The Sportwagon, introduced in 1964 along with its mid-size counterpart, the Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, had an elevated roof over the cargo area, with windows in the front and side. The "skyroof" design was basically taken from General Motors' Greyhound Scenicruiser bus of a decade earlier. Although the roof windows served no real functional purpose, they gave the Sportwagon a sportier appearance then traditional station wagons, as well as more room in the cargo area. The extra room allowed Buick to offer the car in a version with three bench seats that could seat nine people. The Sportwagon had a stretched wheelbase, a V-8 engine and an all-vinyl interior. The cars came in the same two trim levels as the wagon, Standard and Custom. The Skylark line continued through the 1972 model year and was briefly replaced in the Buick lineup by the Apollo series, a clone of the Chevrolet Nova.

THE SPECS

Price $3,214

Engine 300-cubic-inch V-8

Horsepower 210 at 4,600 rpm

Wheelbase 120 inches

Overall length 208.2 inches

Seating capacity 9

HISTORICAL FACTS

Year 1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson

Median family income $6,957

Dow Jones industrial average (year-end) 969.25

Academy Award movie "The Sound of Music"

Milestone Americans spend $60 million on prescription weight-loss drugs.