1967 Buick Riviera
The Buick Riviera is a personal luxury car produced by Buick from 1963 to 1999. GM’s first entry into that prestige niche, the Riviera was highly praised by automotive journalists upon its high-profile debut. While early models stayed close to the original form, eight subsequent generations varied substantially over the Riviera’s thirty-year lifespan.
The most significant change for 1967 was Buick’s replacement of its venerable 425 “Nailhead” with an entirely new 430 cu in (7.0 L) V8. Its 360 horsepower and 475 lb⋅ft of torque were a significant performance improvement. Gasoline mileage improved slightly, but remained low. Powerful disc brakes with Bendix four-piston calipers became optional for the front wheels but most Riviera continued to be ordered with Buick’s highly capable ribbed aluminum brake drums, as this car has. Cosmetically, changes were few, and were limited to the addition of a wide, full-width, center-mounted horizontal chrome grille bar that stretched over the headlight doors and outboard parking lights. Sales eased to 42,799 for the 1967 model year. The Riviera had full instrumentation.
The Buick Riviera offered here is certainly a pride of ownership. Previous owner and restorer owned it for 45 years and sold it about two years ago to current owner. Prior history to 1974 is unknown. This car received a body-off frame restoration many years ago and has been enjoyed and cared for since. Its beautiful Riviera Plum paint and interior color is simply delicious. Endless amount of time and energy has gone into this car and it shows. It has 83,101 miles on the car and engine, no records anywhere would indicate a rebuilt engine. It starts, runs, drives, steers, charges, stops and cools very well so no concerns there.
Here are a few items we have found while testing the car:
- Power antenna goes up easily, slips going down.
- Original Radio does not work
- The heating system does not blow warm air, we suspect the hot water valve is not opening, the vacuum line going to it does not have vacuum.
- The A/C compressor kicks on properly when called for, but I am unable to tell if its truly blowing cold.
- The transmission is seeping fluid.
- All lights and hideaway headlights working properly.
- Windshield wipers work, washers do not.
- Tires are older, new owner should plan on purchasing new tires
- Currently RI safety inspected until July 2019
- Transmission indicator not working
- There is a molding on the dashboard missing.
- Heater and A/C dashboard controls seem to be operating correctly.
- All gauges appear to be working.
- Sometimes the drivers interior door handle to exit the car doesn’t work. Will need an adjustment. When this happens I use the rear passenger exit handle.
- Power windows: Drivers quarter does not work. Drivers work good. Passenger works from drivers control down, not up. Passenger control controls both up and down. Passenger quarter works from drivers door. With all the windows, you can see all the motors “faintly clicking”, so it would appear all controls are working properly.
- All interior lights working
- Drivers seat vinyl is starting to split (see pictures)