Buick Centurion Convertible ( 1971)
The Buick Centurion was a sporty car of the upper middle class, the Buick 1971 to 1973 as a successor to the Wildcat produced. The name Centurion is derived from the 1937 to 1958 Century built.
GM concept car
The name Centurion first appeared in a concept vehicle that was shown at the 1956 Motorama. It had a red and white body made of glass fiber reinforced plastic, an aircraft- like interior and a completely transparent glass dome as a roof.
Optical corresponded to the Centurion almost its sister model LeSabre, but had other emblems and another grille, little chrome trim and no ventilation holes on the sides of the front fenders, as they were common in the big Buick. There was a four-door hardtop sedan, two-door hardtop coupe and a two-door convertible. Sedans with B-pillars did not exist.
The Centurion was initially with big-block V8 with 7456 cc displacement in two performance levels - depending on whether connected to a single or dual exhaust - offered. 1973 there was a small-block V8 with 5735 cc engine as a base, with the 7.5 -liter V8 was installed in two power levels on demand.
The 1971 Centurion developed 315 hp (232 kW) ft.lbs at 4400 min-1 and 450. (610 Nm) of torque at 2800 min -1. From 1972, only SAE horsepower ( nhp ) were specified. 1972 and 1973 the power output was 225 hp ( 165 kW) at 4000 min-1 and torque of 360 ft.lbs. (490 Nm) given at 2600 min-1. The 5.7 -liter V8 made 195 hp (129 kW) at 4000 min-1 and had a torque of 290 ft.lbs. (390 Nm) at 2800 min -1. In 1973, the Centurion a sub- series of the Buick LeSabre dar.
A total of 110 539 Centurion were produced, of which 10,296 were convertibles piece. With only three years had the Centurion with the shortest production time in the modern Buick history. From 1974, he was replaced by the LeSabre luxury, as the market interest turned away from large, sporty cars.