1982 BUICK RIVIERA CONVERTIBLE
GARAGE KEPT. YOU CAN SEE BY THE PICTURES THE CONDITION OF THE CAR A 30 YEAR OLD BEAUTY
Believed to be 60,000 miles
2nd owner last 27 years
Original sticker was $24,494
The most expensive GM car in 1982
1982 production was 1,248
Just updated mechanicals
Original Tonneau cover and custom full zippered Tonneau
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A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE BUICK RIVIERA CONVERTIBLE
If you own or have owned one of these fine Buick automobiles, you know what an
exciting, luxurious car they are. The Convertible was based on a new body style for
Riviera introduced in 1979. Changed little over the next seven years, this body style
has gone down as the best selling Riviera of all times. By 1982 GM Brass was feeling
pretty good about this car and decided to introduce a Convertible version in the spring
of 1982. This being the first for Buick since 1975 and the first Convertible of any kind
to come out of GM since the Last of the Breed 1976 Cadillac Eldorado was axed.
This was a big step, it was 1982 and times were tough for the American auto industry.
On February 25, 1982, a press release was sent out to all dealers. The all new, limited
production, Buick Riviera Convertible is to debut in the spring, mid April 1982.
Available in two colors only; White or Red Firemist with a Maple/Claret Leather Interior
with a white vinyl top. Most never made it to a dealers lot before mid to late July of that
year and all featured the new updated 1983 Riviera grill. THis was a very well
appointed automobile by 1982 standards and the price reflected it.
Consider this, a brand new 1982 Buick Riviera hardtop, a best seller for Buick, cost
$14,898.45 base price with freight. Not a cheap car by any standard. The 1982 Buick
Riviera Convertible, a new untested car for Buick, cost $24,494.25 base price with
freight. Add some options and this car would top out at over $27,500.00. This was the
highest price automobile GM sold, and that counted all brands, including Cadillac.
In 1982 only 1248 were produced. Not a bad number for a newly introduced, limited
production high end automobile.
While all of the cars began life as a hardtop at the Linden, New Jersey assembly plant,
they were soon on their way to American Sun Roof (ASC) in Lansing, Michigan. Here
they would have the top removed, the structure strengthened and the final assembly of
the convertible top mechanism, rear seat and interior appointments. It should be noted
that the rear seat assembly is unique to the Convertible alone and will not interchange
with the hardtop. After completeion at ASC it was off to the Dealer or Buick Zone
Warehouse and Distribution Center in Flint, Michigan.
A lot of these cars were actually driven by GM Executives, Zone Managers and other
officials within the ranks of GM. It was not uncommon to have higher ups from GM
tooling around in a Buick Convertible as their division had been neutered of
convertibles a few years back. Cadillac liked this car so much that they actually got
their own version in the form of the 1984 and 1985 Cadillac Eldorado.
Body Style: CONVERTIBLE 2-DR,Engine Type: 5.0L V8 OHV 16V