Key facts

Buick 60 Century, 1939 MY information summary

What body style?
sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
5169 mm
How heavy?
1780 kg
What size engine?
5.2 litre, 5231 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, Straight
How much power?
143 PS / 141 bhp / 105 kW @ 3600 rpm
How much torque?


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1939 Buick 60 Century technical specifications


The Buick 60 Century is a rear wheel drive road car, with its engine placed in the front, and a saloon body.
The Buick 60 Century's engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 5.2 litre, overhead valve 8 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder. It has an output of 141 bhp (143 PS/105 kW) of power at 3600 rpm.
A 3 speed Wilson Preselect transmission transfers the power to the driven wheels.
Stated weight at the kerb is 1780 kg.
1939 Buick 60 Century data
Buick 60 Century, 1939 MY data
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 3188 125.5
Track/tread (front) 1481 58.3
Track/tread (rear) 1481 58.3
Length 5169 203.5
Width 1829 72
Ground clearance 197 7.8
length:wheelbase ratio 1.62
Kerb weight 1780 kg 3924 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Buick
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 8
Capacity 5.2 litre
5231 cc
(319.215 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 87.31 × 109.5 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 27 bhp/litre
0.44 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
Specific torque
Engine construction
compression ratio
Fuel system
bmep (brake mean effective pressure)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 653.88 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 80.31 PS/g
59.07 kW/g
79.21 bhp/ton
0.04 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 16.93 kg/kW
28.28 lb/bhp
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
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.
Rear suspension LA.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 3 speed Wilson Preselect
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.90
general ID54714
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 37.8
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1939 Buick 60 Century added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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