Buick Century Special Station Wagon, 1979 MY

The Buick Century Special Station Wagon is a rear wheel drive vehicle, with its powerplant placed in the front, and a 5 door estate/station wagon bodyshell. Its 5.1 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 8 cylinder that develops 155 bhp (157 PS/116 kW) of power at 4000 rpm, and maximum torque of 304 N·m (224 lb·ft/31 kgm) at 2400 rpm. The power is transmitted to the wheels via a 3 speed automatic gearbox. Its claimed weight at the kerb is 1544 kg. Maximum claimed speed is 170 km/h (106 mph).

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Buick Century Special Station Wagon, 1979 MY information summary

What body style?
5 door estate/station wagon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4978 mm
How heavy?
1544 kg
What size engine?
5.1 litre, 5055 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
157 PS / 155 bhp / 116 kW @ 4000 rpm
How much torque?
304 Nm / 224 ft.lb / 31 kgm @ 2400 rpm
How fast?
170 km/h, 106 mph

Buick Century models

2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1466 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1473 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3212 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW 1420 kg
Buick Century Coupé -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5055 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1473 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 3785 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 1420 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 3785 cm3 117 PS 115 bhp 86 kW 1430 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 3212 cm3 106 PS 105 bhp 78 kW 1430 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 4942 cm3 152 PS 150 bhp 112 kW 1483 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 4942 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1477 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 5055 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1483 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 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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5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 5013 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1877 kg
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 5733 cm3 162 PS 160 bhp 119 kW
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 5001 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 5210 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1557 kg
5 door estate/​station wagon FR 3A 5210 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 kW 1647 kg
1979 Buick Century Special Station Wagon data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater estate/station wagon
Number of doors5
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 1415 mm 55.7 inches
Ground clearance 175 mm 6.9 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.81
Kerb weight 1544 kg 3404 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 5.1 litre
5055 cc
(308.475 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 96.5 × 86.4 mm
3.8 × 3.4 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.12
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
157 PS (155 bhp) (116 kW)
at 4000 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
30.7 bhp/litre
0.5 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
304 Nm (224 ft·lb) (31 kgm)
at 2400 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
60.14 Nm/litre
0.73 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block & head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 8.4:1
Fuel system 1 Rochester M4MC carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 755.7 kPa (109.6 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 631.88 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 170 km/h (106 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 101.78 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
74.86 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
100.39 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.04 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 13.36 kg/kW
22.31 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 P195/75 x 14
Tyres rear P195/75 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 2.41
general
Carfolio.com ID170434
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 46.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1979 Buick Century Special Station Wagon added 2008-03-24.
Last modified 2013-02-28.