Buick Apollo

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Not to be confused with Apollo (1962 automobile), a sports coupe powered by Buick engines.
Not to be confused with Holden Apollo.
Buick Apollo
'73 Buick Apollo (Cruisin' At The Boardwalk '15).jpg
1973 Buick Apollo GSX
Overview
Manufacturer Buick (General Motors)
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]
Chronology
Predecessor Buick Special
Successor Buick Century (1978)

The Buick Apollo is a compact car that was manufactured from 1973 to 1975 by Buick. It was based on the GM X platform along with the Oldsmobile Omega, Chevrolet Nova, and the Pontiac Ventura. The car was named for the Greek 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 coupe, hatchback, or as a 4-door sedan. The two-door models were renamed Skylark for 1975; only the 4 door sedan in the '75 model year carried the Apollo nameplate. 112,901 were built.[3]

The 1974 Buick Apollo debuted with very subtle differences. The grill surround was enlarged, and roof mounted safety restraints were added. A GSX package was available on the coupe for 1974, however, the GSX was relegated to purely cosmetic changes, lacking any performance upgrades that distinguished it in previous years. It was available in red or white and featured a blacked-out grille, unique striping, white vinyl bucket seats with red interior accents, and wire wheel covers. The GSX was available with both the L6 and the 350 V8, and could be ordered with any of the optional equipment available to other Apollo models.

Standard equipment on the Apollo included in no particular order, a 250 cubic-inch 1-barrel L-6, semi-closed cooling system, manual brakes with finned front drums, coil spring front suspension with stabilizer bar, extensive use on insulation and sound deadening materials, flow-through ventilation system, full-foam seats, front and rear ashtrays, strong, reinforced front bumpers, carpeting, deluxe steering wheel, roof drip moldings, and front and rear wheel opening moldings.

Optional available equipment included a 350 cubic inch 2- or 4-barrel V-8, Turbo Hydra-matic 350 auto transmission, variable ratio power steering, power drum or power front disc brakes, E78x14 bias-belted tires, custom cloth interior trim, convenience center storage compartment, tilt steering wheel, climate control air conditioning with low Freon detector switch, rear window defogger (blower), tinted glass, sport mirrors with drivers remote control, bumper protective strips with white accent stripe- front and rear, bumper guards front and rear, color-coordinated body protective side moldings, deluxe wheel covers, deluxe wire wheel covers, chrome-plated styled wheels (Buick rally wheels) and a custom vinyl top. 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.

The 1975 Apollo was only available as a 4-door sedan and adapted the redesigned X-body shell with a boxier European look which replaced the former Coke-bottle shape. For 1976, the Apollo nameplate was replaced with the Skylark name and the 4-door sedan body supplemented the existing Skylark 2-door coupe and hatchback body styles.

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.