Buick an Unlikely Muscle Car
There were many unlikely players in the muscle car market, however, none of them were as an unlikely as Buick. The reason for this was simply due to Buick’s status before the advent of the muscle car. In General Motors eyes, Buick was just one-step below Cadillac.
Often times referred to the “Gentleman’s car” Buick was the last company anyone would have ever figured to be a player in the muscle car market. Regardless of Buicks reputation as the doctor’s car, in 1965 Buick dipped its toes into the muscle car waters.
In 1965, Buick Muscle Cars mainly consisted of a Gran Sport upgrade of their previous Riviera and Wildcat models. These two Buick Muscle Cars were considered more on the luxury side rather than the pure, unbridled power of a typical muscle car. However, this view changed dramatically mid way through 1965 with the introduction of the Gran Sport Skylark.
This vehicle was extremely notable given that it looked remarkably like the wildly popular Pontiac GTO. The Buick Skylark Gran Sport also had came with a heavier duty suspension package, dual exhaust, larger tires, as well as a host of other upgrades, including a poultry 325 horsepower.