Hemmings Find of the Day – 1973 Buick Centurion
Daniel Strohl at 9:00 am
Is this 1973 Buick Centurion for sale on Hemmings.com the ultimate Centurion? The epitome of giant 1970s droptop luxo-barges, it comes rather loaded (AC, power everything, 8 track, parade boot), has the Stage 1 455 under the hood, remains in exemplary near-original condition, has a full-known history, and apparently needs nothing to go for a long drive. From the seller’s description:
Options: exterior color #440 Willow Green (Crystal Green Metallic), Willow Green Interior, with air conditioning (original R12 kept for originality ), cruise control, power steering, power doors, power windows, tilt steering column , center consolette, front and rear bumper guards, cornering lights, front fender lamp monitors, power front disc brakes, original chrome wheels, power convertible top with optional color coordinated hard parade boot covers, white wall tires, chrome wheels, AM/FM & 8-track radio with windshield antenna, 2 rear speakers, remote driver’s mirror, passenger side mirror, 455 red decals, front and back helmet decals, deluxe color coordinated front and rear seatbelts, optional pin stripe, door edge guards, wheel well opening trim, front and rear carpet saver mats (original), spare wheel trunk cover, and new white boot cover! The car has most of the options available at the time for this car.
You will not believe the condition of the chrome and seals/gasket! As factory new. All gaps GM perfect. Many original hoses and tower clamps still with car! No leaks! Seals and gaskets are basically as new! Everywhere! No cracks or fading. All gauges work. All emblems and bright work present and in fantastic condition.
I have pictures of complete car as it was received. Unbelievable paint and condition; interior is as new with some light fading in carpet; now simply detailed, it shows an honest and incredible original well maintained car. I know I use the word “unbelievable” a lot, but in my car-collecting history, I have never seen or bought a car in this original condition.
Today, the odometer reads just 34,200 (yes original, documented miles, will vary as I am still driving the car). It was terrifically maintained, unmodified, and been garage kept its entire life! It is truly solid throughout and drives wonderfully! Documented ~ $6,000 in mechanical overhaul and upgrades to improve mechanicals, road handling and safety: New front and rear shocks, brakes, brake drums (original ones very rusty), new brake reservoir (was gummed up), alternator, complete carburetor cleaning and overhaul, spark plugs, distributor, radiator flush, oil change, cam cover gaskets, transmission oil change, repaired windshield wiper motor, water pump and timing chain.
The original owner’s manual, stamped warranty booklet, emissions leaflet, and consumer guide are all still in the glove box! Comes with original 1973 (somewhat weathered ) Buick books “Service Repair” plus “Fisher Body” Manuals). Also original 1973 Sales Brochure and Buick color chart. The trunk still has the original matching spare , never down) , jack, and wrench in original rubber. Car has all original stickers under hood, in door, and in trunk.
For full disclosure: Clock does not work, 3 tiny exterior paint imperfections (see pictures), one light scratch on back chrome (hard to even see), passenger door frame color peel (see picture), front head light chrome tiniest pitting, on some chrome wheels tiny pitting area , on original trunk mat – one soft rubbed area, front speakers not working. A/C is original R12; working but not real cold; left it to keep original instead of converting to R134.
Car needs absolutely nothing except the small above. Honest and original car. Drives and feels like new and can be driven anywhere. We are always amazed at how many thumbs up and great comments we get while driving it. Two prospective buyers that came by to see and drive the car were amazed at condition of car yet were looking for a cheap deal.
Story of this car: This car was owned and cared for by the same family from 1973-2013. The original owner purchased the car in Florida and it stayed a Florida car its entire life before coming to San Diego. The father bought the car for his two sons who were drafted to Vietnam, as a return present for them. One son did not return, MIA, and the dad kept it unused for the next 17 years. Then a cousin took it in, using it sparingly for the next 12 years. The surviving brother took it back, registered it in his name (second owner) and kept it until sold to me. Took it out sparingly and for parades – parade boot has some very small scratches from people sitting on it. He told me the convertible top and rear glass (with heater elements) was replaced in 2010.
I was looking for an exceptional convertible as my “midlife crisis” car. After long search, found this one. I drive my cars, put miles on it to shake it down, did all needed upgrades as described and now have the perfect car. However, the kids are moving back home and I do need the space, so I hate parting with it, but family first.
Car is a rare Stage 1 (5th digit on VIN is W) engined car , engine block shows A and 73. Car also comes with brand new soft boot cover as well as almost new full car cover!
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Location: Vista, California
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