While the Riviera name was applied as a trim model to Buicks back
in the 40s and 50s it wasn't until 1963 that the first Riviera
model was born. It wasn't without some work though. The knife edged
design was originally being pitched to Cadillac but once they
turned it down Buick had their chance to add it to their line. It
was released to compete in the luxury market and was met with a lot
of praise. These cars had very unique body lines which with slight
customizations are really taken to the next level. This 63 Riviera
is a really nice custom that was well built. It took 2 1/2 years to
complete and was finished in 2012. It's beautiful lines are
accented by a bright Blue and Silver two tone GM paint separated by
a single Orange pinstripe. The door handles have been shaved and
the rockers customized for a frenched side exhaust which gives it a
very cool side profile. Up front a billet grill was added and the
headlights relocated to give it the hidden headlight look you see
in Rivieras a few years later. In back the original taillights were
replaced with thin LED bars for a slick look. The Boyd Coddington
wheels suit the car perfectly and are wrapped with Hancook Evo2 low
Under the hood is a 425 Buick Nailhead motor and the engine
compartment is one of the cleanest parts of this classic. The
entire firewall and inner fenders have the same two tone paint job
as the exterior giving it a clean cohesive look. It has a lot of
chrome and Blue painted accents along with a custom radiator cover
so it is definitely something you will want to show off. It has a
factory 2 four set up but the rear 650 cfm carb was replaced. The
Turbo 400 automatic transmission behind it shifts well with no
problems and transfers power back to the stock rear end. It has
power brakes with disc up front and drums in rear. All of the
electrical on the car was done with a Kwik Wire system to eliminate
any electrical concerns.
The ultra leather interior of the car is very nicely finished out
using a combination of both stock and custom components. For
instance, it utilizes its original center console but all of the
faces were modified with carbon fiber to give it a unique look. A
lot of the original dash trim was used as well but the dash itself
and the sides of the console were repainted in Bright Blue to match
the body. On the center of the dash is mounted the Vintage AC/Heat
controls and a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/Aux stereo. It has the original
gauge set up but aftermarket Omega Kustom Instrument gauges were
added in the stock gauges place. They are white faced and it has an
all in one gauge for the Fuel, Volt, Temp, and Oil Pressure gauges.
The upholstery itself is done in Gray and is in good shape.
Add this cool custom to your collection for $48,500.00!
1963 Buick Riviera
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