There were less than 1,700 1983 Buick Riviera convertibles built
with the desirable V8 engine, which means the ones that survive in
this kind of original condition today are quite rare. So, the value
price on this low-production numbers-matching droptop is just the
cherry on top.
This Riviera convertible is a rare piece of expensive history. The American carmakers were not willing to get directly in the softtop game in the early 1980s. Plus, few people were willing to pay nearly double the Riviera coupe's price that it took to pluck a car off the assembly line and let the professionals at ASC do their custom softtop magic. But the few who did this ended up with a convertible that was like owning a fully custom car backed by a factory warranty. That's why this special Buick has been cared for so well, and the sheetmetal has stayed so straight. You can see this in the trim running down the sides, and bumpers that retain their bi-level design. All the emblems are present, lenses are beautifully clear, and it even still has the original wire wheel covers with special center insignia. Overall, this custom convertible presents very nicely, with paintwork that looks original enough that people will believe you have a rare survivor.
The burgundy leather interior is a great complementing standout color to the bright white exterior. It appears to be original, and it still matches nicely on the seats, carpets, and dash. The burled walnut veneer is some of the most handsome trim for any car in the 80s, and as expected with such an expensive convertible, it came loaded. This one has power seats, power windows, tilt wheel, cruise control, the original AM/FM/cassette stereo, provisions for air conditioning, and a power convertible top. In other words, it has everything you want for a cool comfortable droptop cruiser.
Under the hood is the optional 307 cubic inch V8. It looks so honest that we believe the mileage is correct, and we suspect the powerplant is original to this car. The V8 motor was a valuable piece to give the Riviera the right kind of torque to move it around with authority. The attitude on this one was to be the comfortable cruiser that took the place of the Cadillac convertible that ceased production a few years prior. That's why it came with luxury driving features like the grand touring suspension, and four-speed overdrive automatic transmission. This is the kind of classic that you're not intimidated to take on the long trips, thanks to power steering and four-wheel disc brakes.
This rare Riviera convertible has been well maintained, and it even comes with the receipts as proof. It will be hard to find a better deal on a low-volume vintage convertible out there. Call now!!
Yards of chrome were applied to the two-door coupe, which was a fashionable treatment in its day
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My grandfather was a prominent chiropractor in the Washington D.C. area. He was very successful. He had the best of everything. He loved his cars.
“It’s just an iconic piece of American automobile design.”
Pick of the Day driven less than 80,000 miles since new