For Sale: 1963 Buick Riviera in Bettendorf, Iowa

Vehicle Description

1963 Buick Riviera two door hard top, AC, Power steering. Over $21,000 Spent on upgrades within the last two years on this restored Riv. The highlights of the upgrades are: Performance steering box with performance steering gear and performance power steering fluid. Bilstein shocks on all four corners with lowering springs and shocks. Four-wheel Power Disc brake conversion kit, Drilled and slotted disc brakes on all four corners, new power booster and master cylinder kit. All steel brake lines and rear brake hoses replaced as well as installed custom emergency brake cable. Bluetooth radio, speakers and amp with 10 inch sub-woofer, upgrade to dual 5.25 front speakers, amp and Memphis Audio 6 x 9 speakers in the rear. To finish the dash enhancements a beautiful period looking set of Dakota Digital Gauges were installed and a new three spoke deep lacquered steering wheel. 800 CM Edelbrock carburetor, new wires and plugs, modified intake to eliminate exhaust crossover. New 4L60E transmission, transmission adapter kit, TPS adapter kit for carburetor, mini starter, crank adapter for '63 Riviera, transmission control, new shifter with shift cable and new transmission cooler lines. Track bar urethane bushing kit and total driveshaft rebuild, new center support, three joints, slip yoke, shorten, and balance sway-bar. LED headlight conversion, new aluminum radiator and exhaust from the manifolds back finish out the recent upgrades. This beautiful example 1963 model is unique from the later model Riviera's with the Buick Tri-Shield button featuring a black background used on the wheel covers and tail light lenses. In 1964 a stylized 'R' emblem would replace these areas instead. 1963 was also the only year that the heater/defroster and optional air conditioning controls would be suspended under the center of the instrument panel pad. The design created a somewhat confusing array of push and pull control levers to direct air flow where desired, a simpler design appeared for 1964/5. Buick pioneered another industry first with the Riviera in 1963 - flush glass! This was a unique new design in which the windscreen and rear window were sealed directly to the body allowing the glass to fit flush and thereby eliminating the bulky metal and rubber framework required on other automobiles! The car has no signs of accidents and is rust free. Looks extremely impressive with a very nice re-paint in correct C code 'Arctic white' with contrasting 'Black' vinyl interior, which is also in beautiful condition, with all newer carpet, seats, headliner, floor mats and new deluxe wood trim freshly replaced. All chrome work in very good condition inside as well. Under previous ownership every major mechanical component has reportedly either been replaced or rebuilt. Much of the exterior chrome and stainless has also been replaced, re chromed and or polished. New AC Compressor installed along with belts and assorted hoses. Equipped with power steering and power windows - POWER WING WINDOWS RESTORED & WORK SMOOTH! A rare opportunity to own a great daily driving and obviously never abused example of a 1963 Buick Riviera - one of the outstanding GM designs of the sixties, reflecting the styling supreme of Bill Mitchell with a masterful blend of curves and razor-edges. Dubbed the anti-Thunderbird and respected by an army of industrial designers as an architectural landmark of the U.S industry and which has high repute amongst collectors for both it's beautiful lines and smooth fast performance for a luxury coupe. "One of the most beautiful cars America ever built" as stated by none other than Sergio Pininfarina of Ferrari design fame on it's debut at the Paris auto show in 1963. This landmark design would continue for only two years until 1964 before a hidden headlight change in 1965, making these two particular years of 1963 and '64 the most collectible and desirable and with the original early '63 models holding the lead in collector preference amongst most enthusiasts, but with all these 63-65 model cars boasting 'Milestone Car' status. Performance was an important consideration in the personal luxury car market in the early sixties and the Riviera's power source was the 401 cubic inch 'Wildcat 445' V8 engine with 325 horsepower at 4400 rpm. It developed 445 lbs of torque at 2800 rpm, hence the '455' Wildcat script on the air cleaner. This 1963 engine compartment is nicely detailed and tidy, also features the correct oversized air cleaner painted in factory correct 'Wrinkle Red'. The trunk is lined in black carpet and includes a spare on a matching wheel. The underside is very clean and shows nicely with no signs of rust or ware. 38,000 miles on resto.

Vehicle Details

  • 1963 Buick Riviera
  • Listing ID: CC-1610250
  • Price: $45,500
  • Location:Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Year:1963
  • Make:Buick
  • Model:Riviera
  • Exterior Color:White
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:63469311
  • VIN:7J1021653
Listed By:
Veit's Vettes And Collector Cars
1838 State St.
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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