This 1963 Riviera has been with the same California family since 1968 and was driven by the sellers mother-in-law up until 2003. Since then it has been used sparingly and maintained as needed. This survivor looks like a great way to get into the first year of this striking design.
We have always loved these hardtops and their fresh design. They may not be as iconic as their contemporaries, but looking back, the design of this Riviera seems to have aged better than most. With the resurgence of retro muscle cars like the Camaro and Challenger, we'd love to see Buick revive the Riviera with the 1963 model as the guiding light.
Though this one has the smaller 401 Nailhead V8, it was still one of Buick's sportiest engines at the time putting out 325 horsepower on leaded fuel. The 1963 model would have the two-speed "Dual Path Turbine" transmission which is generally not the first choice of buyers since later models received a 3 speed transmission.
Later models also received the hidden headlights that made the concept cars so stunning but we actually prefer the "traditional" setup on the 63. With extremely detailed chrome bumpers and very interesting turn signal lights, there’s more than enough to like without the hidden headlights.
Inside things look very clean with the original leather seats in the back and replacement vinyl upfront that looks like a reasonably close match. The ample interior lighting is shown to still be operational which we normally take to be a subtle good sign.
New whitewall tires look good over the stock hub-capped wheels if perhaps a bit low on air. Additional maintenance includes new fuel lines, exhaust, and "brake system."
No bids yet with an $8,500 starting bid and no reserve. The low end of the market seems to be about twice that so we don't think this one will be finding its way to Moto Roster HQ, but it the reserve isn't too much over 10k, someone could snag a great cruiser.
Find this Riviera on eBay in Auburn, CA.
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