1960 Buick Special, 1961 MY

The Buick Special is a 4 door sedan/saloon-bodied road car with a front positioned engine powering the rear wheels. Power is supplied by an overhead valve, 3.5 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder motor, with 2 valves per cylinder that produces power and torque figures of 150 bhp (152 PS/112 kW) at 4400 rpm and 298 N·m (220 lb·ft/30.4 kgm) at 2400 rpm respectively. A 3 speed automatic gearbox delivers the power to the driven wheels. With a stated weight at the kerb of 1247 kg, the Buick Special can dispense with the 0-60 mph sprint in 11.2 seconds and the standing-start quarter mile in 17.7 seconds. Maximum speed claimed is 169 km/h, which is 105 mph.

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1960 Buick Special, 1961 MY information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4785 mm
How heavy?
1247 kg
What size engine?
3.5 litre, 3531 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
152 PS / 150 bhp / 112 kW @ 4400 rpm
How much torque?
298 Nm / 220 ft.lb / 30.4 kgm @ 2400 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 11.2 s
How fast?
169 km/h, 105 mph

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1960 Buick Special data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
Designer
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2845 112
Track/tread (front) 1422 56
Track/tread (rear) 1422 56
Length 4785 188.4
Width 1811 71.3
Height 1334 52.5
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.68
Kerb weight 1247 kg 2749
Weight distribution 53 % front
fuel tank capacity 59.1 litres 13 UK Gal 15.6 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Buick
Engine code
Cylinders V 8
Capacity 3.5 litre
3531 cc
(215.475 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 88.9 × 71.1 mm
3.5 × 2.8 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.25
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 152 PS (150 bhp) (112 kW)
at 4400 rpm
Specific output 42.5 bhp/litre
0.7 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 298 Nm (220 ft·lb) (30.4 kgm)
at 2400 rpm
Specific torque 84.4 Nm/litre
1.02 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 8.8:1
Fuel system 1 Ro carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1060.5 kPa (153.8 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 441.38 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 8.5 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 11.2 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 17.7 s
@ 73 mph
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 169 km/h (105 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 121.96 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
89.7 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
120.29 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 11.15 kg/kW
18.62 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock 6.200
Turning circle 11.30 m
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 6.50-13
Tyres rear 6.50-13
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area 1445 cm2
Gearbox 3
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.36
general
Carfolio.com ID112497
Production total 18339
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 39.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1960 Buick Special added 2003-08-05.
Last modified 2013-02-28.