The 1964 Buick Riviera is one of those perfect classics. It has the cool-cruising attitude that comes from a premium nameplate, a truly interesting design, the best color combo, and this even still has its original big 425 V8 under the hood. And so we know when you look at the obtainable price, you're going to fall in love, too.
No tailfins and minimal chrome gave the it a European flair that made the Riviera look like it was ready for the Rivera. Finished in correct code H Wedgewood Blue, this one captures the sophisticated and subdued elegance of the design, and allowed the many wonderful details to do the talking instead. With a professional repaint, the deep luster highlights everything from extended fenders to the Coke bottle sides. Fit and finish are good, showing careful workmanship when the time came to bolt it back together. Brightwork was applied more sparingly than its 1960s contemporaries, so it was used as an accent piece in places like the delicate wrap-around bumpers, cool bombsight hood ornament, decorative intakes on the quarter panels, and factory wire wheels. It all looks correct and exactly how you want a well preserved classic to be presented.
The Riviera was all about providing individual luxury, and this coupe does a great job of showcasing that today. The blue interior coordinates quite nicely with the lighter exterior, and the button-top pattern on the seats and side panels are a classy design that are presented just as nicely today as in 1964. Everyone gets an individual bucket seat. Yes, there's a center console not only for the front, but even the rear passengers get a stylized separation. You even have the option for added comfort with provisions for factory air conditioning. Just like the exterior, the brightwork is used for accenting instead of overwhelming, so the instrument panel is a fantastic display of elegant restraint. You get the original two-spoke steering wheel that gives you a commanding view of brushed stainless round gauge package. And just to your right, the gearshift feels like a little piece of art that reminds you that the Buick was built to be driven.
With a car this special so far, it's great to see the original, numbers-matching V8 under the hood. Buick knew that effortless performance was the key to the Riviera's success, so they made sure that there was plenty of torque on tap to move all that sheetmetal with ease. With 425 cubic inches and an advertised 465 pounds of torque (that's the '465' in Wildcat 465,) it gave this personal luxury car the ability to humble some pretty serious machinery out on the streets. The engine bay is clean and shows signs of life-long maintenance, so it's great for both showing and driving. It's linked to Buick's unique Superturbine 400 three-speed automatic, and we have a receipt that it was rebuilt in 1997 to keep everything shifting smoothly – even though this coupe has only averaged an ultra-low 1,150 miles annually anyway. Add in power steering and the Riviera's legendary supple ride, and you can easily see yourself adding plenty more miles to this vintage luxury cruiser.
Complete with the original warranty card, owner's manual, and maintenance records, this is a nicely presented Buick at an unbeatable price. It's you're perfect all-around classic personal coupe, and it's going fast. Call now!!