1963 Buick Riviera
Series 4700, Model 4747. 325 hp, 401 cu. in. V8 engine, Turbine Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle, four-wheel finned aluminium hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 117 inches
First introduced for the 1963 model year, the first generation Buick Riviera has long been considered a watershed moment in American automotive design. The work of GM’s legendary design chief Bill Mitchell and his chief deputy Ned Nickels, every inch of the Riviera screamed luxury and speed, as expected from a car which drew design influence from contemporary offerings from Rolls-Royce and Ferrari. Without a doubt, the Riviera was, and is, a very special automobile, one which defined domestic luxury performance for nearly a decade.
The Riviera was built with Buick’s most affluent customers in mind and it showed. It came standard with a host of creature comforts including power brakes, power steering, two-speed windshield wipers, Glareproof inside mirror, and an in-dash electric clock. Rich interior trim including deep pile carpet, extensive faux woodgrain accents, and optional leather seating surfaces with cloth inserts completed the presentation. The classic 401 cubic inch “Nailhead” V8 was the standard power plant, with an optional 340 horsepower 425 cubic inch V8 also available, as was a positive traction differential.
The 401 Nailhead-powered Riviera offered here is an ideal driver’s example, perfect for the enthusiast who wants to enjoy the experience of blasting down the road in luxury and comfort. The 21,893rd car built out of approximately 40,000 total for the year, it is fitted with the desirable optional factory air conditioning, AM/FM Wonderbar radio, cruise control, power windows, power trunk release. As shown on the car’s data plate, it is presented in its original color scheme of beautiful Silver Cloud paint, code DD, over a two-tone leather and cloth interior, code 788J2. It was also fitted with the highly desirable Soft-Ray tinted glass, code I6. Factory optional wire wheel covers with simulated knockoffs and narrow white wall tires complete the car’s classic look.
It runs and drives very well, odometer showing just over 45,000 miles. No rust ever, car spent most of its life in North Carolina, then to Rhode island, then to current CT owner. Maintained as needed, its sure to continue to give miles of smiles!
From the very beginning, first-year Rivieras have always been highly desirable to those in the know. A beautiful presentation inside and out which runs and drives even better than it looks, this example is sure to be a star at any cruise night and will make an ideal partner for any number of touring events or local shows.
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