1969 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.
What happens when you take one cool cat and make it even sexier.
Well, you still have one cool cat, but you can use the words very
very after the word one. A custom engine, deep end of the pool
black paint, and these headlights are truly Da Bomb...and they work
flawlessly. This angel is a centerfold! Read on my fellow
A luxury car combined with a sports car is the mantra for this 1969
Riviera. Dual headlights and the system that drives them have been
completely worked so they are really reliable and totally disappear
when off, unless you pop the hood. All dents and dings from years
of use were removed, sanded down to bare metal, then painstakingly
repainted in the black paint, and it is a fab job to say the least
with only minor dings appearing in the hood. All trimmings and
chrome was 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 BFG
raised white letter Radial T/A's. m Gaps are well minded
throughout, and it's a turn the key and enjoy kind of car. Tinted
glass and a fastback styling for this beautiful machine, and we've
only touched on the exterior.
Starting with a big swing of the large and incharge full access
doors whose panels are covered in horizontal black tuck and roll
ribbed insert panels framed by a cream molding and then surrounded
by smooth black vinyl for the sills and edges and some black
carpeting on the bottoms. Power toggles for the windows and a large
armrest will support both arms if you can do it! Slipping inside
simple styling has been retained from the factory setup with square
and rectangle design for the dash and gauge cluster. A small
machined aluminum panel now hosts the Vintage Air A/C aftermarket
system. An AM Sonomatic radio is within a thin band of wood
applique, and all this is fronted by an original steering wheel. A
thin black vinyl covered center console sweeps between the sleek
stitched ribbed buckets all in black vinyl. These have bowtie
smooth inserts with stitched emblems in their centers showing on
the backs of the chairs. In back a nice large bench stretches
across under the sloping rear glass. The bench has custom speakers
inserted into the rear interior deck and they resemble headrests.
Black carpeting for the floors and a black headliner is above.
Lifting the big hood and don't be shocked when you see the 4
headlights peering up at you. It's only a movie, well actually,
it's the mechanism for the headlights that allow the car to keep
its sleek exterior styling, and have you asking where the hell are
the headlights? But I digress. Within the fully restored confines
of this engine bay is the money shot. Here we see a 455ci V8 fully
rebuilt now with aluminum heads, polished aluminum intake and
ceramic headers. On top is the EFI, and inside is a mild cam, and
special lifters. The heads are now covered with black painted
chrome ribbed and Buick badged aluminum valve coverings. A yellow
455 call out reminds you of the cubes. On top is a custom
airbrushed yellow smoke motif air cleaner covering. On back is a
TH400 3-speed automatic with racing gearing, and on back a 10-bolt
posi rear. A/C is also polished and yellow wiring snakes its way to
the high output plugs. A custom aluminum radiator keeps everything
at running temp, but the power from this car remains HOT! Also
check out the R I V I E R A on the radiator top. As I said earlier
only Very Very Cool Consigner stated 600hp cat.
Underneath patina original parts mix with some new black painted
suspension and steering parts. Power drum brakes are now installed
and some stainless steel mufflers are on. All looking good under
'ere me droogs.
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 a silk idle, and driving that is a breeze with
power steering and power brakes. A/C, and power steering worked
just fine. The radio turned on, and the right rear power window
only works from its position. Overall it felt like a large sports
car as I raced around the track.
Put on some smooth jazz and put your foot top the floor, as you
glide through highways and byways to suburbia and the city all in
the 1969 Riviera from Buick style...hey that sounds like a
commercial, FF that TIVO!
87-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
H-Flint, MI Assy Plant
935753-Sequential Unit Number
ST 69 49487-1969 Riviera 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
BDY EUC208308-Flint Body #
TR 669-Black Vinyl
PNT 65 65-Trumpet Gold
03B-2nd Week March Build
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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
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