1964 Buick Riviera
Riviera is a hallowed name in Buick history, and while it was
originally applied to GM's first hardtop version of the 1949
Roadmaster-a sister car to the Cadillac Coupe de Ville and
Oldsmobile 98 Holiday-it came to prominence as its own model for
the 1963 model year. This new car represented General Motors'
design department at the top of its game; it was a clean-sheet
re-imagination of a premium Buick coupe created by stylist Ned
Nickles and his team of designers and modelers, under the careful
direction of vice president of design Bill Mitchell.
Our consigner bought this car in March 1966 after evaluating the
new 1966 model he deemed this car a better and more classic design.
It stuck because he's owned it ever since. Originally owned by the
CEO of Luken's Steel it was a chauffeur driven car. Upon its
purchase in '66, It became the family car until the early 1970's
then it was garaged, and had a stint as the daughter's college car
(what a way to arrive in style!) then garaged again. After
realizing this car is something special, our consigner took a
course on automobile exterior restoration and painting, and the
rest is history!
A luxury car combined with a sports car is the mantra for this 1964
Riviera. Dual headlights and those cathedral horizontal ribbed side
lights raked downward and rearward in each front corner, lets
everyone know it is a Riviera. All dents and dings from years of
use were removed, sanded down to bare metal, then painstakingly
repainted in the factory Claret Mist (metallic maroon if you will)
all by the owner and his newfound education. All trimmings and
chrome were stripped off prior to the respraying, and polished if
needed. All beautifully preserved from bumper to bumper it is
holding up fabulously. Buick rally style wheels are wrapped in thin
whites, and all trimmings remain excellent. Gaps are well minded,
and it's a turn the key and enjoy kind of car.
Showing in its original Fawn color way, the door panels make use of
vinyl, carpet, and wood applique, and noted is a double door
release on front and rear of the armrest to make egress easier for
the rear passengers through the two doors. Power window and antenna
toggles are seen on this door as well. Sliding inside we arrived in
mid century modern design heaven. With leopard like design in Fawn
within a white background and in broadcloth, some buttons and large
tufts, the inserts are nearly perfect. A Fawn (like light gold)
piping and vinyl bolsters surround the inserts. Seats show as
buckets up front, and a bench in bucket format in the rear (central
speaker, flat area in center). An angled dash makes use of brushed
aluminum, wood grain applique, and chrome bezels to emulate the mid
century modern motif on the dash. Diving downward on a rear facing
angle, the center console is born out of the dash, and contains the
radio, and airflow controls, and a storage compartment. Further
down on the flat is the center mounted automatic shift lever
looking much like its inspiration, of the Seattle Space Needle.
Some padded Fawn vinyl tops the dash, and the bottom and the sides
of the lighted center console. Light gold carpet in pristine
condition covers the floors and a slightly lighter tight headliner
is above all this 1960's menagerie.
Under the hood is the numbers matching original slightly restored
and detailed 465ci Wildcat V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor on top.
All the mechanicals are wonderfully clean and well preserved, and
the use of an aqua color for the block and intake cast parts of
this engine are nicely showing. Belts are like new, and on back is
an automatic transmission.
Up on the Classic Auto Mall lift, this car shows well underneath
with slight surface rust, and structurally sound undercarriage and
frame. Coil springs and coil overs for the rear along with drum
brakes are seen, and upfront, more drum brakes and coil springs.
The X frame shows slight surface rust but nothing out of the
A great experience and I felt like a million bucks behind this
wheel. You are in a rolling piece of modern art with quick
starting, smooth as silk idle, and driving that is a breeze with
power steering and power brakes. Cruise control worked, as did A/C,
and power steering. The radio turned on but was a bit hummmmmmm.
Overall, it felt like a large sports car.
A two owner example, the first owner did not drive the car, his
Chauffeur did, and our second owner took it as his family car, then
daughter's fill in transportation, then garaged, then educated
himself to restore it. It looks like a labor of love, and a million
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.