My grandparents, John and Marie Robb, ordered this car new in the winter of 1971. Marie loved convertibles and she loved this one so much she kept it until she became too old to drive it.
October 2006 I flew out to Indianapolis and drove the Skylark back to Boston. Here is a photo I shot at Larz Anderson Auto Museum shortly after arriving
The following winter the restoration began at Paintworks in Dover, NH. The entire car was stripped, body panels repaired or replaced, rear bumper straightened and rechromed. Winter of 2007-2008 the motor was swapped with an Osborne-built Buick 350 from Kentucky and the 2.56 open rear end was replaced with a 3.42 posi. On a visit to New England in June 2008, my grandmother and I blasted through the foothills in central New Hampshire all the way back to Boston. It was awesome. She passed away in late November of that year and my cousins and I drove to Indy for her funeral. It was an ardous journey for many reasons which I will not detail here.
Winter of 2008-2009 the car was back up in New Hampshire for a few touch-ups and new top. The AC unit has been rebuilt and blows cold again and a new aluminum radiator replaced the failing plastic one that had been put in at some point in the 1980s. If you are interested, images of the entire rebuild process can be viewed in this Flickr set. Here are a few shots of the car as it sits now
There is still work to be done this year, mainly interior and engine bay details.Tags: 1972, buick, convertible, skylark