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Pick of the Day: 1972 Buick Centurion

A beloved reminder for the original owner's family


A car be a form of solace when your world falls apart. We are classic car fans, but ultimately, we are people with families, friends, and loved ones. People are more important than an inanimate object, but sometimes we can love a car for what it meant to someone that we hold dear.

The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Buick Centurion listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Manchester Center, Vermont. (Click the link to view the description). This Buick is more than a collector car offered for sale.

“David cherished his Centurion and always carefully garaged it; only to take it out for a spin on special occasions between 1972 and 1987 averaging 3,468 miles per year,” the listing states. “Regretfully he then fell ill and for the next 17 years only some 507 miles/ year were driven on average

“Having the Centurion by his side was his comfort according to the family.  By 2005 the Centurion (with 62,281 original, documented miles on the odometer), would not be driven again and remain in the old garage where it always had been, as the family could not bring themselves to part from this fine reminder of David, his beloved Centurion.”

The seller of the Centurion states that he had to ‘qualify’ to purchase and became the Buick’s second owner in September 2015. Since the purchase he advises that $12,454.19 has been spent on restoring the car and over the ensuing six-and-a-half years it was driven 4,750 miles.

“It is 50 years ago, that David purchased this rather rare Centurion, new from the Buick Dealer, on the 19th of May, 1972,” the listing states. “The 2 door hardtop Centurion, with its powerful V8-455 x 4 engine and sleek design and 2 tone paint scheme, had been David’s dream car. That day the car’s VIN Number, 4P47T2Y218253, was handwritten written on the ‘Buick New Warranty document’, together with his first and last name.” 

1972 Buick Centurion
1972 Buick Centurion

The seller is asking $23,995 for this 1972 Buick Centurion and the vehicle is documented with the Auto Owner’s Maintenance Folio, owner’s manual, and the 1972 Emission Control Systems Information booklet.

You can’t put a price on memories from a beloved car. Hopefully whomever buys thus Centurion cares for it like the original owner and makes a lot of memories to cherish.

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

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. Oh, the memories just kicked in- had a military bud who had this exact car in dark blue, black vinyl top/interior. We had leave for a holiday, went from Biloxi, MS to Lake Toxaway, NC, to be with his family at a rippin’ A-frame his father built. Great car for a road trip, until you get to roads where the car is wider than the lane, and there’s no guardrails, just posts, and there’s oncoming traffic. We parked the Centurion on arrival, and used the “cabin car”, a pale yellow Subaru wagon with white painted “wagon wheels”- a much better, if less cool, car for the roads around Lake Toxaway. I wish Buick still made real cars.


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