This Car and Track test is a bit of a departure from the vintage "super car wring-outs" we are used to from the show. Instead of a muscle car with a little bit of luxury, the 1972 Buick Riviera GS is a luxury car with a little bit of muscle.
We've seen a few of Car and Track's "super car wring-outs" before, but in the words of host Bud Lindemann this week's 1968 Oldsmobile Hurst Cutlass might be "the silkiest bomb ever nestled between four wheels". Hint: It's a good thing.
In the words of host Bud Lindemann "In keeping with this recreational vehicle type show" Car and Track would occasionally take a vacation from the test track and head off road. That is exactly what we see in this week's 1973 Jeep CJ5 "off track" test.
By 1973 the muscle car was almost entirely dead. A few cars fought through increased emissions requirements and fuel concerns to try and keep the muscle car flame burning. Buick built the Century GS455 to be one of them. According to this vintage Car & Track review, they did the best they could.
"Apparently, no one told Ford about smog emissions, high insurance premiums, and the new legislation-sponsored safety laws."