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Here in the United States of America we tend to think we’re the best at building killer muscle cars and street machines but sometimes that’s not the case. Countries like Australia have given us a run for our money recently along with our Canadian friends up north. Let this Readers’ Rides submission serve as a prime example of that.
This supercharged big-block Chevy-powered 1972 Buick Skylark is owned by Nelson Laguna of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He purchased the car back in 2012 but the Buick it was back then is nothing like the street machine beast it is today. After a few years of ownership, Nelson sent the Skylark over to Hinton Automotive, also in Ottawa, Ontario, for a rebuild.
The 1972 Skylark was originally powered by a 350 ci small-block but during the refresh the little V-8 was ditched in favor of a 505 ci big-block Chevy. Even more than that, he had the engine topped with a Weiand 6-71 supercharger fed by dual FiTech EFI throttle bodies to give it that intimidating street machine style. All that muscle sticking through the hood wasn’t simply for show because on the dyno it put down 732 horsepower. Not bad for an old Buick.
Nelson Laguna’s 1972 Buick Skylark Build Specs:
- Engine: 505 ci big-block Chevy with forged internals and a Howards Cams hydraulic “blower cam”
- Induction: Weiand 6-71 supercharger with dual FiTech throttle bodies
- Transmission: TH400 3-speed automatic
- Rearend: Ford 9-inch with 3.55:1 gears
- Suspension: Lakewood 70/30 struts up front
- Wheels and Tires: Centerline wheels with Mickey Thompson ET Street R tires
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