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1955 Buick Century Convertible

  • Famous 322-cubic-inch Nailhead V-8 engine
  • Dynaflow automatic transmission
  • Power steering, power windows, and power front seat
  • AACA National Award winner

VIN: 6B3031529

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As one of the pioneers in the automotive industry, legions of owners have praised the engineering, dependability, design, and prestige of owning a Buick. From the beginning, silence was golden and smooth-running engines, the use of "valve in head" designs, and build quality have made Buick a trusted marque not only in the U.S. but around the world. Introduced in 1953, the new "Fireball V-8" was a breakthrough design that operated quietly and efficiently and provided plenty of needed torque for the Buick exclusive Dynaflow transmission. 1955 saw even more improvements to their popular automatic transmission with the new Variable Pitch Dynaflow, which delivered faster response times and even smoother operations than before. Affectionately referred to as the "Nailhead V-8", these improved engines featured smaller valves that resembled a nail, and the near vertical positioning that might remind one of a board of nails. In post-war America, Buicks were immediately identifiable by their big chrome grille and bumper assembly as well the famous fender-side Venti-Ports. In 1947, Buick ran an ad that stated, "The car that needs no nameplate." For those moving up who didn't want a Cadillac, Buick owners were usually thought well of and these were prestigious automobiles when new. For 1955, Buick promoted itself as being at the "Forefront of Fashion" and "The Thrill of the Year". Offering 17 different models in four distinct series and on two different wheelbases, the Century was on the smaller 122-inch axle spread, but was powered by the more powerful 322-cubic-inch V-8 rated at a commanding 236 HP. The Century was offered in five body styles starting with the four-door Estate Wagon, popular four-door sedan, two-door Riviera hardtop coupe, the exciting new four-door Riviera hardtop sedan, and the awe-inspiring Model 66C convertible. Again, the copywriters made it clear that the Century was "for those who want spectacular horsepower at a moderate price." 1955 would be a banner year for Buick with 738,814 units produced, an all-time record at that time; a total of only 5,588 Century Model 66C convertibles were produced. Buick Century managed to win two different NASCAR Grand Champion races and, during Speed Week at Daytona Beach, a pure-stock Century was clocked at over 110 miles per hour.

Dressed in a stylish two-tone combination of silver metallic over Carlsbad Black, this car was treated to an extensive restoration around 2007, and in the next year, the owner took the car to the AACA's Hershey meet where it was judged and awarded a National First Prize. At about the same time this Buick was completed, another similar Buick was making headlines, a vintage ride owned by Jay Leno, which may have inspired the owner of this Buick to pay tribute to this well-known car collector by finishing his example in like colors. At a Buick Club of America show, the Los Angeles Chapter President of the BCA, snapped a photo of this car and presented a copy to Leno, who was impressed and honored that someone had emulated his ride. As a sign of respect, he autographed another copy of the same photo which was later sent to the owner and is included in this sale. This example is equipped with power steering, power windows, power front seat and power operated top. The car also boasts windshield washers, a Sonomatic push-button radio, and the "Weather-Warden" heater-defroster. Setting this Buick above the crowd is a spectacular set of bright and shiny Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels fitted with a fresh set of wide whitewall radial tires. Included in the sale are the award verification letters from the AACA, receipts from the restoration and several service manuals for the car. An ideal car for touring or maybe just having a fun ride, this convertible is ready for show or play.


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