1964 Buick Riviera
Ordered new as Kansas City Buick dealer’s wife personal car, then made available and purchased early ‘64 by bachelor engineer working for off- shore Oil Company in rust-free Texas and Louisiana. Returning to KCMO upon retirement, he maintained his Riviera with a collection of Corvettes and unique autos. After 42 years in 2006, he carefully “selected” the next owner for the car… who promptly passed the car to its present owner.
Meticulous records were kept since new; even original spark plugs were cataloged and boxed, noting any wear. Original dash tags, FM radio instructions and Owner's Manual are still with the car. The Riviera has never been "restored" but maintained and carefully updated where seen appropriate. Engine is original to car being rebuilt once in the 70's and again in 2009 to stock specs. Car is solid and rust free, drives fantastic and is visually stunning. Driven regularly in season and always garage kept.
This is basically an original car. The only variations being "Skylark" style wheels, 2" lowered coil springs, an upgraded sound system and metalflake paint added in the roof section. To make it "factory correct" is pretty straight forward as the original sound system is still installed- complete and operable (with reverb for that weird auditorium feel). The painted roof section has defined edges that allow a relative easy re-spray match to original. The custom roof panel is a close color match to body and often goes unnoticed but is really period cool. Stock height coil springs are an easy switch and readily available. The "Skylark" style wires are period correct (like the painted roof section) but original steel wheels and hubcaps come with the car if desired. Nothing has been altered to change the originality of the vehicle.
Yards of chrome were applied to the two-door coupe, which was a fashionable treatment in its day
I was 16 years old when the Riviera first appeared at the local Buick dealership in Redding, California.
The Buick Riviera debuted in October 1962 to tremendous acclaim, its uniquely beautiful “knife-edge” styling
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I bought my 1964 Buick Riviera in 2012. The owner told me the car was purchased new by his aunt and uncle in Glendale, California.
My grandfather was a prominent chiropractor in the Washington D.C. area. He was very successful. He had the best of everything. He loved his cars.