This is one for someone with patience, some spanners, some paint and a lot of money for petrol.
“Tatty” describes this remnant of Detroit’s golden years, a Buick Skylark which descended from the base-model Special as a line of its own in 1964. That´s a recurring theme in GM’s model evolution, how separate lines would emerge from trim variants and sometimes fade back again. It makes these cars somewhat hard to pin down if you are not into the cladistics of the USican automotive zoo. That bifurcation of product lines is something that doesn’t happen so much now. Maybe the Ford Vignale might be a recent example of the type (though Top Gear’s 2016 Car Buyers [sic] Guide does not even deign to
give it even a postage stamp-sized entry of its own. I’d really like it if the Vignale series got some of its own body-work as it would be a way for Ford to grow their price-range without making a ridiculously large saloon which no-one really wants anyway.
Returning to the topic: the Skylark shows common styling features with Opel’s cars of the same period. The 1964 resembles in some ways the 1963 Riviera and that connects it to the 1964 Opel Kapitan/Admiral/Senator lines. It could very easily have been sold as an Opel, I would say. And at the time Opels appeared in Buick show-rooms in the US. That makes the similarity in styles somewhat illogical, doesn’t it? Did you know there is an Opel Club in the US?
The car here is for sale at ZK Biler in Silkeborg, one of two used-car dealers in the area who seem to end up with oddballs and eccentrics. Entropy has been nibbling at the Skylark’s interior. It has a thoroughgoing air of total decay. I suppose that while the car’s metal and glass elements can be repaired, finding an interior for this car is something of of a challenge. In all likelihood a good interior would be sourced from a car in better overall condition than the car in question here, rendering the process of restroration somewhat pointless.
In other words, if you found a good interior for the Skylark it’d be coming from a car in less need of work than this one. An even better bet would be simply to find a running, nice car in the US and import it. Unless you have a yen for long-projects, this car is probably to be avoided. For half the price of the disintegrating Skylark there’s a shiny, lovely Peugeot 607; for a quarter of the price they have a battered Citroen CX 2.2 TRS with the inevitable rusty rear door, and for the same money as the Skylark you can have its distant relative, an Opel Omega 2.2 in very good nick. One of these days I’ll have to turn up and take one of these cars for a test drive.