For Sale: 1956 Buick Special Riviera in QUARTZSITE, Arizona


Vehicle Description

1956 Buick Special Riviera with only 39906 original miles on it.
This car is completely original with exception of windshield wiper motor converted to electric.The upholstery is in very good condition also.
  It has factory A/C that works well and has the R134 upgrade. Not to be missed is the factory Kleenex dispenser with the Buick emblem on it. For many, the appeal of the sportiest Buick can be explained by its big car comfort and power.
The "CNC" paint code on the cowl tag is for the tri-tone combination that was popular on '50s Buick's, sandwiching code C Dover White between code N Tahitian Coral top and side coves for a truly dazzling effect.  There are a few minor signs of age, but nothing that gets in the way of the car's handsome good looks. Underneath, there's solid GM steel, since reproduction body panels for these cars are non-existent, and someone did their homework, because this big cruiser fits together pretty well. There is no sign of rust or Bondo and I checked it pretty good. And talk about chrome! That massive grille is a work of art.  It's in good shape t00. Of course, it also includes the three "venti-ports" signifying a Special, plus the famous Buick sweep-spear whose shape is still seen in the Buick's built today.

The handsome two-tone interior is pure 1950s cool. GM designers in the '50s were the best in the world, and this car shows you why. The black and White seats are wide and comfortable, of course, with flashy door panels to match and the headliner is Very nice. The three-spoke steering wheel is a nice contrast that lets the dashboard design which is padded and in perfect condition take center stage, and it embraces chrome just as much as the front-end of the car does. The gauges are working, don't know about the clock. They do give you a complete view of the engine and the original AM radio still lives in the center of the dash with that incredibly ornate speaker grille below it.

Buick's 322 cubic inch "Nailhead" V8 was standard across the line for the first time in 1956, and with a modest bump in horsepower, the Special was one of the fastest cars in the Buick lineup.the engine bay seems to be entirely original, although it has been well maintained over the years. That's Buick Turquoise engine paint and the stock air cleaner lives atop a correct 2-barrel carburetor. Still running its original generator, the car sticks to the factory specifications throughout and the radiator up front is HUGE, so it runs nice and cool. Buick's Dynaflow transmission was a bit more sophisticated by 1956, so it's still impossibly smooth out on the road where speed creeps up on you without anyone noticing. The suspension is commendably supple, and even with drum brakes all around, braking is confident. The floors are remarkably clean. Optional full wheel covers are a nice upgrade, and it rides on vintage Coker wide whites that look right. Most of the chrome is very nice and the rest is pretty good. This car has spent most of its life in the Southwest starting in Texas then Nevada and now Arizona.

This Special provides big power and a comfortable size, along with a great deal of style, all at a reasonable price.If you like chrome, there aren't many better choices than a big Buick.



Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Buick Special Riviera
  • Listing ID:CC-1462318
  • Price:$26,500
  • Location:QUARTZSITE, Arizona
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Buick
  • Model:Special Riviera
  • Exterior Color:White /Coral
  • Interior Color:Black / White
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:39906
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • Engine Condition:Running

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