Skyhawk: pages 4 and 5

The Skyhawk probably wasn’t the first car that would come to mind at the mention of Buick. Yet, the J-body gave the brand a compact product entrant for the traditionally non-Buick demographic. And a pretty good looking one too.

1987 Buick (Hot Buicks) brochure - 4-5

Tied with Regal for number of Touring Option packages, the Skyhawk offered four, including the exclusive Interior Sport Package (option code WN3). The others were the Exterior Sport Package (option code WN2), ‘T’ Package (option code Y56), and Turbo Package (option code WN4).

1987 Buick (Hot Buicks) brochure - 4-5

The Interior Sport Package included an updated red-back-lit instrument cluster with “gages” (sic), an easy-entry front passenger seat, trip odometer, front and rear custom seats, red door inserts, and sport steering wheel.

The Exterior Package basically blacked out all the bright work, including the fixed mast antenna, leaving only the wheels and emblems (complete list shown in enlarged photo). Unfortunately, it granted non-turbo Skyhawks the opportunity to play pretend since it included a fake “turbo” hood borrowed from the Turbo Package. It also featured fog lamps with covers, and amber park and turn lenses.

The ‘T’ Package upgraded the suspension, wheels and tires, and added leather to the steering wheel and badges to the outside.1987 Buick (Hot Buicks) brochure - 4-5

The Turbo Package, indicated above, included a “turbo” hood scoop but deserved it, having the LT3 underneath which produced 165 horsepower and 175 lb.ft. of torque. Its Garrett T-25 turbocharger was water cooled but not intercooled and produced a maximum of 9 pounds of boost.

What I don’t get is why they used this particular person (above) to drive this car for the shoot. It seems rather counter productive, no?


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