Saturday, March 14, 2009

1957 Buick Century 4-door Riviera

"Buick is beauty in motion — the perfect blending of new looks with new action. Buick is the most pleasant driving experience of a lifetime. Long, low-sweep styling, the new Sweep-Ahead design, is instantly apparent and eye-pleasing from every viewpoint."

"New Pace, New Poise, New Lift", praised the catalog Buicks performance-model. The recipe for this car was simple but effective: take the engine of the biggest model (Roadmaster) and fit it into the short-wheelbase platform of the lighter Special. Buicks "Businessman-Hotrod" used to sell as good as it was going: 300hp and 9 seconds from 0 to 60mph were hot numbers in 1957!

Even with one of its originally four ventiports missing today, this Buick Century from Sancti Spiritus still turns heads when it's passing, and validates what the catalog mentioned: "In addition, you get more plus benefits in a Buick than in any other automobile -those benefits such as pride of ownership, extra safety, lasting value, and above all others- that one outstanding factor of 'quality' that has given Buick such prestige throughout the years."

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