1954 Buick Century: When massive was sexy
Back in the day, that’s pre-school days for me, a big gruff Broderick Crawford rounded up bad folks on the TV show, “Highway Patrol,” pursuing evildoers in a variety of Buick Century coupes and sedans. The car appeared as massive as Crawford and you just knew that you didn’t want to mess with this man, or his car.
Today TSM (True Scale Miniatures) Models creates a less threatening 1954 Buick Century convertible for us die-cast fans, this one in 1:43 scale and a glossy black with red interior – sharp!
The Century exuded speed and muscle, in fact, its name marked the first Buick to hit the 100 mph mark back in 1936. But the name had gone dormant for a few years when Buick revived it in 1954 for its lineup of light (at the time) luxury speedsters. Century came as a sedan, Riviera hardtop coupe (Crawford’s first patrol car) and 4-door wagon in addition to the convertible.
But the convertible was rarest, just 2,790 being made in the first year of this body style. It packed a 322-cid V8 that pumped 200 horsepower. This was Buick’s Roadmaster engine that just kept gaining power until it reached 255 horses by the 1958 model that ended Century’s run, at that time.
You can tell a 1954 from a 1955 model by its three Ventiport holes in the front quarter panels. In 1955 Buick created a fourth hole. And the cars were long too, a full 206 inches and riding on a 122-inch wheelbase, near that of a full-size SUV today. Continue reading Die-cast: TSM 1954 Buick Century Convertible