Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Survivor With Style: 1969 Buick Riviera GS

The Buick Riviera was a plus sized personal luxury coupe built on the E-body platform shared with the Cadillac Eldorado and Oldsmobile Toronado.  But, unlike its front-drive cousins, the Riviera used a conventional front-engine rear-drive setup and weight transfer was a friend.  The 2nd generation (1966-1970) still featured the cool hidden flip-out headlights, and Buick's signature sweepspear styling (a curved line of trim that runs the length of the car).  Find this 1969 Buick Riviera GS here on eBay bidding for $7,025 with 1 day to go, located in Phoenix, AZ.

The Riviera is a huge car with a total length of almost 18 feet, which is about 2 feet longer than a new Buick Regal, which isn't a compact by any measurement.  The gangrene colored paint and black vinyl toupee just adds to the street presence of this dinosaur. 

Powering the beast is a 430 cubic inch Buick Wildcat V8 that was rated at 360 horsepower and 475 ft-lbs of torque.  Of course you aren't going to be expect to do the dirty work of selecting gear ratios and the tire-melting torque is always at your command with its 3-speed automatic transmission.

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  1. This would have been owned in '69 by a slightly self identified 'hip" dentist. Early thirties, upwardly mobile, wants to differentiate himself from the riff raff then percolationg through youthful society, Robert Goulet would be playing on his Craig eight track while the filthy youth listening to Santana and Jimi Hendrix came to him to have their organic substance stained teeth cleaned. He moved onto an Aztek and today drives an Enclave. Stills listens to Robert Goulet on his XmSirius radio. Plus ca change.....

    1. [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v426/mojovonious/goulet.jpg[/img]

  2. Is that a new 5 minute or less Kaibreezy logo?

    About the Riviera...
    Just install a trailer hitch/trans cooler and forget about those $45K+ pick-em-up trucks.
    Now that would make one heck of a multi-functional vehicle.

    1. thanks, Rene! - that one might have been 10 minutes - couple of vectors, gradients, etc.

  3. I would like to buy this and take my lady out to the new hip Fondue restaurant.
    Just picked up the new Neil Diamond to play while we drive Ventura Blvd.

  4. This episode of 'Someone just stole my dream car' brought to you by E-Bay! That's a walk-off home run for $7k ! Oh, if only...

  5. I have the same lament as Mr. Anonymous...


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