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Almost New: ’66 Buick Riviera

Buick Riviera

We are big fans of 1st and 2nd generation Buick Rivieras. We featured a 1st generation car with knife-edge styling last month so it is fitting to follow that car with perhaps the best ’66 out there today. Clean, flowing lines are evident in the 1966 Buick Riviera as a wonderfully elegant example of automotive design. The Riv’s 119-inch wheelbase chassis was a rear-drive variant of the new perimeter-frame design used by the contemporary 1966 front-wheel-drive Oldsmobile Toronado. Read More


Wagon Whoa: ’65 Buick “Gran” Sport Wagon

Buick Gran Sport

Buick called their intermediate wagon the Sport Wagon and it had a Skyroof. Maybe the reference to Skyroof is new to you. It was to us. Buick Gran Sport Buick Gran Sport These medium-size GM wagons from Buick and Olds are pretty cool (Oldsmobile called theirs the Vista Cruiser). But this offering isn’t any old Buick Sport Wagon. It is a 1-off Gran Sport Wagon. Buick made some very competitive muscle cars in the day called Gran Sports but no wagon was ever produced. Read More


Creased Trousers: 1964 Buick Riviera

64rivierablack01The legendary coachbuilder Sergio Pininfarina said the new Riviera was “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built,” adding that it “marked a very impressive return to simplicity of American car design.” Sir William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar and a respected designer, called it “a very wonderful job.” Raymond Loewy said the Riviera was the best-looking American car. And we credit GM’s Bill Mitchell for the design who humbly said, “I just put the crease in the trousers”. Read More