2018 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction
Lot
13

1955 Buick Century 'Pillarless' Sedan (LHD)

$6,500

Sold

Specifications

Engine Nailhead V8
Gearbox Automatic
Body Work Sedan
Colour Yellow, white roof
Interior Green
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Drum/drum

Description

This lot is no longer available

Buick Century is the model name used by Buick for a line of upscale performance cars from 1936 to 1942 and 1954 to 1958, and from 1973 to 2005 for a mid-size car.
After the original model, in 1954 Buick reintroduced the Century using the same formula of mating the smaller, lighter Buick Special body to its largest and most powerful 322 cubic inch V8 engine with the intent of giving Buick a performance vehicle. Introduced in the middle of the 1955 model year, the 4-door Buick Century Riviera along with the 4-door Special Riviera and the 4-door Oldsmobile 98 Holiday and 4-door 88 Holiday, were the first 4-door hardtops ever produced. This was the first time "VentiPorts" appeared on the Century, a carryover from the Buick Roadmaster. The Century remained Buick's performance line, with engine power rising from 200 horsepower in 1954, to 236 in 1955, to 255 in 1956, and topping out at 300 from a bored-out 364 cu in (6.0 L) engine in 1957–58, the last model years for the full-sized Century line.