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.
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.