It straddles the line between muscle car and luxury car and its futuristic styling is truly something to behold. This 1965 Buick Riviera is a cruiser par excellence with torque aplenty - it's at the top of its game mechanically and features a plush interior that's nicely appointed. You don't see many Rivieras from its era out on the road, and certainly only a select few boasting the strong running condition this one offers.
With its inclined front end, sharply contoured bumper and .....
tall, almost cylindrical headlights, there isn't much chance of this vintage Buick getting lost in a crowd. You can imagine the stir its revolutionary styling caused when it debuted and all these decades later, this is a classic you just can't help but stare appreciatively at. Its Champagne Mist exterior makes an immediate impression and while it was never intended to be just a show car, but something to be enjoyed on the road, make no mistake - this car is loaded with curb appeal and will no doubt turn heads everywhere you go. Its exterior alignment is very strong - take a lap around and you'll find that the doors, hood and trunk all blend well with their surrounding panels and show nice, even gaps. Displaying a substantial collection of chrome was still very much a badge of honor in the mid-'60s and the exterior fittings here - from that one of a kind front bumper, to the length of trim dividing the hood on back - are all looking good.
The interior has been restored/preserved to a fairly impressive condition while holding onto its factory configuration and provides an outstanding driving environment that will take you back in time. Both the wide-backed front buckets and rear bench seat are as comfortable as they come and you won't find much wear on their saddle-colored leather and suede surfaces. The door panels to each side, as well as the carpeting lining the floor, also appear fresh and their darker color accents and woodgrain appliques provides a nice contrast to the seating. Climb into the driver's seat and you'll immediately feel ready for the open road - beyond the three-spoke wood steering wheel, the instrument cluster features an assortment of crystal clear gauges, while other options include factory air conditioning (will need to be serviced), the factory AM radio, and a middle console that's appointed with the same beautiful woodgrain applique that adorns the door panels. Given the Riviera's generous proportions in the rear seat, the trunk area in back offers plenty of space as well, with plenty of room to accommodate all of your travel plans.
There's plenty of power on hand to accompany all this style as well, thanks to the optional 425 Nailhead V8 that generated 340 horses from the factory. Believed to be this Riv's original engine, the big block is running great - firing up promptly with the turn of a key and idling with impressive smoothness. Should you decide to get a little more aggressive on the accelerator, prepare to be pushed back in your seat - this 7.0 liter powerplant is good for huge lb-ft of torque and teams with a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission that shifts with no issues. Power steering makes navigating this half-muscle car, half luxury car a breeze, while power brakes that feature a responsive master cylinder and brake booster bring this Buick's set of 15"" stock wheels outfitted with whitewall radial tires that show plenty of tread to dependable stops. A peek below reveals a very strong looking undercarriage, and from this vantage point you can see the distinctive X -shaped frame rails Buick employed to provide maximum structural rigidity.
This 1st generation 1965 Buick Riviera is loaded with style and ready to hit the road. With a great pricec like this, she won't last long. Call today!