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Buick first used the nameplate in the 1930s, commemorating its to exceed 100 mph. The year to see a wearing the ‘Century’ name in the World War II was in 1954. This had Buick’s most powerful in the smallest model, and fitted tastefully understated bodywork. The ‘Fireball’ overhead-valve V8 engine was of producing 255 horsepower in 1956. took less than ten with the quarter-mile times of 17 seconds and a top speed exceeding 110

The Century was styling, with the oval ‘ventiports’ and leather For 1956, Buick built 4,721 Century Convertible

This example was given a restoration in the mid-2000s. It is painted in blue with a correct blue, dark blue and tri-tone interior, with Grosse Pointe carpets.

In this Buick Century was for sale at RM Auctions ‘Automobiles of Island’ sale in Amelia Florida. The car was estimated to sell for As bidding came to a close, the car has sold for the sum of $66,000, inclusive of premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr

The name Buick Century was the name utilized by the Buick of GM for their line of full-size cars from 1936 1942, from 1954 158 and from 1973 until for a mid-size vehicle. For the 1936 year Buick renamed its model lineup in celebration of the modifications and design advancements their 1935 models.

For this lineup, the Buick’s 40 model range morphed the Special, the Series 80 became the and the Series 90 which was Buick’s and most lux became the Limited. The Century took over the of the Series 60.

From 1936 1942 the Buick Century was by joining sorter wheelbase Special bodies to Buick’s eight-cylinder engine. The Special was by Buick’s 233in³ that was at 93hp at 3,200 rpm, Buick Centuries that produced from 1936 1942 were powered by inline 320.2in³ at 120 hp. Both of capacities made them the Buicks of the era and both were of producing speeds of 95 mph plus. earned the Century nickname banker’s hot rod.’ At the end of the 1942 year the Century was discontinued and the model production only up counting for 10% of Buick’s entire

1954 rolled in, and with it the name once again introduced, using the same of joining the smaller, lighter Special body to the largest and fierce 322 cubic inch V8 This gave Buick a performance vehicle. Also in this period’s lineup was a wagon model, which was a style that had been unavailable during the Century’s production run in 1936.

One year the California Highway Patrol a huge fleet order for 2-door sedans. This style was not available to the general and was a special order only. The 2-door sedan combined the 2-door sedan body with Century power-train and In the popular TV series ‘Highway Broderick Crawford was shown a 2-door Century sedan the first season.

The Century continued to remain in performance lineup with the power rising from 200 in to 236 in 1955, jumping to 255 in 1956 and in and 1958 it topped out at 300 from a 364 cubic inch engine. were the final model for the full-sized Century line.

1957 until 1958 the received GM’s only station wagon, the Century and this was because the Century was the senior ‘small Buick’. the Caballero was not very popular to and the tolling was too expensive, and this GM to drop the hardtop station body style. It resumed it divisional-wide new design program. The was renamed the Invicta for 1959.

The nameplate couldn’t stay and in 1973 it once again on the rear-wheel drive intermediate the same body that was with Pontiac GTO, Grand Prix, Can-Am, Am and Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. In all of GM’s intermediate models a redesign and the Century name Skylark on Buick’s mid-size wagons, and some coupes.

this point forward, the was Buick’s bread and butter of smaller line, alongside the new Regal coupe. This was available with two and four versions of the Buick 350 that put out 150 and 175 hp An option on this version was 455.

Since the Skylark disappeared following 1972, the received the elite Gran Performance option. Due to emission the Stage 455in³ (7.5L) V8 was diminished, the Century GS coupes of until 1975 continued to be performers by the standards of the time. To fuel economy regulations, later models of this generation became equipped 231in³ (3.8L) V6s.

For both 1973 and 174 the Century now the Luxus high-end trim but in 1975 the ‘high end’ was renamed the Century Custom. new this year was the all new 110 hp 231 V6 installed as equipment. The optional big-block 455 was now to the station wagon. The 455 was killed and the 403 was available on 1977 Century For the 1976 model year, GM received a whole new facelift gave the Century a taller and flat grille along quad rectangular headlamps.

The Special’ was a Buick Special was debuted from 1975 1977 and was marketed as part of the model lineup as an entry car. The coupe was based on the fastback body style but the Special featured a special roof that covered of the quarter glass. This it the appearance of the higher-lever formal vehicles. Both 1976 and models also featured a body-color header panel.

In a new design appeared on the scene, a redesigned Century in the form of a coupe, or ‘aeroback’ and also a along with a more styled station wagon. new car was narrower, over a foot and a few hundred pounds lighter the car before it. Due to fuel economy the V6 engines were still Buick’s new 196 was the base engine was introduced specially for the Regal and the Optional were the 231 and the Chevy For 1979 the Pontiac 265 and 301 replaced the engine.

The Century Turbo Coupe was one of the rare models from until 1980 and it was powered by a variation of the 3.8L V6 which performance like V8 but more fuel consumption. Unfortunately the Coupe wasn’t nearly as as the similar Regal Turbo Coupe of the same era, the production was estimated to be less 2,500.

Unfortunately the fastback also didn’t fare sales-wise, and it was updated to be more a conventional notchback in 1980 and the coupe was dropped. The following the fastback coupe was deleted. In the new front wheel drive was debuted and the existing notchback and wagon models were to the Buick Regal line.


An all new Century was debuted in 1981, time on the front wheel A platform, in both coupe and form. For 1984 a station was added to the lineup and replaced the old wagon. The Buick Century was in an Olympic version in 1984 commemorated the 1984 games in LA.

Two later, all variations were with a new, much angular front fascia. 189 inches overall length, the was 104.9 inches. This offered both four-cylinder and V6 engines though neither very popular models. In the mid performance versions of several models, including the Century were available under the name. The performance was modest for the T-Type with Buick’s (3.0L) V6 that produced 110 hp. The 3.8 SFI produced 140-150 hp which sprightly performance in this lightweight vehicle.

Sold new at Buick dealerships, 124 Century Coupes were into convertibles by Hess / Car Craft in Lima, Ohio 1985 until 1986. were not factory authorized not considered a coach convertible.

For the Century received a pretty updo that included a roofline though it continued on the platform. The rear quarter were replaced with plastic inserts with the tri-shield emblem. The stand-up ornament was now standard while the end received flush headlamps a rounded grille.

The sedan were easily recognized by the due to their flamboyant full-width This was considered to be a very feature on a smaller sedan, but it was one carried on a Buick tradition of taillights. In 1991 the exterior was updated. In 1993 the 2.5L I4 was with an all new 115hp 2.2L. The year the coupe model was and all models received a standard side airbag. Also new year, the 160hp 3.3L V6 was replaced with a 3.1L V6 the same power rating power on the 2.2L I4 was up to 120hp the introduction of MFI. The vehicle to carry on with the original style dash while a speedometer replaced the wide one.

Three years the Century was redesigned for the final The four-door sedan was the only style available, and it continued to be a drive V6-powered configuration. The moved to the W-body platform. the Regal and the Century were the same vehicle, and were only by the trim and engine The Buick Century was priced than the Regal though, but it was the lower powered and the ‘plainer’ of the two and offered only a 3.1L V6 The Century’s reputation for quality the same though.

Once the Skylark was discontinued 1998, the Century became entry-level vehicle for the first and Buick attempted to position the as a lower-priced alternative to Honda’s and

In 2005 the all new Buick LaCrosse both the Buick Century and the For 2005 to mark the end of era, and a with a rich history, a run of Centuries with special were produced. On October 2004, the final Buick rolled off the assembly line.

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