Is it really a T-Type without a turbocharged engine? In the case of this manual-transmission 1986 Buick Skyhawk listed for sale on Hemmings.com—a car backed by its original purchase paperwork—the answer is yes, making it a fairly rare example. Perhaps more important, though, is the fact that the car remains in stellar shape with nothing but a set of wheels required to put it back to factory condition, making it likely one of just a handful of J-body Skyhawks—T-Type or not—that would turn collectors’ heads these days. While it’s probably possible to add the turbocharger to it, the hatchback probably deserves to remain in a state of preservation for as long as possible. From the seller’s description:
10K Documented Original Miles. One of America’s forgotten hot-hatchback. Though the GN is widely recognized as Buick’s iconic sleeper of the 80’s very few remember its long lost siblings, the Skyhawk T-Type and Sport Hatchback with a turbocharger powerplant of their own. The Skyhawk T-Type’s were ridiculously quick and undeniably styling and underrated performance helped lay the groundwork for the hot hatch segment that is booming today. Yet, nobody recalls perhaps the very car that started it all. The GM J-body. This example is one of the lowest mile T-Types in the United States. Well documented and near flawless example of GM’s best J-body.
This one was ordered new at Mountjoy Buick in Hanover Pa. on September 15th, 1986. Options are as follows: 1. tinted glass-105.00 2.acoustics pkg.-36.00 3.ft & rear mats-29.00 4.delay wipers-145.00 5. rear sunshield-199.00 6.fold down armrest-45.00 7.grey lower accent-195.00 8.cruise control-175.00 9.leather wrapped wheel-40.00 10.tilt-125.00 11.power steering-225.00 12. sb radial w/l tires-84.00 13. value plus pkg -200.00 14. cass-etr am-fm radio-354. total MSRP 12325.00