Plain naturally aspirated 3.8L V6 mated to a 4-speed auto did get a fuel injection, though. Result of new cylinder heads and a new camshaft treatment. Something they would had to do three decades later in order to survive. Somerset first appeared as a model of its own in 1985. That wasn’t all. Yet, Century Coupe’s turbocharger had managed to compensate on what Buick’s mid-size car lacked in displacement. They also downsized the engines, hence big-block disappeared completely. Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Buick Regal Is Dead, Leaving Buick with an All-SUV Lineup",, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles needing additional references from December 2019, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For a mid-luxury price of a Centurion, buyers received standard power steering and power front disc brakes, standard cloth and vinyl or optional all-vinyl upholstery, and standard 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic auto trans. Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. Midsize sedan and station wagon based on GM E2XX platform. Both 2-door and 4-door versions were available. The oldest active American automaker division thus proved it can build pretty much anything provided with opportunity to do so. Obscured and forgotten Buick models that probably deserved a little bit more than they got in the end. Disk brakes, power steering, seats and windows, woodgrain exterior trim, and all vinyl interior were all part of the package. Coupled with Garrett T-25 turbocharger and multi-point fuel injection (minus the intercooler), it produced a whopping 165 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. However, Reatta didn’t meet the unreasonably high sales figures estimated by Buick. Still, only 455 cu in V8 powered the car for the first two years. Skyhawk T-Type and Sport Hatch clearly deserve the same. It was practically the same car with different front fascia and interior. 300 hp!!! 3.8L V6 generated 105 hp, 115 hp and 110 hp respectively for 1978, 1979 and the last two years.1978 model year also offered optional 5.0L and 5.7L V8s with anything between 135 hp and 170 hp. Especially since they already possessed the technology as illustrated in previous example. W01 option code used to order them wasn’t ticked too many times. Skyhawk T-Type continued on without any major changes into 1985, while 1986 brought a facelift and a hatchback version of the car. All rights reserved. Although Century Turbo Coupe ended up being a flop for Buick – sales wise – actual truth is somewhat different. Subcompact car, sold exclusively in China, Full-size sedan, sold exclusively in China, Compact plug-in hybrid, sold exclusively in China, This page was last edited on 16 July 2020, at 21:08. It delivered 315 ponies in 1971 (330 hp with dual exhausts) and 250 ponies in 1972. Buick sold north of 21,000 Reatta’s in total, including less than 2,500 convertibles. Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Did this plushy full-size Buick deserve better? All Centurions, apart from convertible, were hardtops. Quite a bump compared to naturally aspirated counterpart’s modest 90 ponies. LeSabre Palm Beach’s pride, however, were its two-tone White and Yellow Beige (pastel yellow) paintjob and corresponding “Palm Beach cloth” and woodgrain-riddled interior.

As was a custom among the U.S. automakers back then, Buick downsized its intermediate lineup in 1978. As if that wasn’t confusing enough, Somerset actually started out as Somerset Regal in 1985. Anyway, the Century Gran Sport offered a respectable performance, albeit without the turbocharged engine. Right here in the late seventies, where Century Turbo Coupe sported a similar powertrain. Part of the downsized fifth generation LeSabre lineup, Palm Beach coexisted with turbocharged Sport Coupe models.

It showcased Buick’s desire to experiment and reinvent their image. 3.8L turbocharged V6 finally arrived in 1979, but didn’t last for long.

5.0L V8’s output was increased by 5 hp, while 5.7L engine lost the same amount. The kind which would radiate a golden glow when illuminated by another car’s headlights. Sport Wagon would, however reappear once more between 1978 and 1981, before completely disappearing from the map. Second generation J-body Chevy Cavalier-inspired Skyhawk corrected that mistake. Discontinued in North America in 2020. Buick rarely dabbled with special edition packages, and it’s a pity. First time between 1973 and 1975, and later during Century’s fifth generation run. There was also the optional 5-speed Borg-Warner manual. Yet, as already stated, Buick quickly discontinued the offering. Only, this time, it was a diesel. Coupe also received heavy-duty suspension and a tuned exhaust system for more menacing note. Whether it deserved more time in the market or not is barely important here. Buick quickly saw the error of their way and subsequently renamed the compact front-wheel drive car to plain and simple Somerset.

Still, for 1979 only, $675 Roadhawk package was the only ticket to performance handling package which consisted of Goodyear BR70-13 radial tires, stiffer suspension, quicker steering ratio and larger sway bars. 1963-1964 AMC/Rambler Ambassador & Classic, Introduction to 1967-1969 Cadillac Eldorado, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa and Monza, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza, 1963, 1964, 1965 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint, 1968-1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite and GTX, Classic and Collectible Cars of the 1960s, Classic and Collectible Buick Cars of the 1960s, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 Buick Electra 225, Information about the device's operating system, Information about other identifiers assigned to the device, The IP address from which the device accesses a client's website or mobile application, Information about the user's activity on that device, including web pages and mobile apps visited or used, Information about the geographic location of the device when it accesses a website or mobile application. 1904: Buick produces a total of 37 Model B Touring Cars rated at 15 to 21 hp. Finally, 1981 yet again saw the introduction of 5.7L V8 mill. Then again, it’s such a special edition cars’ nature to disappear the same way they had appeared – abruptly.

