Buick Skylark Series 4300 (1961-1963)
Body versions :
Coupe , convertible
Gasoline :3.5 liters (138-147 kW)
Curb weight :
In the middle of the model year 1961 a two-door coupe appeared as a special model Skylark within the series 4300 of the Special Deluxe . Its V8 engine with 3523 cc and 185 bhp (138 kW) at 4800 rpm was also available on request for the other special deluxe models.
The Skylark series, which included a hardtop coupe and a convertible in 1962, was once again an independent series. The coupe with B-pillars was left out of the mix. The engine's power was bumped up to 190 bhp (140 kW). Only minor stylistic alterations were made. The Skylark was given its own model for the 1962 model year. It used the same basic sheet metal as the previous year's Special and Special Deluxe models, but it had two new body styles: a two-door convertible coupe (shared with the Special and Special Deluxe models) and a two-door (pillarless) hardtop that was exclusive to it. The 215-cubic-inch V8 was tuned to produce 190 horsepower (140 kW) at 4800 rpm. The Skylark Special was also the first American car to use a V6 engine in mass production, debuting in 1962. This 198 cid Fireball was engineered down from the 215 and used many of the same design parameters, but was cast in iron. Output was 135 hp (gross) at 4600 rpm and 205 lb⋅ft (278 N⋅m) at 2400 rpm.
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 17.6 m/imp gal, 14.7 m US gal, 16.0 1 x 100 km:
MAX SPEED: 105.6 mph, 170 km h
max speed in 1st gear: 43.5 mph, 70 km/h
max speed in 2nd gear: 71.4 mph, 115 km/h
max speed in 3rd gear: 105.6 mph, 170 km/h
power-weight ratio: 14.1 lb/hp, 6.4 kg/hp
useful load: 882 1b, 400 kg
acceleration: standing 1/4 mile 17.6 sec, 0 in direct drive at 1000 rpm: 20.2 mph, 32.5 km/h.
In 1963, the Skylark debuted with a more edgy design and larger size. The engine's output was raised to 200 horsepower (147 kW). The Special's body was restyled in 1963, and some interior alterations were made, mainly to the dash and instrument cluster. A two-door pillared hardtop coupe, a four-door sedan, a convertible, and a station waggon were all offered for the 1963 Special. A base 198 cu in (3.2 l) V6 with a twin-barrel carburetor was available, as well as an optional 215 cu in (3.5 l) V8 with 155 horsepower (116 kW) (two-barrel) or more powerful four-barrel (190 hp (140 kW) in 1962, and 200 hp (150 kW) in 1963).
Transmission choices were a 'three on the tree' manual transmission, a floor shift Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed manual, or a two-speed Turbine Drive automatic. The two speed "Dual Path Turbine Drive" automatic was a Buick design and shared no common parts with the better known Chevrolet Power-Glide transmission.
The Skylark Coupé Special built 12,683 units in 1961, and 85,294 vehicles from the Skylark in the following two years.
Buick Skylark Coupé Technical details and specifications (1961-1963)
BODY: coupé; doors: 2; seats: 5; front seat". double. PRICE NEW: $ 2,613.
ENGINE CAPACITY: 215 cu in, 3515.25 cu cm
front, 4 stroke
cylinders: 8, Vee-slanted at 900
bore and stroke: 3.50 x 2.80 in, 88.9 x 71.1 mm
engine capacity: 215 cu in, 3515.25 cu cm;
max power (SAE): 200 hp at 5000 rpm; max torque (SAE).
cylinder head: light alloy
crankshaft bearings: 5
valves: 2 per cylinder, overhead, with push rods and rockers, hydraulic tappets
camshaft: 1 centre of Vee
lubrication: gear pump, full flow filter
carburation: 1 Rochester 4GC downdraft 4-barrel carburettor
fuel feed: mechanical pump
cooling system: water;
driving wheels: rear
clutch: single dry plate
gear box: mechanical; gears: 3 + reverse
synchromesh gears: (I) 2.57, (II) 1.55, (III) 1, (Rev) 3.489
gear lever: steering column
final drive: ; ratio: 3.23 : 1.
front suspension: independent, wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, telescopic dampers
rear suspension: rigid axle, trailing arms, coil springs, transverse linkage bar, telescopic dampers.
turns of steering wheel lock to lock. 5.
braking surface: total 129.87 sq in, 837.77 sq cm.
voltage: 12 V
battery: 61 AMP
ignition distributor: Delco-Remy
headlights: 4 front and reversing.
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:
wheel base: 112.10 in, 2847 mm
front track: 56.00 in, 1422 mm
rear track: 56.00 in, 1422 mm
overall length: 192.10 in, 4879 mm
overall width: 70.20 in, 1783 mm
overall height: 53.60 in, 1361 mm
ground clearance: 5.84 in, 148 mm
dry weight: 2830 1b, 1284 kg
turning radius (between walls): 20 ft, 6.1 m
width of rims: 4.5"
tyres: 6.50 – 13
fuel tank capacity: 13,33 imp gal, 16 US gal, 61 1.
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Service details: Buick Skylark Series 4300 (1961-1963) 215 cu in
fuel: petrol, 95-100 oct
engine sump oil: 3.3 imp 4 US qt, 3.8 1, SAE 5W-20 (winter) IOW-30 (summer)
gearbox oil: 1.8 imp qt. l
final drive oil: 1.7 imp qt, 2.0 US qt, 1.9 1
steering box Oil: 0.9 imp qt, 1.0 US qt
cooling system capacity: 11.2 imp qt, 13.5 US qt, 12.8 1.
valve timing: (inlet) opens 29 ° before tdc and closes 71 ° after bdc, (exhaust) opens 67 ° before bdc and closes 33 ° after tdc
tyre pressure (medium load)': 1.5 atm, rear 22 psi, 1.5 atm.
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