For Sale: 1972 Buick Centurion in MANCHESTER CENTER, Vermont

Vehicle Description


  • This authentic Centurion is a unique, half-century Classic Car.
  • Documented 93,226 original miles represents less than 2000/year.
  • Only 2 owners, always garaged, in great shape, inspection valid through April 2023.
  •  $    12,454.19 maintenance repair since barn find in 2015.
  • The V8-455x4 engine will not disappoint
  • Ready to be enjoyed.

History: It is 50 years ago, that David purchased this rather rare Centurion, new from the Buick Dealer, on the 19th of May, 1972. The 2 door hardtop Centurion, with its powerful V8-455 x 4 engine and sleek design and 2 tone paint scheme, had been David’s dream car. That day the car’s VIN Number, 4P47T2Y218253, was handwritten written on the ‘Buick New Warranty document’, together with his first and last name. He was proud of his purchase  and kept all the original documents, such as the “Auto Owner’s Maintenance Folio” that also displayed his name, containing 1972 owner’s manual, the ‘ 1972 Emission Control Systems Information’ and ‘1972 Consumer Information for Your Buick’. (See Pictures).

David cherished his Centurion and always carefully garaged it; only to take it out for a spin on special occasions between 1972 and 1987 averaging 3,468 miles per year. Regretfully he then fell ill and for the next 17 years only some 507 miles/ year were driven on average, essentially to the change the oil, lubricate the systems and keep the State Inspection and insurance current. Having the Centurion by his side was his comfort according to the family.  By 2005 the Centurion (with 62,281 original, documented miles on the odometer), would not be driven again and remain in the old garage where it always had been,  as the family could not bring themselves to part from this fine reminder of David,  his beloved Centurion.

Today: Already a classic Buick owner myself (e.g. 1975 Buick Le Sabre Convertible), I was able to quality to ‘rescue’ the Centurion and was permitted to become its second owner in September 2015. Since then $12,454.19 care has been lavished on the car for repairs to this, by now,  CLASSIC CAR (fully documented). Nothing major but standard upgrade maintenance that one can expect after an extensive rest period in David’s (air-conditioned) barn-garage. (Repairs such as but, not limited to : New fuel tank, fuel lines,  water pump, fuel pump, front and rear shocks, manifold gasket, rotor, calipers, starter motor; all the expensive bits). The Centurion was, and is, back in great shape and the half-century Centurion continues to be fully garaged. For the next 6.5 years only 4,750 glorious miles were recorded on average by me. (After all how many classic Buicks can you drive all at once?). The Centurion’s thrill is its V8-455 engine, which does not disappoint passing cars on two lane roads. This Centurion has, naturally, passed State inspection  as it has every year; its current State Inspection is valid through April 2023 (See pictures).

Are you ready to become only the third owner of this 1972 BUICK  Centurion? Then I like you to know the following:

  • The Centurion is meticulously maintained, and professionally serviced and repaired. (See pictures and fully documentation available). The car is ready to go,
  • It is in really good shape. As an authentic 1972 car there is some ‘dust rust’ under the car as can be expected from a 50 year old car that is driven to enjoy, but nothing structural or bumpers which could not be elbow greased out. Trunk lid has rust on bottom end. Missing is the air-conditioning unit and there is a small tear on the right hand side roof line. (See pictures).
  • If you desire to bring the Centurion to a concourse type car, rather than a good looking driving machine, all the structural and important key parts are uniquely  in place and of high standard .  Also the spotless parts of the truck etc. (See Pictures).
  • A better example of the original leather interior can hardly be imagined. The front and back seats are like new, the dashboard and flooring are immaculate. (See Pictures). No one has ever smoked in the vehicle.

The value of any classic car is its authenticity. This unique “Barn-like-find “ half-century Centurion can be celebrated  as authentic as can be, with all its  VIN Numbers matching everywhere (i.e. chassis, engine block, transmission; see pictures).

  • 4= Buick
  • P= Centurion
  • 47= 2dr Hardtop
  • T= V8-455 4 barrel carb.
  • 2= 1972
  • Y= Wilmington, DE Assembly plant
  • 218,253= production number

Some Classic Cars are fun to look at, but difficult to maintain. Mechanical parts for this Centurion are readily available and I found it easy to drive and maintain.

Enjoy the 50th year anniversary this year!


Vehicle Details

  • 1972 Buick Centurion
  • Listing ID: CC-1605599
  • Price: $23,995 (OBO)
  • Location:MANCHESTER CENTER, Vermont
  • Year:1972
  • Make:Buick
  • Model:Centurion
  • Exterior Color:Flame Orange
  • Interior Color:Beige/creamy green
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:93226
  • VIN:4P47T2Y218253
  • Title Status:Clear
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive
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