Cohort Outtake: 1980 Buick Skyhawk – The Saddest H-Body Of Them All?

posted at the Cohort by William Rubano

Two key developmental trajectories during GM’s H Body (1971 – 1980) lifespan were inverse. In terms of durability, it started out rock bottom and managed to get to a semi-reasonably level as the years went on. But in terms of looks, things went mostly the opposite direction. It started out looking exceptionally good and clean, in the form original 1971 Vega. The 1975 Monza re-skin had its good aspects. But except for that little reprieve, things went mostly downhill, culminating in this 1980 Skyhawk. Its Monza-borrowed body started out as an homage to the Ferrari 365 GTC/4. And what is this an homage to?

I don’t think I want to know. But I am impressed that there’s on still out there, as by 1980, the production numbers of these were in the four-figure range.