With styling inspired by the Centurion 'dream car' from 1956, Buick fielded an all-new line of cars for 1957. This distinctive new automobile was instantly identifiable, with its graceful interpretation of Buick's traditional 'Sweep Spear side trim, full wheel openings and dipper rear beltline. Vertical grille bars, 'Venti-Port' trims on front fenders and vertical rear tail lamps were all in keeping with recent Buick design trends.
The daring Century Caballero Estate Wagon - GM's finest and most expensive station wagon - wore Buick's new styling especially well. Especially noteworthy is the full four-door hardtop 'pillar-less' construction. Buick station wagon bodies were constructed by the Ionia Body Company, an independent supplier to GM located near Flint. The Caballero utilized a 300 horsepower version of the Buick V8, enlarged to 364 cubic-inches for 1957, and Dynaflow automatic transmission with a new Variable Pitch feature. 'When time and good judgment demand it, you can switch the pitch by flooring the pedal and call forth a brand-new safety burst of power like you've never seen before,' enthused Buick copywriters. The 'Horizontal Redline' speedometer would closely monitor forward progress.
This Caballero is painted in 'Mint Green and Dover White' two-tone paint and was restored over twenty years ago by a previous owner who found the tired, but rust-free car in Simi Valley, California. The current owner acquired it in 2005.