Buick Century Special Sedan, 1979 MY

The Buick Century Special Sedan is a sedan/saloon with 4 doors and a front mounted engine which delivers its power to the rear wheels. It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 3.2 litre capacity. This powerplant features overhead valve valve gear, a 90 degree V 6 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It develops 105 bhp (106 PS/78 kW) of power at 4000 rpm, and maximum torque of 217 N·m (160 lb·ft/22.1 kgm) at 2000 rpm. The engine delivers its power through to the wheels by means of a 3 speed manual gearbox. It weighs a claimed 1430 kg at the kerb. Maximum speed claimed is 145 km/h or 90 mph.

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Key facts

Buick Century Special Sedan, 1979 MY information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4978 mm
How heavy?
1430 kg
What size engine?
3.2 litre, 3212 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, V
How much power?
106 PS / 105 bhp / 78 kW @ 4000 rpm
How much torque?
217 Nm / 160 ft.lb / 22.1 kgm @ 2000 rpm
How fast?
145 km/h, 90 mph

Buick Century models

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
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
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 5055 cm3 157 PS 155 bhp 116 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 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
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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1979 Buick Century Special Sedan data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
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 1397 mm 55 inches
Ground clearance 154 mm 6.1 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.81
Kerb weight 1430 kg 3153 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 68 litres 15 UK Gal 18 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer GM
Engine code
Cylinders V 6 in 90° vee
Capacity 3.2 litre
3212 cc
(196.008 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 88.9 × 86.36 mm
3.5 × 3.4 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.03
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
106 PS (105 bhp) (78 kW)
at 4000 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
32.7 bhp/litre
0.54 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
217 Nm (160 ft·lb) (22.1 kgm)
at 2000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
67.56 Nm/litre
0.82 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block & head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 8:1
Fuel system 1 Rochester 2ME carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 849 kPa (123.1 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 4
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 535.33 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 145 km/h (90 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 74.45 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
54.75 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
73.43 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 18.26 kg/kW
30.51 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 13.20 m
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 manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 2.93
general
Carfolio.com ID54945
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 29.4
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1979 Buick Century Special Sedan added 1995-12-11.
Last modified 2013-02-28.