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Detroitcenturion
02-14-2013, 05:18 PM
So I picked up a 72 centurion convertible and I am thrilled. I've got most of the car history figured out but maybe one of you guys can spell out my cowl tag for me here goes:

St72 46667 Y 00526bdy
TR 476 A65 67 APNT
12C 0611
C60 BWY361

Thanks and happy crusing in the Motor City!

Smartin
02-14-2013, 06:31 PM
ST72 = 1972 Model Year
4 = Buick
66 = Centurion
67 = Convertible
Y = Wilmington, DE Plant
00526 = Sequential body number

TR 476 = Saddle Vinyl Interior
A65 = (not sure)
67 = Deep Chestnut Paint
A = White convertible top
12C = 3rd week of December 1971 build date

I don't know the other codes...these are just option codes.

Detroitcenturion
02-14-2013, 09:15 PM
Thanks! Anyone out there know the option codes? I am assuming 00526 body number is an early one.

Smartin
02-14-2013, 10:17 PM
Yes, I goofed on the date code. I edited it to reflect the correct year.

Bob Alberini
02-14-2013, 10:50 PM
Hi Detroitcenturion,
I actually did a physical documentation on your car in June of 1989 when the car was for sale here in Columbus. The original color, Deep Chestnut, was a Riviera only special order color but when I saw it, the color had been changed to Sandalwood which was really too bad because the Deep Chestnut was a rare color on a Centurion convertible. I'll check the exact number for you if you'd care to know just how rare. You'll also find that your Centurion is already in the registry based upon my documentation.

The A65 on your body plate denotes the Notch-back seat interior and the C60 denotes air conditioning with manual controls. Some of the other codes are ones that I am not familiar with.

Your body number puts it roughly in the middle of Centurion convertible production as the split between Wilmington and Kansas City was actually quite close on the 2,396 units that were built. If you would like the exact split, I'll get that information for you also.

Welcome aboard and it is nice to know that you are thrilled with your car.

Bob Alberini
02-15-2013, 01:11 PM
Hey Detroitcenturion,
I went ahead and got some facts and figures for you. Of the 2,396 '72 Centurion convertibles that were built, only 7 were built in Deep Chestnut so you can see how rare they were in this SCO color.

1,299 '72 Centurion convertibles were built at the Fairfax (Kansas City) plant and 1,097, including your car, were built at the Wilmington plant.

Richard Dunn
02-15-2013, 06:39 PM
Big green was also built in Wilmington the third week of December 1972.
They could have been following each other down the line.

Detroitcenturion
02-19-2013, 06:27 PM
That is a great response! Thanks guys...the car has since been painted black, and I was debating the full restoration starting with the canvas top. I rescued this car in Detroit it needs some work but relatively solid. I'll put some photos up soon. Do you know of any surviving chestnut centurions?

Bob Alberini
02-20-2013, 08:12 AM
When I last saw your Centurion on ebay within the last ten years, it was looking somewhat tired and needing TLC, Detroitcenturion. At that time, it was still painted Sandalwood so it is great news that you saved the car and are intending to do a full restoration.

To the best of my knowledge, your car is the sole survivor that would have been originally painted in Riviera Deep Chestnut. We have seldom encountered the SCO finished cars and our best luck has been Flame Orange '72 convertibles where we have documented 5 of the 25 cars that were built. We also have documented a Sunburst Yellow '72, a Tarheel Blue '71 convertible (hi Bruce) and an Elkhart Green (Corvette color) '73 as well but finding any of these SCO cars is a RARE treat. There may have been a couple of others but these are the ones that I can recall offhand. They were built in miniscule numbers when new so finding any of them is something special.

Detroitcenturion
02-20-2013, 06:09 PM
Again this has been a great story so thanks. I need to restore the top any recommendations on fabric quality?

My3buicks
02-20-2013, 09:51 PM
I have found the best top company to deal with is Electron (Electrontop.com) - their tops are second to none and the fit and quality are superb!!

birminghamer
02-20-2013, 10:42 PM
I would second on the Electron top. It may cost a bit more but it's well worth the investment. This is not an area you want to have cost alone drive the project.

My3buicks
02-21-2013, 08:55 AM
It is also crucial that you check with other vintage convertible car owners in your area that have had work done to find a reputable installer - a quality installation is as important as the quality top.

Detroitcenturion
02-21-2013, 06:39 PM
Thanks I checked out the site and the tops look really nice....If fully restored and for insurance purposes what do you think an sco 72 centurion is worth?

My3buicks
02-21-2013, 06:58 PM
It would totally depend on the restoration. Show car standard? Driver standard? Authentic or Non-authentic? The SCO does not necessarily add alot in value unless someone is looking for something a little more unique. These cars seem to be all about condition, fantastic color combinations, and options that drive their price up. Lots of run of the mill ones out there, and usually run of the mill prices. Your car has to stand above the rest to get the big dollars. Probably the most recent exceptional one that comes to mind that was purchased was a 71 and was all original and in the 15K range. Number one range in the price guide is around $21K for 71's & 2's and about $4K less for 73's. That all being said, I have mine insured for $25k

Detroitcenturion
02-21-2013, 07:06 PM
Well trust me deep chestnut is no flame orange but the rareness factor is really one to consider.Thanks for the tips it's going to be a fun process.

My3buicks
02-21-2013, 07:10 PM
Deep Chestnut will be beautiful if done well, it will be a very elegant color.

Detroitcenturion
02-24-2013, 10:53 AM
So now starts the hunt for parts ( lots to do before woodward dream cruise) let me know if anyone has suggestions on finding the following. Fender script emblem, new seals, rear view mirror, lower passenger side grille section, rear cornering light driver side, trunk light, and last but not least I have the hub cap covers for the rally chrome wheels but the insert that holds them on to the wheel has broken off 2 of them. Does anyone know if there is a retro fit for those? You guys have an awesome group of resources so thanks for making it available. I'll do my best to get before and afters up.

My3buicks
02-28-2013, 03:37 PM
Here is an Electra done in Deep Chestnut

75RivGS
02-28-2013, 09:12 PM
Here is an Electra done in Deep Chestnut

72 Aussie?

Robroy
03-01-2013, 03:17 PM
Can this be Deep Chestnut too?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Limited-Model-67-000-original-miles-one-owner-/111019256145?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item19d9436951#v4-41

My3buicks
03-01-2013, 03:28 PM
That is 73 Brown Metallic

Robroy
03-01-2013, 03:39 PM
Allrighty,
Seems like a nice Limited though!

My3buicks
03-01-2013, 03:45 PM
I agree, and really loaded up nicely.

Robroy
03-01-2013, 04:11 PM
Yep, and a two owner car with 67,000 original miles as well

Detroitcenturion
03-03-2013, 07:59 PM
That is a beauty....I feel for history sake it should go original

My3buicks
03-03-2013, 08:03 PM
History and uniqueness!! The white top will really make the Deep Chestnut pop. (I feel the need to add Pop Pop Pop after that last sentence)
You will never regret doing a car right the first time.

Detroitcenturion
03-11-2013, 06:12 PM
I put up a few shots up of interior and exterior on my page. Starting work on a little trunk rust as it turned 60 this weekend in the "D" and pulling the trigger on the new white top from Electron. Currently as it sits the black paint job is rough...somwtime this summer she will go Deep Chestnut once again.