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1955 Buick Century


Century was a new Buick model for 1955
Century was a new Buick model for 1955

Buick launched a new car line for the 1955 model year; Century was the name for what internally was known as the Buick Series 60.

“Buick’s new performance car combining Roadmaster power and the Special’s lighter weight, the Century had a more agile body and shared in the facelift given other 1955 Buicks,” The Standard Catalog of American Cars reported.

The Pick of the Day is a gorgeous ’55 Buick Century two-door hardtop coupe thst the private seller in Winnetka, Illinois, calls “Black Beauty.”

Interior is red and gray cloth
Interior is red and gray cloth

The seller notes that the car comes with interesting provenance. “The original owner was Philip D. Armour III, who was the grandson of the founder of the famed meat-packing company, Armour Meats,” the seller writes in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

“The car was purchased into my family in the late ’70s,” the seller adds.

The seller reports that of 80,338 such two-door hardtop coupes produced for the 1955 model year, this one was No. 20,148 off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.

The seller notes that the car was repainted in the late 1980s with several coats of black lacquer and that the red-and-gray interior was protected for many years by slip covers.

“At the time of production, the car had all the latest features and options — 236 hp V8, Dynaflow automatic transmission, power windows, brakes, steering, Selectronic radio along with an electric antenna and cigarette lighter, and lastly the clock.”

The seller notes as well that the car shows only 41,419 miles driven.

“The car is very strong and starts very reliability. This is a perfect restoration vehicle for the 1950 enthusiast.”

So why is it for sale?

“I am selling this car because I need the garage space and need to declutter.”

The seller seeks $14,500 for the car.

California police got special versions
California police got special versions

One additional historical note: The Standard Catalog notes that among those 80,338 Centurys, Buick produced 268 specially made Centurys for the California Highway Patrol. Those cars were based on the Buick Special two-door sedan body, but were Centurys from the firewall forward, with the 322 cid/236 hp V8 engines, and that about half of them had three-speed manual transmissions.

The book also notes that a Buick Century could sprint from a standing start to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds and run the quarter-mile in 17.5 seconds, and that a Century reached 110.425 mph in the Flying Mile during the Daytona Speedweeks.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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