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Rolls Royce powered Century Coronado

Th only one ever made

For the New York Boat Show Century made a special 1963 Coronado 21’ luxury runabout. She featured a clear plexiglass engine box to replace the standard middle seat  and vinyl covered wood engine box.

Why? This was the only Century Coronado ever made powered with a Rolls Royce V-8 engine. The engine in this boat was a show stopper!

While the engine made headlines in the press and with the boaters at the New York Boat Show, she did not run as well as everyone expected and she was expensive with that Rolls Royce V-8 engine.

The Century Boat Company replaced the Rolls Royce engine with a Graymarine V-8 and installed the standard middle seating and the standard engine box when the did the engine repower, before selling this one as a 1964 model to a retail boat owner.

The boat reflects some 1963 model Century Coronado features and some 1964 Century Coronado details.

Seabuddy / chris brown first saw this unique 21’ Century Coronado boat at the New York boat show, at its introduction.

Photo from Century Boat Club, thanks.

1958 Century Coronado with the factory Hard Top

another photo of the sliding hard top

1958 Century Coronado with factory Hard Top

This is the boat that was and is still famous for being able to deep-water start 12 water skiers at one time.

It is often mentioned as it was the fastest production boat during the time it was built.

I am sure that fans of the Chris Craft Cobra 21 models powered with the hot-rodded Cadillac engine option would want to challenge that statement.

Certainly, almost all knowledgeable classic boat owners will say that the Century at high speed far out-handles the Chris Craft Cobra while giving the man behind the wheel more of a sense of confidence.

At the same time, those same people will pay a far higher price for a Cobra boat for sale than the Century Coronado boat for sale.

underside view from the boat's cockpit

The Coronado was introduced as a one of the first 1955 models from any boat builder. The styling was very different and caught the fancy of boaters that lusted after a luxury boat to use on the lakes of the world.  It was said to be the most successful and impressive luxury boat ever.

Regular engine choices offered speeds to boat owners of up to 50-55 mph when all the other production boat builders only set up their offerings to go 40-45 mph.. The Coronado was introduced in the summer of 1954, as a 1955 model. It was the most successful and impressive luxury boat ever. It not only had style but also offered impressive speeds reaching in excess 55 mph with stock engines.

1,743 wood boat units were built by Century in a 14 year model run. A record for what is a top shelf boat offering. About 1,000 more boats were later built using fiberglass. The fiberglass Coronado is a very close clone of the wood Coronado, but not an exact copy.

Hey, Elvis Presley owned a Century Coronado, as did Robert F. Kennedy, the Shaw of Iran, and Liberace did also with his having a special trim treatment, plus TV’s Dr. Spock was an owner of a Century Coronado.

In another posting, seabuddy / chris brown blogged about a model of the boat shown in these photos. Look between the two and see how close the model matches up to the real boat, if you want. I expect the model and the boat to be at the Antique and Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 18-20.

nice, comfortable seating with walk around cockpit space

engine cover box


Like a 1950's Car interior