Buick Riviera (1963-1965)
Buick’s sexiest car had to be the two-door hardtop Riviera, we're talking about the 1963-1965 versions. They were sharp looking from every angle and still look stunning today. Inspiration for the Rieviera's style came from GM chief Bill Mitchell one foggy night in London.
Mitchell’s inspiration still has us drooling at his masterpiece where he combined the formality of a razor-edge Rolls-Royce with the aggressive stance of a Ferrari.
Adding in some American style to the mix and his Rieviera stands as one of the greatest styling triumphs of the 1960's.
Mitchell designed the Riviera with expansive egg-crate grille, pontoon fenders, neatly creased formal rear quarters. Inside they added a sumptuous interior with bucket seats and the styling won the admiration of public during that classic era.
It held the spotlight on it as the car to have in the personal-luxury segment.
It came fitted with the big 425 cubic inche V8 that delivered a massive 340hp and 465 lb-ft of load lugging torque. This meant the big coupe was good for 0-60mph in about eight seconds, enough to keep it ahead of anything else in its class. The three-speed “Super Turbine 400” automatic transmission, introduced in ’64, was a marked improvement over the old Dynaflow-based Turbine Drive.
Driving the big machine is a joy especially since traffic tends to part way in the presence of greatness. They always receive their share of friendly waves as the pass on by and strangers invariably lament, “I had one of those; shoulda kept it.” It's one of those. 🙂