1955 Buick Century 2-door Sedan on 2040-cars
Ashford, Connecticut, United States
|For sale is a red and gray 1955 Buick Century sedan with 95,893 miles. This model featured a 322 cubic inch V8 "nailhead" motor and a Dynaflow 2-speed automatic transmission. This model was designed to be performance-oriented, mating the largest displacement Buick motor of the time with the relatively lightweight "Special" chassis. The 236 horsepower Century had a 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds and could do a quarter mile in about 17 seconds. The California Highway Patrol placed a large order of special edition Buick Centuries to use as law enforcement vehicles in 1955. Actor Broderick Crawford was shown driving a 2-door Century sedan during the first season of his famous TV series "Highway Patrol." I don't want to imply that this is the exact model he drove, but it is representative of the body style and design elements that, for many, defined the pinnacle of American car design and styling.
I bought the vehicle in 1990 with 86,151 miles and the intent to fully restore it to original condition. To that end I had the original engine rebuilt in 1992 and the Dynaflow transmission rebuilt in 1993. The previous owner had the interior reupholstered in 1989. I have kept the vehicle garaged since buying it, but it has not been driven in the last 10 years. The engine turns over and runs from an external fuel can, but the fuel delivery system itself is gummed up and needs to be replaced. The electrical system--radio, lights, etc--is not working and the brakes most likely need some attention. The transmission shifts between park, neutral, drive and reverse, but has not been used at road-speed for 10 years.
As mentioned above, the car needs electrical, and fuel work. The tires hold air, but are pretty dry rotted. The brakes haven't been used in over 10 years, but they aren't seized--the car will roll.
I don't have a title for this car, but have the original registration paperwork and receipts for the work that I have had done to it. The car will have to be transported from my location by flatbed or tow-truck.
This car is an excellent candidate for continuing a complete cosmetic restoration, but could also be made road-worthy with relatively little additional work--brakes, fuel system and lights.
Feel free to message me with any additional questions.
Buick Century for Sale
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Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:30:00 EST
Judging by the spy shots we saw last week for the 2014 Buick LaCrosse and 2014 Buick Regal, we knew it wouldn't be much longer until we saw both sedans receive a grand debut. Today, Buick confirmed to Autoblog both cars will be introduced at the New York Auto Show next month, but no further information has yet been released about either model.
Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:58:00 EST
Having been on the market for an extra couple years, the changes to the LaCrosse appear to be more significant than those coming for the Regal, but both will be getting refreshed exterior designs as well as updated interiors. The Regal's new face brings it more in line with the all-new Encore and the restyled Enclave, while the LaCrosse should get a more distinctive, upscale appearance.
Both cars will be introduced exactly a month from today, and we'll be there to bring you all the coverage.
Although the first day of the 2013 New York Auto Show kicks off bright and early this morning, Buick got a jump on the competition by unveiling the 2014 Buick Regal lineup last night. While the Regal received many upgrades for the 2014 model year, most of our attention was focused on the sedan's drivetrain.
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When the new Regal hits dealers this fall, buyers opting for the new Regal Turbo will be welcomed by an additional 39 horsepower and 35 pound-feet of torque from the 2.0-liter turbo engine; the 2014 Regal GS now features the same output of 259 hp and 295 lb-ft, meaning that it has actually lost 11 hp over the 2013 model year. Buick says the reason for the GS' power loss comes from the fact that the newly available all-wheel-drive system forced the car to use a smaller diameter exhaust system, but representatives on hand assured us that the reduction of horsepower won't affect the car's performance and could even help improve fuel economy. And who knows? Maybe downgrading the power of the Regal GS also helps create a little breathing room for a future Grand National or GNX model...
Although the power under the hood is now the same, it is still impossible to confuse the two cars from the outside. Minor updates give both a fresher look, but the Regal GS has an unmistakeable aggression to it. The GS' interior also helps it stand apart from lower Regal trim levels with an eight-inch configurable gauge cluster similar to what is offered in the 2014 LaCrosse. The cabin of the Regal wasn't given an extensive makeover like the LaCrosse received, but the upgraded IntelliLink infotainment system and the cleaner center stack and steering wheel controls are appreciated changes.
We've spoken at length previously about the fallacy of poor hatchback sales in the US, and with the runaway success of its Chevrolet Cruze sedan, it's somewhat unsurprising to hear that General Motors is rethinking its decision not to sell an overseas five-door variant in North America as it looks to plug a number of holes in its lineup. GM North American President Mark Reuss admitted during a media luncheon this week that not offering the model "... was a pre-bankruptcy planning mistake," says Forbes. With the next-generation model already well-along in development, it's likely that the current Cruze hatch (shown above) won't see US dealers.
Reuss admits not offering the model "was a pre-bankruptcy planning mistake"
In what must have been a far-reaching conversation, Reuss hinted at a number of new products for many GM brands, including "a much more beautiful Panamera" range-topper for Buick (which sounds a bit like the line of reasoning the TriShield brand has been pursuing with its Riviera concepts) and a "Ford Transit Connect-fighter" to supplant the recently announced badge-engineered Chevy City Express from Nissan.