Classic Captions – The 1963 Buick Skylark Convertible Edition


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car or truck companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. Here we have a young couple doing a little House Hunting, but we will get to that in a moment…


Last time, we had an image of a Toy DeSoto, and the response level was dreadful, and I really don’t quite know why… However, let’s see how good the captions were. The runner up caption was actually my favorite this week, and it was by mkep819, and it was perfect for the time period: “Unfortunately for Johnny, Betsy knew that he forgot to check off the “Cootie Protection Package” option, when ordering his new ride.” Ah yes, I remember the term “Cootie” when I was a lot younger than I am today, but there was one that you guys seemed to like better…

And the winning comment was from Number_Six, but there was a small mistake buried within the caption: “You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.” – A young George Lucas gains 40 years of material in just one outing with his pedal-powered DeSoto. Um, Number_Six, this car was actually powered by a small Briggs & Stratton Engine, but the caption was still funny, so congradulations on winning the classic caption contest this time.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and I’m going back to standard Automotive Advertising Images because you guys seem to respond to them better. This particular picture is part of an advertising page for the 1963 Buick Skylark Convertible, with a bright young couple looking into a house that sports a simple “For Sale” sign. The House itself looks rather ramshackle, but you never know what treasures you might find inside. The ad copy is rather interesting, and goes like this: “Find secret places… In the adventurous new Buick Skylark. Powerful Aluminum V-8 engine, choice of 3 silk-smooth transmissions. Dashing bucket seat interior. Despite its modest price, a “limited edition” car, every inch a quality Buick”. What the hell were the ad-men thinking when they came up with this drivel? What is a Modestly Priced, Limited Edition quality Buick anyway? And is this really a way of selling a car during this time period? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (The couple almost look like they are trying to break in…), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this dog-gone image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

Hooniverse Wagon Sunday – An Original 1960 Valiant Suburban Wagon located in Arizona…

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This will be the last post for the Hooniverse Wagon Sunday, and I thought I would go out with a bang… With this Chrysler Valiant Suburban Wagon. Now, 1960 was the debut year for the Valiant, and it wasn’t badged as a Plymouth… No, this was set up to be sold at all Chrysler dealers, once they signed on as a Valiant retailer. It was only the next year that they were identified as a Plymouth, only after the Dodge Boys received the identical Lancer variant. So, this is an original Valiant, with the famous Slant-Six, and a floor-shifted Manual.

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Hooniverse Wagon Sunday – A 1969 Buick Skylark Sport Wagon; The Other Vista Cruiser…

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The Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser is an iconic piece of Americana that is easily recognizable as a milestone vehicle today. There may have been other wagons through this time period that sold in greater numbers, buy none were more memorable. And that is really a very sad thing when it comes to our next featured wagon because it had all the styling hallmarks of the Vista Cruiser, including the “Vista” Roof Windows. Presenting a very well maintained 1969 Buick Skylark Sport Wagon, the other “Vista Cruiser”…

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Hooniverse Wagon Sunday – A Sinister Looking 1973 Plymouth Satellite Wagon from Texas…

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I hope you are enjoying Hooniverse Wagon Sunday, and our next wagon has a Sinister Look to it, even though it has a faded light blue paint scheme. The Plymouth Brand has always had their fair share of “Sinister” looking vehicles during the late 60′s and early 70′s, and I think this wagon carries on that tradition. What I want to know is what do you think about it?

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Hooniverse Wagon Sunday – A 1978 AMC Matador Wagon from Quebec…

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I have to confess, this is one of my favorite wagons that I will be posting for the weekend. This is a 1978 Matador Wagon (which ticks off all the right boxes for me, and I bet for many of our fans as well), equipped with the standard 360 CID AMC V-8 (in its last year of production for cars), and is fully equipped, at least according to the seller. So, is this wagon truly as lustworthy as it seems to be?

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Hooniverse Wagon Sunday – An exceptionally clean 1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon on Craigslist

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Well, since it’s officially the Summer Vacation Season, I thought I would do a series of postings specifically centered around that long lost vehicle of choise for families on the go, the Station Wagon. I have found a few that are currently kicking around the web that are for sale, starting with this beautiful 1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon.

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1976 Mazda Cosmo Coupe, Available in British Columbia…

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What are the chances of locating an unloved Mazda Model that is still in fairly decent condition? Well, the seller must want to sell this car badly, because he listed his Canadian Mazda within the Las Vegas Pages of Craigslist, which is a bit odd if you ask me… Anyway, when was the last time you’ve seem a Cosmo in any condition? Make the jump to see more…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Meet the “Missing Linc”; A 1978 Lincoln Town Shorty…

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Every once in a while I come across something that is so bizarre, and so out there, that I have to show it to the Hoons that frequent this site, like this thing that is currently on eBay. This is a Customized 1978 Lincoln Town Car that has been shortened, and then was subjected to all sorts of styling modifications that are questionable at best. So, would you ever consider owning this Town Shorty?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1987 Dodge Colt Vista Wagon with only 53 Miles on the Odometer!

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Welcome to another Weekend Edition here on the Hooniverse, and I thought I would start with this time capsule I discovered on Craigslist. This is a Dodge Colt Vista Wagon from 1987, produced by Chrysler’s Japanese Partner at the time, Mitsubishi. In other markets around the world, this was a Mitsubishi Chariot, and it was an extremely versatile wagon for it’s time. You could almost say it was a Mini-Minivan, which pre-dates the current Mazda 5. So, it this Chariot for you?

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Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage – 2006–08 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and Impala SS V8

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Welcome to the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage, a regular feature which aims to expand the notion of what a muscle car is, and to see if a FWD car can be called a muscle car. I must be out of my mind for doing this post, after the last drubbing I received for the 2005 – 08 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP, but here I am, trying to convince you that a couple of other GM cars, with a 5.7L V8 can be considered being inducted onto the Garage. So let’s see if the 2006 – 08 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, and the Impala SS can be considered an obscure muscle car.

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