The 1936-1942 Buick Series 60 Century had remarkably low production for models other than the conventional four-door sedan and coupes. It appeared in 1936 as part of a whole new line with all-steel "Turret-Top" construction. It was always powered by the 320-cid ohv straight-eight, which gained 45 horsepower in seven years.

1936 Buick Century sedan, part of the 1936-1942 Buick Series 60 Century line of collectible cars
1936 Buick Century sedan.  See more pictures of Buick cars.


The Century's traditional combination of light body and big-Buick power was established during this period. Among the more desirable body styles are the 1937-1938 two-door sedans and the sleek fastback sedanet of 1941-1942, which vie in popularity with the rare open phaetons and convertibles.

Many bare chassis (1936-1939) were fitted with custom coachwork and can thereby qualify as CCCA Classics. This is one of the best all-around Buicks of the period.

Pluses of the 1936-1942 Buick Series 60 Century:

  • Good styling
  • Reasonable parts supplies
  • Fine straight-line performance
  • Higher appreciation potential than comparable lower-line Buicks
  • Good club support

Minuses of the 1936-1942 Buick Series 60 Century:

  • Undistinguished handling
  • Fairly thirsty
  • Not a certified Classic

Production of the 1936-1942 Buick Series 60 Century:

  • 1936: 4d sdn 18,203; conv cpe 766; spt cpe 1,078; spt cpe R/S 1,018; victoria cpe 3,799; chassis 1,115
  • 1937: 4d sdn 25,911; conv cpe 843; spt cpe 2,873; chassis 1,026; 2d sdn 4,015; phaeton 425
  • 1938: 4d sdn 14,189; conv cpe 694; spt cpe 2,030; chassis 762; 2d sdn 1,393; phaeton 219
  • 1939: 4d sdn 18,783; conv cpe 850; spt cpe 3,470; chassis 518; phaeton 269
  • 1940: 4d sdn 8,708; bus cpe 44; conv cpe 550; spt cpe 96; phaeton 203
  • 1941: 4d sdn 15,136; bus cpe 222; sedanet 5,547
  • 1942: 4d sdn 3,319; sedanet 1,232

Specifications of the 1936-1942 Buick Series 60 Century:
Wheelbase, inches:
122.0 (1936); 126.0 (1937-1942)
Length, inches:
NA
Weight, pounds: 3,195-4,065
Price, new: $1,035-$1,620

Engine for the 1936-1942 Buick Series 60 Century:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv I-8320.2 cid
120-1651936-1942

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