And it was still not enough. Largest ever Buick engine, the 455 cu in V8 raised a hefty 375 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. GM Zeta platform version sold in China 2007-2012. Disk brakes on all four corners, fully independent suspension and highly advanced, at the time, touch screen dash interface were all standard. Reatta is another short-lived Buick that could have achieved so much more.

Anyway, Buick Somerset was much different than larger rear-wheel drive Buick Regal. Model 73-Four-Door Riviera: 11,401: Model 73A-Four-Door Riviera Very rare Stage 1 option in early 1971 was the only way to get the stick in a Centurion. Riding on a 108-inch wheelbase, Century Sport Wagon sported a Buick’s V6, a number of V8 options, and the Oldsmobile diesel mill. Styling of 1961 Buick Electra was a radical departure from 1960, abandoning 1950s fins for an arrowlike profile. Although turbocharged Skyhawks suffered from well documented J-body car problems, these obscured and forgotten Buicks deserved much more considering their pivotal role in the hot hatch development.

Current. But unlike the Regal, which immediately got a turbocharged V6 version of the 231 cu in V6 mill, Century needed to wait another year. Especially considering how beautiful LeSabre Palm Beach is. What Nighthawk did offer, though, was some flashy pizzazz reflected in unique pinstriping, logos and gold-painted wheels. Yes, Apollo, we’re looking at you. But, while Chevrolet sold around 700,000 Monza’s, and Pontiac sold around 400,000 Sunbirds, Oldsmobile and Buick only managed to sell around 125,000 Starfires and Skyhawks each, respectively. Skyhawk Nighthawk, sadly, didn’t offer that much in terms of performance. And, minus the tri-shield badge. Much needed power for a car weighing as much as 4,762 pounds. What’s more, in 1987, Brazilian-built 1.8L four got replaced by 2.0L in-line four from the same country. Its sales figures should serve as a proof. Maybe the Buick Gran Sport deserved to be offered with a turbocharger, but Buick probably feared it would cannibalize Regal’s sales. There was also the infamous Oldsmobile 350 cu in diesel V8, but only in California of all places. A Lola Digital Media Company, Buick spearheaded the second wave of American muscle cars with GNX a few years later. GM’s upscale division – second only to Cadillac – has given us some rather conservative cars over the years.

New turbocharged engine was only available with also new Sport Hatch.

Anyone who knows a thing or two about the classic car world can conjure up images of the Buick Grand National, Buick Roadmaster, Buick Riviera and more!

However, whenever Buick combined this nameplate with the Gran Sport – another recognizable Buick moniker used on high performance cars – you knew you had something great. It was discontinued in favor of LeSabre with whom it competed as slightly more upscale offering. Buick named this new style "the clean look of action."

Thank you very much! Maybe that doesn’t sound like much, but consider this: the same year Chevrolet Corvette with a V8 only had 20 hp and 10 ft-lbs more. Apart from size, platform and drivetrain layout, they also differed in the number of available cylinders in their respective engines. What’s certain is that Century GS had definitely deserved better than one year only outing. Especially considering it came from Buick. Compact sedan based on GM D2XX platform. Buick V6 hit the spot, although Iron Duke was more efficient. What’s more, precious few of them remain alive today. Midsize sedan based on GM P2XX platform. Subcompact crossover based on GM Gamma II platform, Compact crossover based on GM VSS-F platform, Compact crossover based on GM D2XX platform, Midsize crossover based on GM C1XX platform, Compact minivan manufactured upon joint venture between, Minivan manufactured upon joint venture between, Full-size car (1936–1958), mid-size car (1973–2005), Full-size car, Buick's flagship car during 1946–1957, Full-size car (1936–1958), compact car (1961–1963), mid-size car (1964–1969), Changed dynamically from two-door car to four-door car. Despite its shortcomings (and there were more), Somerset was a fine car. Especially considering Buick wasn’t known for offering such setups in their cars. Then they rose by another 20% for 1972, and finally soared in 1973, almost doubling the first two years’ tally. Maybe first generation Monza-derived Buick Skyhawk didn’t offer a turbocharged engine, but tri-shield badge took precautions not to make the same mistake again. However, the same way they axed the full-size wagon, Buick also discontinued the smaller option after 1972.

1957 Buick models, pictures, facts and figures. Reatta boasted an unusual manufacturing process where series of stations were comprised of specialized teams of workers.