For Sale: 1963 Buick Riviera in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

The 1963 Buick Riviera was a ground-breaking car. It was one of the first of GM's "personal" cars designed for executives with a thirst for performance, and it broke with tradition by eliminating fender skirts, tailfins, and eschewing chrome. The result is one of the most timeless and highly acclaimed cars of the '60s, and what many consider to be the 'first muscle car'. Regardless of its standing in automotive history, the '63 Riv is a very special car today, and this gorgeous Marlin Blue example is one of the nicer examples we've ever had the fortune to feature. With a slick paint job, comfortable bucket seat interior, factory A/C, and a numbers matching 401 V8 Nailhead under the hood, this Riv is dialed-in classic that will not last long, so read fast...

Finished in its original code F Marlin Blue paint, this handsome Riviera shows you why these cars are quickly growing in popularity among collectors. By the looks of things, this beauty has never been wrecked or badly abused in its lifetime, and it's still wearing its OEM sheetmetal throughout, showing off that crisply folded shape of the Riviera that still looks fantastic 50 years later. The car was repainted to a top driver-quality standard, probably even better than that when it was first finished, and it shows incredibly well today with a deep luster, bright shine, and smooth uniformity front to back. Sure, there are a couple signs of use, although nothing beyond a couple of nicks and minor imperfections and most of which could be easily remedied with a quality buff-and-polish. There are signs of quality workmanship here, too, with great panel gaps and flat panels that are as dramatic today as they were back in the early '60s. The color has a lovely soft glow that looks entirely appropriate on a car born in 1963, and it's a perfect complement to the dramatic styling of this iconic car - with its unique European-style front grille, the sculpted 'gills' at the front of the quarters, and the sharpy angled rear end punctuated with those wonderfully ornate taillights. There isn't a lot of chrome on a Riviera, but the front and rear bumpers look great, the brightwork around the glass and wheel wells blings up nicely, and the distinctive pods at the front edges of the fenders (which were supposed to carry the headlights from day one) are in good original condition, too. Even today, the car whispers to you about performance and luxury without being obvious about it. Nice!

The gentleman's express theme continues inside, where comfortable blue vinyl buckets straddle one of the most beautiful center consoles ever devised. In fact, even the gauges seem to have been inspired by fine watches of the era, with delicate stainless and aluminum trim and slender needles on the instruments. Eyeball vents for the A/C, the slender chrome shifter handle, and the two-tone steering wheel add to the upscale opulence that was also cutting-edge fashion in 1963. If you ever want to feel like Don Draper, get behind the wheel of one of these beauties and watch your confidence start to grow. The upholstery is in great original condition (the seats are either wonderfully preserved originals or old NOS restorations that have held up very well), showing only a tiny bit of wear that's entirely in line with its age and somehow, it's even more appealing with a few of those minor 'comfort' marks. Even the unique split rear bench looks inviting for a quick cruise, and the matching door panels envelope the passengers in a sea of that inviting blue and bright chrome accents. Options include factory A/C (needs service), courtesy lights, and an original Sonomatic Delco All-Transistor AM radio tucked in right under the aircraft-inspired HVAC controls. This is unquestionably one of the most handsome interiors of the era, from the headliner above to the plush carpets below, and you can't argue with that great color combination. Even the trunk is nicely finished with clean spatter-paint, a reproduction mat, and a full-sized spare.

Power comes from Buick's legendary 401 cubic inch "Nailhead" V8, famous for its effortless torque production. With a lifetime of clean living in a warm climate and a recent detail, the engine bay is nicely presented and everything functions properly, although it's not detailed for show, which is perfectly fine for us when you're talking about a numbers-matching unit. The original 'Wildcat 445' decals have been removed from the bright red air cleaner, but nevertheless they would denote the torque output of the engine, and it's no joke because this sucker steps off with authority! Power steering and power brakes were standard equipment in the Riviera, and the shortened chassis gave it lively handling and the fantastic road manners of a full-sized luxury car. A twin-turbine automatic transmission (think: DynaFlow) shifts imperceptibly, and the chassis is as tidy and solid as the engine bay. A recent dual exhaust system gives it just the right tone of voice, and upgraded 275/35/15 Hankook whitewall radials on the original steel wheels with bright Buick Motor Division wheel covers are just as the factory intended.

Take note, Buick collectors, the early Rivieras have almost doubled in value over the past 10 years, and the trend continues. This car offers a brilliant color combination, great originality, and ready-to-enjoy functionality. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1963 Buick Riviera
  • Listing ID: CC-1564255
  • Price: $30,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1963
  • Make:Buick
  • Model:Riviera
  • Exterior Color:Marlin Blue
  • Interior Color:Blue
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:76144
  • Stock Number:5300-DFW
  • VIN:7J1086729

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