1956 Buick Century Series 60

The 1956 Buick Century was positioned as the top-of-the-line 'small Buick' with contemporary advertising it as 'The Best Buick Yet.' With the 322 cubic-inch overhead-valve Fireball V-8, later known as the 'Nailhead,' it was the fastest production car of that year. The 255 horsepower engine helped the Buick Century accelerate from zero-to-sixty mph in less than ten seconds, en route to quarter-mile times of around 17 seconds and a top speed exceeding 110 mph. Buick's Dynaflow automatic transmission was installed in over 96-percent of all 1956 Buick models.

The 1956 Buick Century touted its performance credentials, with its name first appearing on a Buick model in the 1930s, commemorating its ability to exceed 100 mph. After the war, the Century name re-appeared on production Buicks beginning in 1954, stuffing the most powerful Buick engine into the smallest model.

Along with performance, the Century offered plenty of style, and were instantly recognizable by its four oval ventiports and leather trim. By 1956, Buick was ranked in third place for the calendar year, with 9.1 percent of the American industry's total production.

1956 Buick Century body styles included a hardtop, Deluxe Hardtop, hardtop coupe, station wagon, and a convertible coupe. Over 35,000 examples of the Deluxe Hardtop were built, and 20,891 of the Hardtop. The convertible was the rarest, with 4,721 examples sold.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2020

Related Reading : Buick Century History

The name Buick Century was the model name utilized by the Buick division of GM for their line of full-size performance cars from 1936 until 1942, from 1954 until 158 and from 1973 until 2005 for a mid-size vehicle. For the 1936 model year Buick renamed its entire model lineup in celebration of the engineering modifications and design advancements over their 1935 models. For this lineup, the Buicks....
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1956 Buick Century Series 60 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

'Best Buick Yet', Buick's motor for 1956. Special modifications for this automobile include leather interior with foam seat cushions, a trunk light, an electric clock, a power top, power windows and a power horizontal seat adjuster.....[continue reading]

1956 Buick Century Series 60 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 6C7020604

Buick first used the Century nameplate in the 1930s, commemorating its ability to exceed 100 mph. The first year to see a Buick wearing the 'Century' name in the post World War II was in 1954. This model had Buick's most powerful engine in the smalle....[continue reading]

1956 Buick Century Series 60 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

When Buicks were given names in addition to numbers for the 1936 model year, the Model 40 became 'Special,' the 60 'Century,' the 80 'Roadmaster,' and the 90 'Limited.' The 60 was smaller and lighter than the 80 and 90, yet powerful enough (thanks to....[continue reading]

1956 Buick Century Series 60 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

This Buick Century convertible began life as the personal vehicle of GM Vice President of Styling Bill Mitchell, protégé and successor to Harley Earl. Because of his position, he enjoyed a fair amount of latitude when it came to creating custom cars ....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 6C7020604 
Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
 

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1956 Century Series 60
$3,304-$16,795
1956 Buick Century Series 60 Price Range: $2,961 - $3,304

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Buick
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)276,754
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)253,807
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)285,089
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)241,892
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)405,086
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)572,024
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)738,814
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)444,609
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)488,755
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)303,745
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)404,657

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