Buick Skylark
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Make: Buick
Model: Skylark
Buick Skylark

The Buick division of General Motors produced the Skylark, a passenger car that was made in six production runs. Each production run was quite different from the last and the design varied significantly. The changes were in part credited to changes in technology, consumer preferences changing, and upgraded standards being implemented over the years. The Skylark was introduced to mark Buick's 50th anniversary and this marked the first use of the name for a production vehicle. The Skylark had a pretty successful production run with a total of 1,690 units produced. This may seem like peanuts at this time however these were quite amazing sales numbers given that the car had a list price in 1953 of slightly more than US$5,000. In reality though, many simply sat in dealer showrooms and were eventually sold at a discount. Perhaps the most interesting bit about this model is the location in which it was manufactured. The Buick Skylark was made in Iran from 1975 until 1987. In Iran it was offered under the brand name "Buick Iran"! It is highly unlikely that Americans were aware of this fact as they looked in awe at the model. The first generation was known as the B2 whereas the second, and consequently, the last generation was known as the B3. The under the hood specification are such that this car was equipped with a 5.7 L engine. Drivers could also select the full option package, which included power door locks, power steering and automatic transmission among other things. Joining the Skylark in Iran were the Cadillac Seville and Chevrolet Nova, which were also manufactured during the same period. A newer and more compact Skylark debuted in 1986 and rode on the Oldsmobile-developed N-body platform. This later generation of Skylark highlighted a more upscale and aerodynamic design than its predecessor. It accomplished this by incorporating the long-hood/short-deck look popular at the time. Don't be confused; from 1988 on, Somerset coupes shared the Skylark nameplate.

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