The Buick Century
Throughout the history of auto making there have been a number of different models that have made multiple appearances after having been discontinued. One example of this would be the Buick Century, a car that was first introduced for the 1936 model year.
This was a very big year for the Buick division of General Motors. The company had been able to make a quantum leap forward on the engineering and design fronts and there was a lot of excitement about the 1936 offerings, including the brand-new Buick Century, a four-door sedan. These cars were very fast by the standards of the day, capable of speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. This oomph was generated by a 320 cubic inch in-line eight cylinder engine that was rated at 165 hp.
This first generation of the Buick Century lasted through the 1942 model year. The car was reintroduced to the buying public after World War II for the 1954 model year. The second-generation lasted through the 1958 model year, and during that time the car was offered as a four-door sedan, a two door coupe, a two door convertible, and a four-door hardtop station wagon. The most powerful engine available during the second generation was the 346 ci inline-8.
The Century nameplate laid dormant dormant until General Motors brought the car back once again for the 1973 model year. At that time it was offered as a four-door sedan or four-door station wagon and these cars were assembled in Flint, Michigan and Framingham, Massachusetts. This generation of the Century lasted all the way through the 2005 model year.
The Buick Century was a big part of the company’s success over the years and many would say that the Century of the 1950s is a true classic that embodies the spirit of that iconic era in American history.