Friday, August 22, 2014

A Nova by any other name is sometimes a Skylark

Parked up against the ramp leading to the Pulaski Bridge in Brooklyn was this smart little ride:
This is a 1978 Buick Skylark in the beautiful color Light Green Poly. This was one of the many Chevy Nova variants of the era. The Nova was so hugely popular that in 1973 GM decided to offer a version from each of their sub-Cadillac divisions. The faux-Novas were the Oldsmobile Omega, Pontiac Ventura, and Buick Apollo. After being known as the Apollo for years the 4 door Buick Nova brought back the storied Skylark nameplate.
I think this car looks sharp as a tack! The proportions of the 4 door are, to me, perfect. In addition the formality of the front end makes it hard to believe it's the same car as a Nova. I love the fact that this car has a matching light green interior to really underline the greenness of it all.
This particular Skylark is in almost impossibly good condition considering nobody in their right mind would bother restoring a basic 4 door from this era. I'm sure the paint is original, as are the matching hubcaps.
That trim line on the side leads up to the trademark Buick portholes, stylized into rectangles by '78. The only way to identify the correct year on these rides is the grill which had all vertical bars in '77 and a prominent central horizontal and vertical bar on the '79.
These cars are mostly forgotten today as they were a modest step-up from Chevy but grocery-getters nonetheless. If you were looking for the trademark Buick luxury you went with either Electra or Le Sabre, but if you wanted a Nova with fake wood on the dash and comfy seats you got this.

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