It’s officially convertible season, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen one this nice for sale. It’s pretty much the perfect spec: tri-power, 8-lug wheels, loaded, all on top of a pretty blue color with a white interior. That’s a lot of car, and if you were looking for a full-size Pontiac convertible, I don’t know if you could find a better one. Of course, it’s a LOT of money, to the point that I wouldn’t feel comfortable driving it daily or running errands with it (as I tend to do). Still, it’s hard to not see yourself behind that gently curved windshield, winding your way down some country road (and hanging on for dear life around every corner). There’s lots of ways to spend ~$30k, and this certainly isn’t the best or most responsible, but this is still a pretty good one.
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In college, I once borrowed a buddy’s car to drive 25 miles away to look at a clapped-out Centurion convertible, so this car brought back a few good memories – mostly because I wisely decided NOT to buy that car. At the time, I negated that wise decision when I ended up buying an equally clapped-out convertible that was 15 years newer. In spite of (or perhaps because of) that experience, I still get the urge for a convertible around this time of year. This particular Centurion is WAY nicer than the one I looked at those years ago, and is probably not much more expensive. It might not have the same panache as a Cadillac or Lincoln, but it’s probably 1/3 the price of a similar Caddy.
We got our first real taste of nice weather this past weekend around my parts, and a car guy’s thoughts naturally turn towards convertibles right about now. While this car’s creamy color and period-correct-but-by-now-cliche Keystone Klassics are up for debate, this looks like one heck of a nice car for the money. Of course, that crooked gill on the front fender is a little disconcerting and makes me wonder if there’s some questionable body work under it, but if you bring a magnet and are thorough (and are willing to accept some less-than-stellar aesthetics at this price point), you could probably figure out what’s up. I know if I were in the market for another classic right now, I’d be calling the seller pretty quickly.
It’s clear that I’m a sucker for any crusty old Pontiac, so it should be no surprise that this particular ad caught my eye. It had me at “Pontiac” and “convertible,” but the “4 speed” note is what really pushed this over the edge. Never mind that the rear end is particularly hideous, the carpet is an unholy shade of greenish brown while the rest of the interior is blue (and in remarkably good shape for a convertible), and that the top is surely both inoperable and in multiple pieces – I could look past those flaws easily, thanks to the aforementioned stick shift. What is particularly frightening is the side angle shot, which might as well be captioned “Here be Dragons;” there lurks more rust and Bondo in those lumpy rockers and misaligned door than you could shake a $2000 body shop bill at. All that said, for $3500, if it runs and drives, it would make a heck of a summer cruiser once you ironed out some of the more obvious flaws over the winter.
While the Caprice I posted a few weeks back was a boat that represented of some of the worst tendencies of the domestic auto industry, this Buick is something that is sorely lacking from every automaker’s lineup today: the full-size convertible. Headband-bro aside, it would be a lot of fun to float down the highway in this powder blue creampuff, soaking up every expansion joint and pot hole with ease and stopping every two hours for gas. For this kind of money, drive it a few summers, keep it clean, and flip it for the same price down the road. You might have to add a few feet on to your garage though.