From The Nailhead to Stage 1
From The Nailhead to Stage 1

1965 Buick Skylark Gran Sport  - Model Number 44437 Sport Coupe

*This car is for sale*

 

This car is originally from the Denver, CO area and was restored by the previous owner. I have owned it since 2015. It was Built in Fremont, California during the fourth week of January, 1965 and as such is one of the rare early-build Gran Sports with the small front grill “Square Style” Gran Sport emblems. The numbers matching engine has been resealed and painted but has never been rebuilt to my knowledge. Rust-free floorpans and frame were cleaned and painted with POR-15 paint. The body was repainted in the original code R Flame Red color and a new vinyl top was installed. Front and rear bumpers have been re-chromed. The car has all-new glass. Most of the interior is original and in great condition. The back seat still has the original upholstery while the front seats have been reupholstered with new, matching material in option 157 red. The red dash pad is original and does not have any cracks. The dash paint on the metal surfaces is original and has some patina but still looks great. The original white headliner is in fantastic shape.

 

The car was upgraded with disc brakes and Hotchkiss front and rear stabilizer bars when restored.

 

Since purchasing the car I have had the steering wheel re-cast in the correct red plastic, had the armrest bases re-plated and restored and had new armrest pads made in the correct color at Just Dashes. I also replace the auto parts store floor mats the car came with the correct reproduction red Buick floor mats, front and rear.

 

The car shows less than 58k on the odometer. I am not sure if this is 158k or 58k but it runs and drives like its the later number. The engine starts right up when cold or hot and runs at a constant 40 PSI of oil pressure at speed and about 32 PSI at idle. The coolant temperature generally runs less than 188 degrees F. This is the most trouble-free, best running Buick I have owned. The engine oil and filter were changed in June of this year. Engine code is LR 25b 5Z111458 ( I am not sure if the b is actually a 6 or not) which matches the VIN plate number of 44437 5Z111458, meaning this is a numbers matching car.  It has been stored in a climate and humidity controlled garage and driven occasionally to shows in the summer since I have owned it.

 

The previous owner replaced the original 4-speed transmission with a different unit to achieve different ratios. The original 4-speed transmission with “GS” cast into the housing is included. Additionally the original AM radio is included with the sale.

 

The car has 15 inch radial redline tires and reproduction Buick chrome wheels with correct style “bird” center caps. 

 

The car is equipped with the following original options:

Model 4437 Sport Coupe

A3 4-speed transmission

C8 Power steering and power brakes

D1 Sonomatic radio with manual antenna

E6 Rear speaker

K9 Backup lights

M6 windshield washer - dual speed wiper

O5 Remote control outside mirror (includes glare proof mirror, clock, trunk light)

U6 Convenience group

W5 Custom bright exterior moldings

33 Black Vinyl roof

157 Flame Red interior

Short console

Consolette with Tachometer

 

 

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