Junkyard Find: 1984 Buick Skyhawk Custom
The General got his money’s worth out of the J Platform, which began with the 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier and ended 23 years later with the Pontiac Sunfire. Buick’s only J-body was the 1982-1989 Skyhawk, which took the name of the much more successful rear-wheel-drive H-body Skyhawk of the 1970s.
Here’s a sporty five-speed ’84 Skyhawk in a Denver-area self-service yard.
84 horses wasn’t much for a 2,369-pound car, even by 1984 standards, but at least this one has a five-speed manual transmission. It wasn’t long before the idea of any Buick with three pedals seemed very strange.
AM, FM and cassette! Just the thing for your Frankie Goes To Hollywood tapes.
Was there much difference between the 1984 Skyhawk, the 1984 Cavalier, the 1984 Cimarron, the 1984 Sunbird, and the 1984 Firenza? Not really. For four-door sedans, the Cavalier cost $6,222, the Sunbird cost $6,799, the Firenza cost $7,301, the Skyhawk cost $7,345, and the Cimarron a staggering $12,614. Since a 1984 dollar is worth $2.45 in 2018 dollars, that’s quite a price range.
It’s just the car for uncharacteristically young Buick shoppers (wearing, tellingly, what appears to be 1930s clothing) looking for a good car deal on the moon.
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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