Buick Apollo

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Not to be confused with Apollo (1962 automobile), a sports coupe powered by Buick engines.
Buick Apollo
Skylark1978.jpg
Overview
Production 1973–1975
Body and chassis
Class Compact
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door hatchback
4-door sedan
Platform X-body
Related Chevrolet Nova
Pontiac Ventura
Oldsmobile Omega
Powertrain
Engine 250 cu in (4.1 L) Chevrolet I6
350 cu in (5.7 L) Buick V8
Transmission 3-speed manual
3-speed THM350 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 111 in (2,819 mm)[1]
Length 200.2 in (5,085 mm)
Width 72.7 in (1,847 mm)[2]

The Buick Apollo is a compact car manufactured from 1973 to 1975 based on the GM X platform along with the Oldsmobile Omega, Chevrolet Nova, and the Pontiac Ventura. The car was named for the Roman god Apollo.

It was powered by a 250 in³ Chevrolet inline six or an optional 350 in³ Buick V8, available with either a 2- or 4-barrel carburetor. The Oldsmobile 260 was added as the base V8 option for 1975. It was available as a hatchback and notchback coupe and as a 4 door sedan. The two-door models were renamed Skylark for 1975, and the sedan followed the year after. 112,901 were built.[3]

A GSX package was available on the coupe for 1974. It was available in red or white and featured a blacked-out grille, unique striping, and bucket seats, among other features.

Other options included side moldings with chrome colored highlights surrounding the molding, running parallel to the 3 front fake rectangular portholes, called "ventiports" on both front sides of the car, from front to back. Other options included chrome around the side windows and optional large chrome plating around the whole bottom curvature of both front doors on the two door model. There was also an option of extra protection with large front bumpers added to the front of the car along with the protection of a heavy absorbent bumper already mandated for the front and back. There were optional sport side mirrors for the front driver and passenger side, chrome rectangular side view mirrors were standard. Steel-belted tires were introduced in 1975.[4]

There was no antenna mounted on the body of the car. Instead, two wires were inserted in between the layers of glass in the front windshield.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory Index: Buick/1975_Buick/1975_Buick_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Directory Index: Buick/1973_Buick/1973_Buick_Apollo_Folder". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Buick Production Figures 1950-1979". Buicks.net. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Directory Index: Buick/1975_Buick/1975_Buick_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.