Buick’s 1955 models received major revisions particularly to the front and rear. The front grille now sported a center ornament and it was the first time since World War Two that they hadn’t used vertical bars on the grille. At the rear there were the beginnings of a fin with large chrome taillight housings. At the side the familiar “Sweepspear” was still there from the previous year.
We can see these great new lines in this lovely Century 2-door Riviera Hardtop.
The Century featured four ventiports on the front fenders, as did the Super and Roadmaster – the Special featured only three.
Both the Century and Special shared the slightly smaller Buick wheelbase at 112 inches. They came in at a total length of 206.7 inches.
This was Buick’s high performance vehicle. This was achieved because it had the lighter body of the Special but with the bigger engine of the Super and Roadmaster.
Power comes from a 322 cubic inch Fireball V8 with 4-barrel carburetor producing 236 horsepower. This is paired with a Variable Pitch Dynaflow Drive automatic transmission (a $193 option) that was the new and improved version for 1955. Not only was it more efficient, slashing acceleration times, but was more fuel efficient too.
Buick made a total of 80,338 2-door Century Riviera for the 1955 model year. This car would have had a base price of $2,601 when new. The original owner, in addition to the the Dynaflow transmission mentioned above, opted for power steering at $108 and an AM radio at $120.
This 1955 Buick Century is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for lots more photos)