1956 Buick Centurion

Developed for and debuted at the 1956 Motorama, the Buick Centurion's futuristic design has been beloved for decades. With many features considered "new" today, this car was certainly ahead of its time.

Buick enthusiasts will recognize the “sweep-spear” chrome on the Centurion as being similar to the 1957 Buicks. They might even recognize the rear fins as being like those on the 1959 models. The rest of the car, however, is one of a kind.

The Centurion uses a freestanding speedometer, with a fixed indicator and rotation dial. A television camera, mounted just above the tail cone, projects images from the rear of the car to a screen on the dash, thus eliminating the need for a rear view mirror. Centurion’s “wings,” tail cone, and canopy top reflect the influence that aircraft design had on many of GM’s designers.


Year: 1956
Make: Buick
Model: Centurion, concept car
Wheelbase: 118"
Engine: V-8, 348 cubic inches
Horsepower: 325
Units Produced: 1

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