1980 Buick Skyhawk

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  1. jwdtenn

    jwdtenn Well-Known Member

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    Poison_Ivy The crazy kid in the sandbox

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    Once converted over to the turbocharged version, it'd be the baddest pocket rocket in town. Then, it would be interesting to see how long it would take to bust off that 85 mph speedometer's needle
     
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    cammerjeff Longroofs Rule!

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    That is a rare one, they only made the Buick & Olds H-bodies for the 1st 2 or 3 months of the 1980 Model year. That one is odd with the stainless roof band option, but the almost never seen base Buick Logo Dog Dish hubcaps & A/C. All Skyhawks had the 231 V6 (ok a few had the smaller Buick V6 the 3.2 model) I like the car but like all H-bodies they have to be inspected for rust everywhere. But a few rust free examples have turned up.
     
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    You just might be the only one with this at a BCA meet.....it would be a conversation piece.
     
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    Even has A/C.

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    cammerjeff Longroofs Rule!

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    I have never made up my mind if I like or Hate the optional stainless B piller trim on Skyhawks, but I like it on this car. This car has Gauges, sport mirrors and some sort of appearance package with the blacked out trim panel between the tail lights, not to mention the full console.
    But some of the tan interior plastic panels are starting to turn to dust (very common with red or tan interiors on H-bodies)
    The louvers on the rear 1/4 windows look odd body colored to me, I remember seeing them either shiny or blacked out.
    But after looking at pictures on line I see they are mostly body colored if the car has them.
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    1975_Buick_Skyhawk (2017-07-04T12_53_31.771).jpg The louvers on the quarter windows were stock on H-special Buick's for this year. You are correct that they were body colored from the factory. This car is fairly loaded, guages, AC, tilt, etc. Odd that the poverty caps with trim rings were ordered. At one point in time, my family had 2 Skyhawk's, my 1975 and my mom had a 1980 like this but white with blue interior.

    This is my current 1975 which is very close to my first one:
     
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    cammerjeff Longroofs Rule!

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    That is a good looking 75 you have, I have never owned a Skyhawk, but have owned almost every other Hatchback version of an H-body with the exception of a CV, 78 Monza S, of a 78-79 Monza Wagon. Also a Vega express panel van. Have never had one of those either.
     
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    Wonder why the decision in the later years to go with dual headlamps - the quad design was much more distinctive.
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    Not to mention, just plain better-looking.
     
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    cammerjeff Longroofs Rule!

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    I think it was to make it look different than the Chevy Monza HB, the 75-77 Starfire & Skyhawk front end just differs in minor ways from the Monza HB's Front end.
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    I actually prefer the look of the 79-80 Olds Starfire's
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    I don't agree. The single headlight config just, well, it just makes the front end look too much like the other cars in the GM lineups. They would've done better if the designers had kept the dual headlights, but put a few styling tweaks to the nosepiece.
     
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    Styling is all a matter of personal opinion, anyway.
     
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    They've offered both, on the "Starfire"'s overseas near twin brother

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