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Buickfan83, are you on Facebook by any chance?  We have a very active 1971 - 1972 Big Buicks group, with a large number of Centurion owners and enthusiasts.

 

Are you looking for a 2-door hardtop (Formal Coupe) or a 4-door hardtop?

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It will be interesting to see what you find.

My impression is that 1973 Centurion convertibles

are pretty easy to locate, but that any other Centurion

model is very scarce.  People tend to gravitate to, and

preserve, the more "glamorous" models, so the

other models gradually disappear.

 

And Buickfan83, you might give more information:

What parts of the country?  In excellent or rougher 

condition?  For example, if you're in Vermont, you

might not want a car in New Mexico or British Columbia.

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Thank you for the help I do appreciate,, cause I am in the states in indiana , and you are right since I've been trying to find one I've only seen 3 in the last 10 years lol ,, 2 in very bad shape and one in good shape and seen it sold before I ever got a reply 

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71 and 72 Formal coupes will be difficult to locate. I owned a 72 formal coupe and while restoring it the frame broke in half and landed about 6 inches from my gut as I was under the car trying to die grind something off.  It was a rare triple black car.   
 

The bottom line is these were mostly boring models for years save the convertibles.  Transportation.  Who still has them in nice condition?  Not many.  

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I know guys I have owned 8 Centurions and loved them all. But overall the survival rate is an indicator of demand and opinion in a macro sense. And the result is few remaining examples in any condition.  

 

Centurions used to be a twice weekly search 5-10 years ago and I found 3 kinds, and even then rarely - true beaters that someone started to restore and bailed, nice driver convertibles, usually 1973 Centurions, and a few low mileage convertibles.  The formal coupes by and large, are gone. 

 

I get it when you put "boring" in a post naysayers will comment, but it's no different then stating Casino Beige is a bad color choice.  It's just a comment on a forum to discuss a car.   Obviously I love Centurions too but there has to be an explanation for their disappearance on the market, I think it is because they are competing against the muscle cars of the era.  

 

In 1978 I had a good friend who's mom drove a pristine 72 Sherwood Green 4 door Centurion. That is what hooked me on the cars.  I was 14 years old.  

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Original production numbers were not huge which also hampers finding one, there was a fraction of formal coupes built in comparison  to LeSabre coupes. sales of Centurions were closer to the sales of Wildcats of the later years.  Also cars cars of that era got traded off quicker due to the gas crunch and didn't stay in the hands of the original owners as long so hit the used car market quicker and entered an era where cars were disposable and with the huge shift in style of cars from GM in 77 the early full size 70's cars became obsolete much quicker than in earlier years.  Unfortunately over the years lots of them were raped for their 455's for people wanting to upgrade their Skylarks into fake or poor man muscle cars.  At least the remaining coupes are desirable if nice and won't meet that same fate.  

 

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At the Buick Club of America's national meet in 

Allentown in 2016, there was a Centurion 4-door

hardtop in gray.  The owner was from Columbus,

Ohio.  I photographed it because it was so unusual

to see a Centurion that wasn't a 1973 convertible:

 

Buick National Meet 2016 Allentown (2).JPG

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On 6/4/2021 at 12:16 PM, Centurion said:

This owner says they are definitely not boring.  I've been enjoying this one for the last fifty years:

not boring.jpg

But I'm guessing you are not willing to part with it ? 

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18 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

At the Buick Club of America's national meet in 

Allentown in 2016, there was a Centurion 4-door

hardtop in gray.  The owner was from Columbus,

Ohio.  I photographed it because it was so unusual

to see a Centurion that wasn't a 1973 convertible:

 

Buick National Meet 2016 Allentown (2).JPG

Any information on the green one next to it ? lol I definitely want to buy the green one 

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1 hour ago, Buickfan83 said:

Any information on the green one next to it ? lol I definitely want to buy the green one 

 

I didn't get a picture of the dark green Electra,

nor any information from its windshield card.

You could get a copy of the program from that

2016 national meet and see who registered it;

then look up his name in the Buick Club roster

and talk to him about it.

 

He might be happy to give insights about such cars,

and you could politely tell him you would like to 

buy it if he ever decides to sell.

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