Buick Century Special Coupé, 1979 MY

The Buick Century Special Coupé is a rear wheel drive motor vehicle, with its engine mounted in the front, and a 2 door coupé body. The power is produced by a naturally aspirated engine of 4.9 litre capacity. This unit features overhead valve valve gear, a 90 degree V 8 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It has an output of 140 bhp (142 PS/104 kW) of power at 3600 rpm, and maximum torque of 318 N·m (235 lb·ft/32.4 kgm) at 2000 rpm. A 3 speed automatic transmission supplies the power to the driven wheels. The claimed weight at the kerb is 1466 kg. Maximum quoted speed is 160 km/h (99 mph).

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Key facts

Buick Century Special Coupé, 1979 MY information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?
4978 mm
How heavy?
1466 kg
What size engine?
4.9 litre, 4942 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
142 PS / 140 bhp / 104 kW @ 3600 rpm
How much torque?
318 Nm / 235 ft.lb / 32.4 kgm @ 2000 rpm
How fast?
160 km/h, 99 mph

Buick Century models

2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3212 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW 1420 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1473 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 3785 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 1420 kg
Buick Century Coupé -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5055 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1473 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 4942 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1477 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1483 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 3785 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 1430 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 5055 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1483 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 3212 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW 1430 kg
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 5737 cm3 167 PS 165 bhp 123 kW 1563 kg
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1544 kg
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 5055 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1544 kg
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 3785 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 1491 kg
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 4942 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1538 kg
Buick Century Turbo Coupé -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 3791 cm3 177 PS 175 bhp 130 kW 1456 kg

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2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1602 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1612 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1701 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1701 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1668 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1668 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5002 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1430 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1563 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1552 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1540 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1475 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1487 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5898 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1682 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1664 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1759 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1759 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1525 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1555 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1559 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1589 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1534 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5896 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1564 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5210 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1663 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5900 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1682 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 132 PS 130 bhp 97 kW 1801 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5732 cm3 151 PS 149 bhp 111 kW 1813 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5732 cm3 153 PS 151 bhp 113 kW 1813 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 131 PS 129 bhp 96 kW 1749 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 135 PS 133 bhp 99 kW 1749 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4955 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1623 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1523 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1523 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1583 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1542 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1555 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 155 PS 153 bhp 114 kW 1446 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 135 PS 133 bhp 99 kW 1471 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 150 PS 148 bhp 110 kW 1527 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 4942 cm3 150 PS 148 bhp 110 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 137 PS 135 bhp 101 kW 1655 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 5013 cm3 132 PS 130 bhp 97 kW 1523 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5013 cm3 132 PS 130 bhp 97 kW
1979 Buick Century Special Coupé data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2746 mm 108.1 inches
Track/tread (front) 1486 mm 58.5 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1468 mm 57.8 inches
Length 4978 mm 196 inches
Width 1834 mm 72.2 inches
Height 1374 mm 54.1 inches
Ground clearance 155 mm 6.1 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.81
Kerb weight 1466 kg 3232 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 68.6 litres 15.1 UK Gal 18.1 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer GM
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 4.9 litre
4942 cc
(301.579 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 101.6 × 76.2 mm
4 × 3 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.33
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
142 PS (140 bhp) (104 kW)
at 3600 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
28.3 bhp/litre
0.46 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
318 Nm (235 ft·lb) (32.4 kgm)
at 2000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
64.35 Nm/litre
0.78 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block & head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 8.1:1
Fuel system 1 Rochester 2ME carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 808.6 kPa (117.3 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 617.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 160 km/h (99 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 96.83 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
71.21 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
95.5 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.04 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 14.04 kg/kW
23.46 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 6.140
Turning circle
Front suspension I.W.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension LA.RA.TA.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front P185/75 x 14
Tyres rear P185/75 x 14
Brakes F/R VeDi/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 267 mm
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 2.29
general
Carfolio.com ID170203
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 51.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1979 Buick Century Special Coupé added 2008-03-22.
Last modified 2013-02-28.