Chopping the back off a saloon can lead to unfortunate results.
The 1978 A-body cars at GM lost a lot of fat in the downsizing wave of the mid-70s. Half a tonne of car vanished per model. For the Aeroback cars such as this 1979 Century coupe even more metal got sliced off (the same went for the very similar Olds Cutlass Salon). The 1977 Talbot Sunbeam and 1975 AMC Pacer underwent the same sort of radical surgery in the name of making one car out of another. But if you want to consider less egregious examples, think of the 1993 BMW 3-series Compact, 2008 Benz CLC and 2000 Alfa Romeo 147. Like the Century Aeroback, the CLC lasted only four years and it also had carry-over doors and windscreen. Wasn’t that a real mayfly car?
Apparently GM wanted to add some European panache to the Century line-up and may very well have instructed Buick’s designers to peep at Opel’s work on the 1978 Monza when styling the Æroback. Customers for Buicks didn’t warm to the Aeroback or, more likely, the application of the idea to the front half of the corresponding sedans. The car is overbodied at the rear and other half is not aerofront in the least.
What’s it like inside?
Like many externally large Detroit cars of the time, width and length doesn’t translate into longitudinal interior space. Despite its near-luxury pretensions, little about this passenger compartment invites and leg-room is scant. This scant:
There is a fine ashtray built into the front-seats but no centre arm-rest. A 1978 Ford Escort is about as roomy and well-equipped. Buick had good company in this regard: a Mercury Monarch is equipped as parsimoniously. A W-123 coupe is equally mean on space, possibly worse.
On a general note, such relics as this Tri-Shield are not very uncommon in western Denmark; in contrast East Jutland is a desert for this class of old cars. I am not sure why except it might be something socio-economic. Further, like the Monarch I looked at a few years back, this is surely an eccentric choice of import and there must be a very particular story behind its appearance in the place where even the crows turn. There are at least ten worthier mid-size Malaise-era Detroiters one could select ahead of this ill-proportioned vehicle.
[The title photo is the unfortunate result of poor lighting, obstructive rubbish and a lack of time.]