The first Buick Century's were full-size, steel-bodied cars equipped with Buick's biggest engine and a variety of optional equipment like power brakes and windows. Body styles included 2-door coupe or convertible, and 4-door sedan or wagon. The first generation was only produced from 1954-58, and after a long hiatus it returned in 1973. This time it was built on GM's mid-size A-body platform, and much like other US-built vehicles it was underpowered thanks to emissions regulations. Still, styling was quite nice. From the 1980's to mid-90's, the Century lived in family sedan territory and dominated along with the Oldsmobile Cutlass. In fact, most Buick Century parts are the same as Cutlass parts except for some of the trim and interior components. The last generation Century was a complete redesign from the previous model, and it was a huge cosmetic improvement. This was Buick's entry-level vehicle, but its options and styling felt much more than entry-level. Clearly, Buick was on to something here, however the LaCrosse would take its place after 2005. Fun fact: in the 1930's, Buick designers were tasked with creating a vehicle that could reach speeds of over 100mph. Upon the return from a trip to England, a Buick executive chose the name Century after learning that the Brit's call driving 100mph "doing the century".