And This Doomed '62 Skylark Is a Coupe, Even!

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

Somehow it hurts a lot more when you’re looking at a Crusher-bound slab of 1960s Detroit Iron that has just two doors.

This Skylark is beat to hell, but it appears to be reasonably unrusted and complete.

The General was still a total cheapskate when it came to dash components, but he still used metal for switches and controls back in the early 1960s. No, you don’t want to hit this stuff with your face when you have a non-seat-belt-equipped fender-bender, but it sure looks good.

I spotted this car in a Denver wrecking yard, right next to the ’72 Bronco we saw a couple days ago.

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Dec 31, 2010

    While this car may be an interesting find to some, it would never really be worth much. They were forgotten due to the popularity of the A bodies. What is really surprising to see there is the first gen bronco, those cammand pretty steep prices, and I bet someone will save that one .

  • Joeaverage Joeaverage on Feb 11, 2011

    I see a Corvair i think down the line. Maybe two?

  • 3-On-The-Tree Lou_BCsame here I grew up on 2-stroke dirt bikes had a 1985 Yamaha IT200 2-strokes then a 1977 Suzuki GT750 2-stroke 750 streetike fast forward to 2002 as a young flight school Lieutenant I bought a 2002 suzuki Hayabusa 1300 up in Huntsville Alabama. Still have that bike.
  • Milton Rented one for about a month. Very solid EV. Not as fun as my Polestar, but for a go to family car, solid. Practical EV ownership is only made possible with a home charger.
  • J Love mine, but the steering wheel blocks dashboard a bit, can't see turn signals nor headlights icons. They could use the upper corners of the screen for the turn signals. Mileage is much lower than shown too, disappointing
  • Aja8888 NO!
  • OrpheusSail I once did. My first four cars were American made, and through an odd set of circumstances surrounding a divorce, I wound up with a '95 Nissan Maxima which was fourteen years old and had about 150,000 miles on it.It was drove better, had an amazing engine, and was more reliable than any of my American cars. This included a new '95 GMC pickup that went through five alternators in under two years while the dealership insisted that there was no underlying electrical problem while they tried to run the clock on the warranty.That was the end of 'buy American'. I've bought from Honda and VW since, and I'll consider just about anything except American now.