The Truth About Cars » 1973 Buick Century http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:15:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » 1973 Buick Century http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1973 Buick Century Luxus Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/junkyard-find-1973-buick-century-luxus-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/junkyard-find-1973-buick-century-luxus-wagon/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416252 One of the weirder byproducts of Buick’s Malaise Era genetic mixing with distant GM cousin Opel was the Luxus trim level. You could get Luxus badging on a Manta, a Kadett, an Ascona… or a Buick Century wagon. If only Buick had thought to append “Brougham d’Elegance” to this thing’s name… well, another lost opportunity […]

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One of the weirder byproducts of Buick’s Malaise Era genetic mixing with distant GM cousin Opel was the Luxus trim level. You could get Luxus badging on a Manta, a Kadett, an Ascona… or a Buick Century wagon. If only Buick had thought to append “Brougham d’Elegance” to this thing’s name… well, another lost opportunity for The General.
I found this well-used example in a Los Angeles junkyard, and in this case— for once— I feel certain that no vintage-wagon aficionados are going to rend their garments and bewail the impending destruction of another piece of our national heritage. This wagon is a straight-up hooptie, right down to the space-saver spare tire (which you know saw speeds in excess of 90 MPH while bolted finger-tight to this 4,227-pound monster).
Luxus. Yes.
I can’t help thinking of Bill Owens’ incredible book Suburbia when I see wagons like this one. You know, a time when life was simple.
Even better than a Century Luxus would have been a Buick Opel Luxus with Isuzu power and a landau roof.

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