Pick of the Day: Remember Buick’s Centurion?

Model was short-lived but in 1973 was Buick’s only convertible

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Pick of the Day is a short-lived Buick model and that automaker's only convertible offered for the 1973 model year

The Pick of the Day is a 1973 Buick Centurion convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Columbus, Ohio. But to understand the Centurion model, we need to get a running start.

Back in 1962, Buick offered a special version of its Invicta, which itself was a fancier version of the LeSabre. The special version was the Wildcat sport coupe. In addition to its Wildcat emblems, the sport coupe had a vinyl roof, a center console that housed the gearshift lever, a tachometer, special wheel covers and other features.

The Standard Catalog of American Cars notes that the Wildcat sport coupe was so successful that in 1963, Buick added an entire performance-oriented Wildcat model range to its lineup, each of the cars — hardtop, sport coupe, convertible and sedan — powered by a 401cid, 325-horsepower V8 engine. 

In 1970 (for the 1971 model year), Buick was ready to replace the Wildcat in its batting order and did so with the Centurion, which the Catalog notes “was a masculine, performance image machine that went for the clean look” and therefore lacked the traditional trio of side vents.

The Centurion, named for a 1956 General Motors Motorama concept car, was available only as a hardtop  of 2 or 4 doors, or as a 2-door convertible. 

Buick kept the Centurion in production only through 1973, which brings us to the Pick of the Day, one of those final-year Centurion convertibles, this one in dark metallic brown over an off-white interior. 

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In 1973, the Centurion was the only convertible available from Buick dealerships.

“The 455 fires right up and purrs like new,” the dealer promises. “The automatic transmission shifts great with no slipping. 

“The power convertible top functions well, and features a glass rear window instead of plastic. 

“Overall, this car is an excellent driver that is very presentable for cruise ins and car shows. It rides just as you would expect, floats like a boat!”

The dealer adds that the car has front power disc brakes, rides on Buick Rally wheels, and has air conditioning, tilt steering column, power windows, seating for 6 and Pioneer audio. 

The car “has survived the past 46 years quite well,” the ad adds.

The convertible is being offered for $14,995. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


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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.

10 COMMENTS

  1. My freins Sam bought a new Centurion, a beautifuk candy apple red with white interior, white convertible top when we were in our last year of high school. It was beautiful and the girls really were imprressed. At the time I had a 69 Roadrunner, Red with white interior 4 speed 383. You can guess who was the gear head and who was the smooth talker. That is how I remember the Centurion.

    • No sir, you WANT contact information.
      What you need is to read the instructions for the site.
      The author of the review is neither the dealer not owner of the subject automobile.

    • Click on the Pick of the Day red link at the end of the article, which will take you to the seller’s ad, with more information including price and location.

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