Roadside Find: 1973 Buick Century Luxus

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Eastern California is a dry and sparsely populated area. Cars don’t rust, they bake. I have seen cars from the 1920s pulled out of barns and sheds in good shape. This Buick was left somewhere for years and now sits along the Highway 395 in Walker, California. There’s not much traffic and it might take awhile to find a buyer. You may remember a Corvair I wrote up that had set for over a year.

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This note on the window tells the story. It’s a one owner car, mostly original, and mostly rust free. It’s actually Luxus, not Lexus. Luxus was an Opel model that was used on the Buick Century model when GM owned Opel. I wonder what else Al knows about the history of this car.

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The interior is described as “nice”. It does look nice, but after being baked so long it might be crunchy. The interior could use a good cleaning too.

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The left side must have been the shady side. There’s plenty of Patina, but the rust appears to be only surface rust.

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Is there any hope for this old heap? It’s hard to imagine that someone would find this patina attractive, but you never know. It has an interesting collection of wheels. In California it is exempt from smog inspection so you would be free to improve the performance of that tired old 350. What would you do with this to make it a driver? Is it worth the paint and body work? Or would you just drive on by?

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  1. Blueprint

    I kinda like the big Lincoln next to it!

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    • David F David Staff

      You like the Lincoln? That’s great news. I was wondering whether to write it up and I did so! The Lincoln write up should appear soon. Check out the interior! Could that Lincoln be worth $900?

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      • grant

        Love the Lincoln, bring it on!

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      • Blueprint

        Looks like a bargain! These are the true land yachts, elegant in their excess.

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  2. grant

    Um, no? Yes. No.

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  3. ccrvtt

    This is no car for the faint of heart. My personal opinion is that it’s one of the better colonnade-styled GM intermediates. The flamboyant fender lines and the nice detail on the face make it a winner. No money in a restoration, though. It would have to be a labor of love.

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  4. Chebby

    New wheels, Maaco paint job, you’re good to go.

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