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Vintage Road Test: 1972 Buick Centurion

Posted in Buick, Domestic Rides, General, Hoonage, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | March 19th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

1972 Buick Centurion

Looking back at these old road tests from Bud Lindemann’s Car & Track series, it’s amazing to see how far automobile technology has progressed. This is a 1972 Buick Centurion, a car that was considered to be somewhat of a sports sedan back in the day. It was built in a time before anti-lock brakes, stability control or traction control which means that keeping one of these behemoths on the straight and narrow was no easy task. The Centurion like so many cars from the early 1970’s was big (4,500 lbs.), soft and made to soak up road imperfections which meant performance was minimal. 0-60 mph for example took a full 9 seconds and braking distance from 60-0 was a whopping 204 feet. That’s beyond horrible by today’s standards. Still, this was 1972 and back then it was all about road comfort, space and style, things that the big Buick had plenty of. Watch the video in its entirety and get a load of what passed for good road manners and handling… you’ll get a kick out of it, I promise.

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