI NAILHEAD MOTOR
Price: - Item location: Belleville, Illinois, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Buick
- Model: Skylark
- Type: Convertible
- Trim: Convertible
- Year: 1962
- Mileage: 11560
- VIN: 311604547
- Color: Black
- Engine size: All Alum Nailhead
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Red
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1962 Buick Skylark ConvertibleThe car for sale is a 1962 Buick Skylark Convertible. This car was Motor Trends car of the year in 1962 for obvious reasons with its wonderful styling and curves and great luxury features. Amazingly ahead of their time, these cars featured an all aluminum engine block, cylinder heads and intake manifold back in 1962 and this one still retains the aluminum motor. They called this a nailhead motor. The transmission is powerglide automatic. My relative bought it for his wife who graduated in 1962 from high school back in 2000ish. They were fortunate enough to get to drive it to their 50 year class reunion before they both unfortunately passed away last year. I bought the car from there estate and have enjoyed taking cruises (156 miles last weekend) in it with the power top down ever since.
Here is the trim tag information:
Buick Division of General Motors Flint Michigan
07-E FB 6418 BODYSTYLE 62-4367 Trim 177. AA1. PaintACC A6H17. THIS BODY FINISHED WITH MAGIC MIRROR ACRYLIC LACQUER BODY BY FISHER
The trim tag breaks down as follows:07-E =is build dateFB = Flint Michigan build plantStyle= 62-4367 is model year and 2 Dr Skylark Convertible.Trim= Red vinyl interiorPaint= AA1 equals Regal BlackBottom line= accessories codes.
As you can tell from the trim tag, this car is the real deal. A first year for Buick Skylark being its own model, real code correct Convertibl, correct black paint, correct red vinyl interior, correct automatic transmission. The car started life just exactly how it presents itself here. It just needs those few extra steps and a little TLC to take it back to its glory days.
The mileage shows 11,560 miles currently. I know the person my Uncle bought it from bragged very much on its extremely low mileage. I have no way to verify either way whether it has that mileage or has turned over once. The overall condition of the car and with all originality that remains with the car I lean towards the lower number but will not state it to be those miles because I can not authenticate.
Although the car is a great driver condition running driving car it is not perfect. The car sat for over a year with my Uncles illness. When I pulled it from his garage, the first thing I did was put a new battery in the car. I am a very picky about maintenance on my cars so even though the fuel smelled ok we went ahead and boiled out the gas tank and had a 94 piece carburetor rebuild kit done to the original Rochester carburetor by a ASE certified mechanic who specializes in antique cars. I was told by the mechanic the best thing I could do for the car was to drive it as much as possible. I did that this year driving it at least weekly and taking it on 3 drives over 100 plus miles. It performed well for its age. I have noted that the right front brake cylinder seems a little sticky when I first start driving the car after it has sat. The mechanic stated although it drives great after a short distance it could use both front brake wheel cylinders replaced. I priced them at O'Reilly auto parts and they are $12,79 apiece. Labor to replace is $59. I have not done this so the new owner should expect this to be a future maintenance item. The car has very expensive Coker factory look alike replacement tire that are believed to be about 6-7 years old but knee deep in tread. The electric over hydraulic power top works but like most cars of this age needs a little help on the first six inches or so as it goes up. The car has typical rust you would expect from a car of this age but still presents it self very well. There is a small half dollar sized area in front of the drivers side rear tire where it is not rusted through but has pushed out some as well as in the drivers side inner wheel shows metal rust (not exterior body but an internal wheel wells not seen) It's not too bad but in the interest of a fair description I wanted to mention it. These cars untouched retaining their original all aluminum motors are very hard to find. Everybody has a Mustang convertible but very few people have the all original first year 1962 Buick Skylark Convertible. Everywhere I go in the car people always come up because they have never seen one of these before. This is a very unique car, not perfect, but in phenomenal condition for its age. Please feel free to contact me via phone or text with any questions.Jeremy.(618) 977-5966