Can Somebody Save This 1956 Century Coronado – One Of Only 240 Built

This afternoon we received an e-mail from a viewer in the south to let us know about this rare Cadillac powered 1956 20′ Century Coronado. According to the Century Boat Club website, only 240 Coronado’s were produced in 1956, and the original Cadillac powered versions are considered by many to be the rarest of the rare for that model year.

The Coronado is being offered for auction on Saturday, April 28th by Wayne Evans Auction Co., Inc. in Columbus, Georgia, you can go directly to their website by clicking here. From the photographs the boat appears to be fairly complete, but some further research may have to be done regarding the tri-carb set-up on this Cadillac engine to confirm if it’s one of those Cal Connell specials.

Images courtesy of –

Wayne Evans Auction Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 4600 or
5344 Kolb Avenue
Columbus, GA 31904
Phone: 1-800-282-8460
Fax: (706)324-0354


Update – Saturday, April 28/2012.

We received a report today that the Century Coronado (shown above) was a “no-sale” at today’s auction. It was reported that the bidding reached approximately 3,400.00 and then stalled.

7 replies
  1. brian t
    brian t says:

    Disclaimer: Ok, this might be a really stupid idea but I thought I throw it out just for thought….

    Here we have yet another plea for help to save yet another wood boat from an unknown fate. Here is my idea. What if everyone in the ACBS were to pledge, as part of their yearly dues, an amount of say $10 max for a fund to purchase and store boats that might have a future, but because of the crappy economy right now, may face that damn backhoe instead?

    I can envision a fleet of saved wood boats that are all owned by the ACBS collective. Many of us do not have all of the funds needed to save each boat, but I would gladly give $10 a year with the hope that my small part – along with the monies from the entire ACBS, would ensure that wood boats were saved rather than future firewood.

    Yeah yeah, it sounds like communism etc but is not part of our enthusiasm for wood boats include an effort to ensure their survival?

    This idea is not to make a profit, but only to buy time to find buyers in better times ahead.

    I guess what I am saying is that maybe there is not one person out there willing to part with $1000 to save this boat right now, but what if WE ALL owned it for a few years until we could then find a future owner for this boat when the economy improves.

    What do you think?

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    Genus! It’s apergetory of sorts, like an animal shelter. The person who wants it can buy the boat at cost plus a percentage and thus it’s a money making enterprise. Maybe it’s a broker that does it. Or us? I have long thought of a donation program like this to help fund woody boater. Donate your boat to help grow the hobby. Butnyour idea is better

  3. Frank Miklos
    Frank Miklos says:

    We have a field of boats that are now just tarped over instead of being plowed under or burned… We know we can’t get to all of them . Hopefully some day someone will want to re-build some of them….

  4. Jerri
    Jerri says:

    Great idea Brian,

    I would gladly chip in. Maybe some could be used to teach the next woodyboater generation how to restore.

  5. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    My dad owned one of these boats in the 80’s and sold it when we moved away from the water. I think it broke his heart! It had the Chrysler engine and we have been trying to find another one for him off and on for years. What is the condition of this boat?

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Vicki – You can contact the auction house (info noted above in the story) and inquire to see if the boat is still available and if so, it’s current condition.

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