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Old 02-06-2006, 03:49 PM
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I won this car off of ebay for $1700. 1973 Buick Apollo, I don't have much history on this car, or these cars in general but it was stored for the previous two years and is in decent condition and it runs wonderfully. I will be doing a little research on it. It has a "Buick 350 2 bbl" with a th-350 tranny, posi. Only 60,xxx miles on it. I figured since I didnt want to get too deep into my tranny until its paid off and my 75 olds is a L-6, I might as well get something I can toy around with a bit. It cleaned up very well but I have to take those god awful yellow seat covers off and repaint some of the plastic on the inside but thats not a big deal. I can't wait to get some go fast parts for it!





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Should perk up if you take some of that smog stuff off, right?

Nice find, I've never even heard of an apollo.

A definite pimpmobile
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Looks in great condition as well.
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Should perk up if you take some of that smog stuff off, right?

Nice find, I've never even heard of an apollo.

A definite pimpmobile
Yeah it should perk up. Plus it only has a 2 bbl carb and I'm guess the gearing is 2:73's so there is plenty of potential. It runs pretty strong now so I'm sure with a few goodies it will be a fun toy despite its weight. This was the second time I had seen an apollo, my girlfriend pointed one out to me a long time ago, she loves old novas and it's "look alikes". Another weird thing is that the distributor is on the front of the engine.......must be a buick thing.
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Original Paint? Very clean!
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very nice find
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Cool Nova
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Thanks! I think it has been repainted before but no rust which is sweet. I am originally from MD so rust was an annoying part of the hobby.
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Old 02-07-2006, 12:08 AM
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There's one here:
http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/9762/apollo.html

And one on Cardomain:
http://www.cardomain.com/MakeModel/Buick/Apollo

And a couple here:
http://people.smu.edu/acambre/nova/
As well as quite a bit of Nova information.
"The Nova also had sibling cars (X-Body) in the U.S., starting in the early 70s, known as Pontiac Ventura and Ventura II(70?-77)Phoenix(78-79),Oldsmobile Omega (70?-79), and Buick Appolo (70?-75)/Skylark(76-79)."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevy_II
"After 1971, other GM divisions began rebadging the Nova as their new entry-level vehicle, such as the Pontiac Ventura II (once a trim option for full-sized Pontiacs to 1970), Oldsmobile Omega (1973) and the Buick Apollo (mid-1973). Interestingly, the intials of the four model names spelled out the acronym NOVA (Nova, Omega, Ventura, Apollo.)
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1973 - Buick and Oldsmobile entered the compact car market; both the Apollo and Omega debuted, using the same bodystyles from the Nova lineup.
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The Apollo was replaced by the sportier Buick Skylark after 1975 (during the 1975 model year, the Apollo nameplate was used for the 4-door sedan, while the coupe was badged as the Skylark), while Pontiac's Ventura became a more luxurious Phoenix during 1978 (the Phoenix was the first X-body fitted with square headlights). "

There used to be a whole site dedicated to them at http://www.buickapollo.com , but it's not working currently.
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Thanks for all the info. I tried to go to that site a few days ago I was hoping it would be up by now but I guess not.
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buicks shared motor designs with cadillac with the distributor in front instead of in back heads are not like pontiac olds and chevy so aftermarket stuff is sort of pricy and hard to come by taperformance along with poston buick are two good sources for parts hopefully body is good other wise good luck trying to find sheetmetal for it I had a 72 buick gs 455 i was gonna restore it till i discovered it was hard to get parts I SOLD THAT BITCH fast good luck with it cars are cool because they are pretty rare evewrybodys got chevelles and such
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Cool! My buddy's brother had a green Ventura of about the same vintage...
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Originally Posted by unfortunate5.0
buicks shared motor designs with cadillac with the distributor in front instead of in back heads are not like pontiac olds and chevy so aftermarket stuff is sort of pricy and hard to come by taperformance along with poston buick are two good sources for parts hopefully body is good other wise good luck trying to find sheetmetal for it I had a 72 buick gs 455 i was gonna restore it till i discovered it was hard to get parts I SOLD THAT BITCH fast good luck with it cars are cool because they are pretty rare evewrybodys got chevelles and such
O,ok. yeah hi perf parts are rare and pricey but I just want to pep it u a bit for now. Thanks for the sites I will definitely check them out.
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Nice car.It bring's back memories of my 73 Pontiac Ventura.
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