First introduced in the early 60's to wage battle in what was a brand new automotive category - the personal luxury car - the Riviera met with fairly instant and enthusiastic reviews for its inspired styling and ample power. Benefitting from a bevy of improvements in the several years that followed, this 1967 Buick Riviera has both of those qualities in absolute spades. It's as nice an example of the nameplate as you'll find - a truly stylish, numbers-matching, big displacement powerhouse that even comes complete with the factory build sheet to back up its authenticity.
With its lengthy hood, folding headlights and sweeping rear windshield, this Buick is the epitome of late 60's cool. For these second-generation Rivieras, Buick deleted the window vents, as it had done with great response back in the '30s, leaving a broad expanse of uninterrupted glass over the doors. It's a substantial car, but with its relatively low, level stance it looks convincingly agile, and its impressive condition really underscores its roadworthiness. The Arctic White exterior, the same shade it rolled off the Flint, Michigan assembly line with, is looking good and the black vinyl top remains unfaded by the elements. The long expanse of chrome trim running down the center of the hood and the length of its sides are in fine form and the glass throughout is very clean. Sturdy as it was designed to be, the frame on which this Riviera sits remains unbowed by time, allowing the doors to show uniform gaps and to open and shut with ease.
The spacious interior, decked out in black vinyl, is every bit as comfortable as it looks. Both the buckets in front and the bench seat in back are in good shape, with no sagging and maintaining a deep hue. Centered between the buckets is a very stylish wood grained center console sporting a horseshoe shaped shifter. In front, the instrument cluster is a veritable museum piece, housing an assortment of gauges that sport a truly vintage look, including a rolling speedometer that displays its readings via a rotating cylinder that moves in lock step with increasing motoring speed. Sitting above the cluster, the dash pad - which almost always bears the brunt of sun damage - remains crack-free and level. Take a look above you and you'll notice that the black headliner appears to have been recently replaced.
Underneath that long hood resides a beast of an engine, a freshly rebuilt 430ci V8. It's the original powerplant this car started its tour of duty with and it's no mere bloated placeholder - putting out in excess of 360hp and a monstrous 475 ft./lbs of torque. Considering the less powerful, big-displacement engine it replaced was capable of propelling the Riviera to sub-8 second 0-60 times, it's pretty easy to see why the 1967 incarnation of this second-generation was met with such enthusiasm. It's paired with a ST-400 3 speed automatic transmission so well-regarded that it remained GM's "go-to" transmission for more than 15 years with virtually no modifications made during that time. With power steering and power brakes at your disposal, handling challenging driving conditions will come with ease. Underneath, everything is looking nice and straight, especially for a car that's already seen 50 years' worth of road. This category defining personal luxury car sits on a set of stock Buick rims wrapped with black wall radials.
Looking for a truly hard to find, genre-creating classic in fine form and boasting some serious power? You have to check out this 1967 Buick Riviera! Call today!