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YAK Car Pic of the Day

’76 Buick Skylark, Cambria, NY

Spotted this 1976 Buick Skylark in a church parking lot in Cambria last week. Perhaps the owner was praying for another 35 years of service. This body style was shared by every GM car division (Chevy Nova, Olds Omega, and Pontiac Ventura) except Cadillac . Some looked better than others; they all looked the same from a block away.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Joseph Coppola

    I HAD A SHIPMATE ON THE USS GUADALCANAL WHO HAD A 1976 NOVA. IT GOT HIM WHERE HE NEEDED TO GO. IT WAS LIKE A HAM SANDWICH, NOT UNIQUE, BUT NOT BAD EITHER. IT GOT THE JOB DONE WITHOUT ANY EXTRAS, NOT EVEN A PICKLE.

  • Omar

    Wrong, Cadillac also used it for a version of the Seville in the mid ’70s.

    • Jim Corbran

      Well Omar, not exactly. The first Cadillac Seville was based on the same platform as the Chevy Nova, yes. But it certainly wasn’t a version of the Nova, as were the Skylark, Ventura, and Omega — which were basically Novas with different grilles, taillights, and wheelcovers. The Seville had a longer wheelbase and overall length, and no body panels were interchangeable with the Nova, unlike the three badge-engineered clones. (And there was no two-door Seville, which is the body style we were featuring.)