The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Buick Riviera. We make the process of selling your Buick Riviera quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Riviera is a luxury car built by the American car company Buick, between the years of 1963 to 1999. It was introduced to much media fanfare and impressed reviewers who enjoyed both the driving experience and the sleek and luxurious styling. The name “Riviera” came from the Latin word for coastline. It was supposed to evoke the luxury and elegance of the French Riviera. It had a very long model run, selling a total of 1,127,261 cars, making it one of the most popular Buicks ever produced.
The Riviera name was initially used to describe the brand’s luxury trim package. From 1951-53, it was used for special edition 4-door Buick Roadmaster and Super sedans. In 1955 Buick offered the Riviera package on Century and Special models, and 4-door Riviera hardtops were added to the Roadmaster and Super lines. In 1959, the name only applied to a special edition Electra 225. Since it was a trim package, the Riviera name usually did not appear on the car. This would wait until it became a full-fledged model in 1963.
First generation Riviera cars, starting in 1963, had its own unique body shell, with a curvy “coke bottle” styling. It premiered with a 325 hp (242 kW) 401 cu in (6.6 L) “Nailhead” V-8 engine. To make the car more rare, it made only 40,000 units, in a year where the total sales were 440,000 cars. A further rare edition were copies that came with a powerful 340 hp (254 kW) 425 cu in (7.0 L) engine. It had a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) speed of 8 seconds and the standing quarter mile was 16 seconds, and it had a top speed of 115 miles per hour (185 km/h).
The Riviera was reinvented for the 1966 model year. These second generation cars retained their cruciform frame, powertrain, and brakes, but had an updated curvaceous body with that “sweep spear” inspired beltline. 1967 saw the adoption of Buick’s all new and greatly improved V8 with 430 cu in (7.0 L) displacement, 360 horsepower (270 kW) and 475 lb·ft (644 N·m) of torque to replace the old 425 “nailhead”. The new engine had more power and torque.
Third generation (1971–1973) Rivieras came with a 455 cubic inch motor and had distinctive boat tail design that set them apart from all other model years. The boattail was eliminated in the 4th generation cars, from 1974-1976, but sales also lagged, as the new bodystyle lacked originality and style.