You’ve heard the term “trash panda” as a derogatory term for our friend the raccoon — but I’ve got a new one for ya; The “dumpster unicorn.” That is a car that is indeed a rare thing, but should be recycled into fridge magnets. Or it is a pipe of parts in a bin that could be turned into a rare mythical beast. This next car is a 4th generation Buick Century — I’ve probably not seen one on the road for a good 20 years (for good reason?) but this next version is the rarest of the rare because it has a turbo V6. Find this 1979 Buick Century Turbo Coupe offered for $3,500 in Catskill, MA via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Toyota started using the Century name way back in 1967 on a V8 powered luxury liner that was based on the Crown Eight. The same basic design continued in production through 1997..yes…a staggering 30 year production run. Imagine if you could buy the same Tesla Model S that you see in the showroom today in 2042…actually, that is looking like a good probability. But nobody wants a used electric car, so save your money and buy this 1992 Toyota Century offered for $13,500 in Gaithersburg, MD via craigslist.
I saw this next car and thought to myself; another 3-row, 8-passenger, wood paneled Buick station wagon from the mid 90s, must be a Roadmaster…except that it didn’t have the space ship styling or the longitudinally mounted V8 engine. Could it be possible that Buick thought the market for 8 passenger station wagons was so great in 1994 that they needed to offer multiple levels of wagonness. This wasn’t 1965…what were they thinking? I’m not sure, but what am I sure of is that I love the idea of an A-body with transverse mounted Buick V6 that was designed in the 1970s (this generation lasted from 1982-1996) was still available for sale in 1994 with wood sides and a set of rear facing jump seats. Find this 1994 Buick Century Wagon offered for $2,850 in Somers, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
If you were part of the Japanese royal family shopping for a properly prestigious ride in the early 1990s, it didn’t make much sense to buy a Cadillac, a Lincoln, a Rolls Royce or a Mercedes S-Class. What you needed was something domestic to demonstrate your Japanese pride, but a Supra doesn’t have a back seat […]
If you’ve spent any time behind the wheel of a modern Toyota Camry you won’t be impressed by much of anything. Reliable…sure…but fun? Nope. Not even in the slightest. There is a blandness and safety against anything sport that hat pervades the entire driving experience and reminds me of a 90s front drive Buick. This […]
If you’re not watching the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, then you’re missing out. There has been plenty of action and drama, like a Czech snowboarder winning the women’s Super-G skiing competition, Russia and various atheletes from Russia being banned from the games due to the huge doping scandal, photo-finish Biathlons and of […]
If you were a well compensated Japanese executive shopping for a properly boss ride in the late 1980s, you didn’t have many domestic cars to pick from. You could get something imported like a Rolls Royce or a Mercedes S-Class…but many Japanese businessmen preferred to keep it local, perhaps with good reason. Find this 1988 Toyota […]
The Toyota Century survived mostly unchanged for a remarkable 30 year long lifespan (1967-1997) akin to other immortals like the original Daimler DS420, Boeing 747 (born in 1969!!), or Joan Rivers’ face. The bumpers, headlights and other small items evolved as regulations changed, but changes to the front mounted V8 and rear-drive platform were evolutionary […]
On May 25th, 1975, A.J. Foyt lined up his Coyote 75 racer behind actor James Garner who drove a Buick Century the pace car at the Indy 500. When the checkered flag was waved, Foyt was beaten by Bobby Unser, but the Buick dealers around the country were the real winners because they got the […]
The 1st generation Toyota Century first appeared in 1967 as the successor to the Crown Eight, a big JDM style sedan seeped in Yakuza style. The fender mounted side view mirrors never made it to the shores of the USA, but you can find them outside Japan in English speaking places from time to time. […]