Buick Centurian

General Motor, the parent company of Buick began selling the Centurion in 1971 and continued to do so until 1973. The Centurion was created as a replacement for the Buick Wildcat and was dubbed the sporty rendition of the older full-size car. For those who like a little humor and trivia, the name Centurion was a play on words of the Buick Century, which was in production between 1937 and 1958. The Centurion name was used prior to this models release in 1971. In fact the name first surfaced in 1956 on a Buick concept car in the Motorama. It contained a red and white fiberglass body, an airplane like interior design and a full flashy and clear "bubble top" roof. Current drivers, who would like to relive the Buick Centurion, can simply drive the Buick LeSabre, which is nearly identical to the relic. They do differ of course in badging and in grill work. The Buick Centurion can be obtained as either a two-door or a four-door hardtop, or of course the stylish and fun convertible. The engine offerings included two choices: a 455 in<sup>3</sup> big-block V8 and a 350 in<sup>3</sup> small-block V8. The Centurion really did have a nice run considering it was only available for a few years. Buick managed to push through quite a few units in the three years of production – 110,539 units total, including 10,296 convertibles. In fact, surprisingly the Centurion had one of the shortest model runs in modern Buick history. After 1973, it was replaced by the LeSabre Luxus, as the market shied away from sporty full-size cars and instead turned to cars of a more modest size. That of course was long before the heyday of the Sports Utility Vehicles, which amazingly have still retained moderate selling power despite the high cost of fuel.