A CAMELOT ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
This little Buick caught my eye at the 2022 Syracuse Cavalcade of Cars back in March. It's pink finish drew me in and the show board really got my attention (which is why you should have a Car Show Life Show Board for your collector car <hint, hint>)
Amy Bamerick of Syracuse is the current custodian of this rolling piece of history. It is an AACA 2021 HPOF (Historic Preservation of Original Features) Award recipient for vehicles from 1930-1996, meaning that it retains all of its original features. It is on e of 2,300 Skylark Sport Coupes from 1962 finished in Camelot Rose and Arctic White.
She bought the car in September of 2020 and has determined that she is the fifth owner of the little Buick she calls "Phoebe Rose". It was originally sold in June of 1962 at Stevens Buick in Mount Vernon, NY to owner in Yonkers who kept the miles down by riding the train in to NYC. It changed hands in 1989 with about 20,000 miles on the clock.
The next owner drove it sparingly, getting the odometer over 33,000 mi before parking it in 1998. In 2014 it sold to a guy in Albany who kept it for just a few years before it changed ownership again in 2017 to a woman who just liked the color and wasn't a car person. But our friend Amy sure is.
When she got the car in 2020, she joined the AACA and began to show it. It received it's AACA HPOF certification. It's getting tough to keep the car's originality in tact. Amy describes having to go to extreme lengths of having the radiator re-cored to maintain it's original status.
In addition to the radiator shell, the car still wears its original paint and is powered by a 215 cubic inch V8 backed by a 2-speed Dual Path Turbine Automatic Transmission.