Friday, January 8, 2016

Tesla This: 1967 Buick Riviera Electric Project

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that driving an electric vehicle is a good thing. They put out less emissions, and you don't pay as much for gas...and in the future we'll all be riding around in Google-Mart-Book autonomous pods, so really it is only a matter of time.  However, the current crop of electric vehicles is really bad.  Leafs and Sparks are hideous, and I'm not nearly rich or pompous enough to drive a Tesla (aka the new Pius*) so frankly the only logical thing to drive is a classic converted to run on electrons.  Like this 1967 Buick Riviera Electric Project here on eBay offered for $6,900 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Elburn, IL.

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 -- which makes it much easier to convert to electric drive.  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)

What we're looking at here is a series wound 6 pole motor connected to a shunt wound 6 pole motor, which according to the seller are "inline tandem coupled with both motors in electrical series for 36 to 72 volt operation."  We'll it better be that that way, because otherwise you'll short out the hyperspace drive and cause a massive rift in the space time continuum causing all life on earth to cease to exist for exactly 17 seconds before someone in the green room can hit the reboot button.  Then we'll all be back at square one.

See another electric Riviera (hey, that'd make a great band name...)?

*It used to be the Prius, but now it is a Tesla that gets you a pass for being a cut-throat hedge-fund manager who throws pennies at homeless people for sport. 


  1. Could this be called an "Electra"?

  2. I can't agree that the current crop of EVs is 'really bad'. The Fiat 500e is a lot of fun. The Spark EV is an awful car with a great powertrain. The Tesla Model S is quite impressive for a first mass-market effort.

    This thing...I suppose it must have seemed like a good idea to someone, somewhere, at some point. I'm guessing it had about 36 holes of range on its golf-cart batteries.

  3. See the way it's looking up at you saying,'See what they did to me?'

    1. Just the headlight actuators take two miles off the range.

    2. Ha, ha, like those dog shaming pics.

  4. this car has been for sale for years

  5. I'd rather something from Gattaca. Perhaps the Citroen DS Chapron... speaking of for the celebrity twister...


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