One of the most popular versions of the Chevrolet Celebrity is the Celebrity Eurosport. Buick went in the other direction, harnessing the technology for purely performance-oriented applications. Diesel power departed after '85. Even slightly detuned for refinement that would have been a compelling choice in a luxury B-body coupe. The Buick Century received the Polk Automotive Loyalty Award in 1998, indicating a higher percentage of returning customers than any other mid-size vehicle.
By replacing the Skylark, the Century inherited the Gran Sport performance option. Standard Catalog of Buick, 1903—2004 3rd ed. Buick's Series 40 model range became the , the Series 80 became the , and the Series 90, Buick's largest and most luxurious vehicles, became the. Aesthetically, the Series 60 remained almost unchanged, and the same fact occurred also in the following year. Power windows were standard in the convertible. Century owners often reference the craftsmanship of the car as a reason for later models' popularity. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557257351026 ; listingsSearchManager.
The name replaced Skylark for Buick's mid-sized cars. Definitely a Malaise Era car. For time and place, it was a very nice car. The two-door, including the Turbo Coupe trim, stuck around for 1980 before disappearing; production volume for the 1980 two-door was a measly 1,074 units. The last year that the Stage One high performance version, with high lift camshaft, enlarged ports, enlarged valves and dual exhaust was available was in 1974.
The tailgate system was operated by switches on the instrument panel or a key switch on the rear quarter panel. As an added bonus, their turbo tester averaged 16. I wish I could get one of the Turbo versions someday. The Century was replaced by the due to poor sales. The 4-cylinder engine gained 12 horsepower late in the 1989 model year. The 1975 and 1976 models were the longest station wagons ever built. This feature never appeared on its sibling the Oldsmobile Ciera, which retained the inline switch bank mounted flush with the door panel, the rear switch being the drivers door window.
Both four-cylinder gasoline units and V6 engines were offered in this generation, although neither became popular. Buick even issued a small catalog devoted to this car. The redesign moved Centurys to the platform, rejoining its former Regal sibling. Or is it the other way around? Or did the 301 arrive in 1979? The basic formula for the 1936 to 1942 Century was established by mating the shorter behind-the-engine cowl bodies to the Roadmaster's larger and consequently longer engine compartment. To lower development and production costs, the A platform shares design commonality with the compact-car ; the Celebrity shares its 104. Unusually, Buick dropped it after only a year, even though they had not yet announced the upcoming new direction of the brand which would lead to the extinction of almost all their sporty models. In this generation, the Century and Regal were nearly the same car, distinguished only by seating configurations, trim and engine differences.
I was excited to see the Gran Sport and knew the 3. On the contrary: the Gran Sport came with a compelling mix of both performance and visual upgrades. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. It was eventually replaced by the Buick LaCrosse in 2005. The Turbo Coupe was not nearly as popular as the similar Regal Turbo Sport Coupe of the time, and total production is estimated to be less than 2,500. An alternate choice would be one of the Century Sport Wagons….
Buick Centuries were used in the 1975 and 1976 Indianapolis Motor Speedway as pace cars. Also, the interior received new door panels moving the window switches and door lock switches into a more convenient configuration found on more modern cars, where the switch location corresponds with the window location in the car body. The standard engine now was the 5. With the introduction of the new front-wheel drive Century in 1982 see below , the existing notchback sedan and wagon models were transferred to the Regal line. It had, at the beginning of the generation, a full-length denoting the top model for Buick at the time.
The all-new replaced both the Century and Regal. Plus I had no idea how rare that car would be. Automotive Information Systems rated the 2004-2005 models of the Century as exceptionally reliable with minimal mechanical problems. For 1980, the 305 was supplanted by the Chevy 265 and the Pontiac 301. Although the Estate Wagon model was discontinued in 1990, the Estate trim designation continued on the mid-size Century and full-size Roadmaster station wagons through 1996.