Never This Nice: 1993 Buick Century Wagon – SOLD!
February 22, 2022 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
It’s easy to get lost in the cycle of only posting the most desirable specimens with the lustiest engines and sexiest lines. The world of wagons is quite vast, and no matter which one you choose, the utility can’t be beaten. This 1993 Buick Century may not be your idea of the Lord’s chariot, but it’s in very nice shape for having just over 100,000 miles. It was originally listed in February 2022 on Craigslist in Tampa, Florida complete with the factory books and manual and claimed original paint for $3,800. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has his Century wagon priced fairly, as it’s (shockingly) valued at $5,150 at the “High” retail price and $3,125 at the “Average” level.
The A-body Century was a long-lived design, and it’s not exactly easy to pick off the differences from year to year. GM actually did well with this model, despite being the stereotypical “cheap” GM model that littered used car lots and dirty alleyways once it eclipsed 10 years old. The design didn’t change much, but by the time the final editions rolled out in ’94, the Century had gained a driver’s side airbag, and the optional V6 cranked out a respectable 160 horsepower. The listing doesn’t say either way, but I suspect this example has the standard four-cylinder, which grew to develop a reasonable 120 horsepower in 1993. With a few different body styles to choose from (wagon, sedan, and coupe), the Century was a well-rounded offering from Buick, which is likely why it continued to sell so well despite being practically ancient.
The MotorWeek Retro Review YouTube Channel provides this test drive of the 1984 version of this venerable mid-size Buick station wagon that did not change much over the course of its production run:
The seller’s wagon isn’t anything particularly special other than for the fact that it’s one of the few Century wagons that still looks like a reasonable car to use as a daily driver. The fact that it has original paint and cold air conditioning suggests that someone has been looking after it, and the seller indicates it’s a bit of a known entity around Tampa Bay, referring to it as “…a legend that was bought new in Tampa.” I suppose that does make it somewhat notable that it never strayed too far from its original zip code, perhaps suggesting it belonged to an elderly driver who simply used it for short commutes and around-town travel. It has a rear-facing third-row seat in the classic domestic wagon tradition, so it’s plenty usable whether you’ve got the bodies to fill the seats or just need to flip them down for extra hauling capacity. Good luck with the purchase if you bring home one of the nicest Century wagons left!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“For those who looking for a great older quality Buick with only almost 100 k high way miles all original from books to paint good tires cold air non-smoker has third-row seating that folds down great running please call Sharon or bj in port Richey 727 area code 9923000 thanks“
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