Key facts

Buick Century Convertible Coupé, 1938 MY Series 60 66-C information summary

What body style?
convertible/cabriolet with 4 seats
How long?
5170 mm
What size engine?
5.2 litre, 5247 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, Straight
How much power?
143 PS / 141 bhp / 105 kW @ 3600 rpm
How much torque?
365 Nm / 269 / 37.2 kgm @ 2000 rpm


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1938 Buick Century Convertible Coupé technical specifications


The Buick Century Convertible Coupé is a convertible/cabriolet with 2 doors and a front mounted engine which transmits its power through the rear wheels.
The Buick Century Convertible Coupé belongs to the Series 60 model family from Buick.
The power is produced by a naturally aspirated engine of 5.2 litre capacity. This unit features overhead valve valve gear, 8 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It produces 141 bhp (143 PS/105 kW) of power at 3600 rpm, and maximum torque of 365 N·m (269 lb·ft/37.2 kgm) at 2000 rpm.
The engine delivers its power through to the wheels via a 3 speed manual gearbox.
1938 Buick Century Convertible Coupé data
Buick Century Convertible Coupé, 1938 MY Series 60 66-C data
Body type4 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 3200 126
Track/tread (front) 1481 58.3
Track/tread (rear) 1505 59.3
Length 5170 203.5
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.62
Kerb weight
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 68.2 litres 15 UK Gal 18 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Buick
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 8
Capacity 5.2 litre
5247 cc
(320.192 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 87.31 × 109.54 mm
3.44 × 4.31 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.8
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 143 PS (141 bhp) (105 kW)
at 3600 rpm
Specific output 26.9 bhp/litre
0.44 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 365 Nm (269 ft·lb) (37.2 kgm)
at 2000 rpm
Specific torque 69.56 Nm/litre
0.84 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 6.35:1
Fuel system 1 Marvel CD2 carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 874.2 kPa (126.8 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 655.88 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio
Weight-to-power ratio
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering worm & double roller
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 15 x 7.00
Tyres rear 15 x 7.00
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 3 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.90
general ID340945
Production total
Model code 66-C
Model family Series 60
RAC rating 37.8
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1938 Buick Century Convertible Coupé added 2013-06-23.
Last modified 2015-07-19.

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