1985 Buick Skyhawk Wagon

22 - 1985 Buick Skyhawk Station Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin

The Buick Skyhawk started out as a badge-engineered upscale version of the wretched Chevy Monza, took 1981 off, then returned as a front-wheel-drive J-body in 1982. This car is largely forgotten today, and the station wagon version manages to be even more forgotten. Still, a few remain, and this ’85 hung on for nearly 30 years before washing up in The Crusher’s waiting room.

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12 - 1985 Buick Skyhawk Station Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin

This one is about as used up as it gets.
08 - 1985 Buick Skyhawk Station Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin

No, this isn’t an Iron Duke, nor is it the Opel pushrod four used in the Chevette. This is the overhead-cam 1.8 liter version of the GM 122 engine, which produced a not-so-zippy 84 horsepower in 1985.
04 - 1985 Buick Skyhawk Station Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin

However, the 5-speed vampired fewer horses than the slushbox.
06 - 1985 Buick Skyhawk Station Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin

GM used five-digit odometers well into the 1990s, so we can’t tell whether this car did 35,000 miles, 135,000 miles, or 735,000 miles. My money is on the second guess.
10 - 1985 Buick Skyhawk Station Wagon Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin

Overhead cams and fuel injection were still semi-futuristic in 1985, at least for Detroit. Bragging rights for Skyhawk drivers!

 

Source: The Truth About Cars