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Wheels In the Grass

1978 Buick Century Sport Coupe, Freedom, N.Y.

This 1978 Buick Century Sport Coupe is still sitting out by the road in the town of Freedom, N.Y., even though I took this photo last December. This was GM’s first year for its down-sized intermediates, and Buick (as well as Oldsmobile) featured this fastback styling in both two- and four-door versions. Buick had four different two-door fastbacks: the Century Special, Century Custom, Century Limited, and the pictured Century Sport Coupe (billed as “for the enthusiast… with special ride-and-handling suspension”). The fastback styling turned out to be not such a good idea, and it wasn’t until 1980 that Buick introduced “dramatic new notchback styling” for the Century four-door (two-doors were still fastbacks). In 1981 all Century sedans were four-doors. And the one I found, if you’re interested, is for sale.

from the brochure - '78 Century Sport Coupe

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Jim

    Butt-ulgy when it came out, and still butt-ugly