Name as many American cars as you can powered by an inline-eight engine, and the first-generation Buick Century is likely to be on the list. Name as many stunning, premium pre-war era American cars as you can, and the first-generation Buick Century is likely to be on that list as well.
Buick’s first iteration of the Century was a head-turner in the absolute best way, and it had the muscle to match. The rear-wheels were propelled by a 320 cubic-inch straight-eight making around 165 HP, which was rare in its day. And from 1936 to 1942, only 843 examples were produced, making it a scarce animal to boot.
The 1937 convertible example shown above is headed to the Mecum auction in Las Vegas at the end of February. Of course it has the characteristic split-windshield, two side-mounted spares, and the towering horizontal front grille. But more importantly, it’s a convertible, with a tan interior, drop-dead gorgeous Luminous Metallic Blue exterior, glistening chrome bumpers – the works.
This 1937 Buick Century is shifted via a three-speed manual. If you’re interested (read: feeling weighed-down by your piles of expendable income), the car hits the auction block February 27th.