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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