FROM THE MISSOULA AUTO MUSEUM COLLECTION: Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 19th - 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele's 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information. The Century nameplate first appeared on a Buick model in the 1930s, commemorating its ability to exceed 100 mph. When civilian automobile production resumed after World War II, Buick did so without returning the Century to production until 1954. However, when it returned, the Century formula was simple but effective - put the biggest and most powerful Buick engine into the smallest model, cloaked with tastefully understated bodywork. Underhood, the Century's "Fireball" overhead-valve V8 engine was carefully developed, reaching a stout 255 horsepower rating by 1956. Buick's Dynaflow automatic transmission continued and was installed in an amazing 96.7 per cent of all 1956 Buick models. True to its name, the 1956 Buick Century was a very capable performer, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, en route to quarter-mile times of around 17 seconds and a top speed exceeding 110 mph, as confirmed by contemporary roads tests in Speed Age and Motor Trend magazines. In fact, the 1956 Century was the fastest ever. While its performance credentials were certainly impressive in their day, the Century offered plenty of style too. Instantly recognizable by its four oval "ventiports" and leather trim, the Centur epitomized 1950s American style. By 1956, Buick was in full stride and ranked in third place for the calendar year, with 9.1 percent of the American industry's total production. Offered from the Missoula Auto Museum Collection, this 1956 Buick Century 4-door is a highly engaging example with a two-tone paint finish, a nice cloth interior, and more. As a 1956 Buick sales catalog noted, "Drive the Century and you command thrills that set the pulse of even a sports car enthusiast to pounding." That statement certainly still holds true and this 1956 Century 4-door is a great way to experience it for yourself.