1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport  Chassis no. 494475H908859
Lot 314
1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport Chassis no. 494475H908859
Sold for US$ 34,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport
Coachwork by Fisher

Chassis no. 494475H908859
• 425ci Super Wildcat V8 engine
• 360 horsepower, dual four-barrel carburetors
• Automatic transmission
• Posi-traction

• Highly optioned example
• California black plates
• 2012 Texas 1000 finisher

Buick's 1963 Riviera was General Motors' impressive response to the popular four-passenger Ford Thunderbird. Created under the direct design leadership of GM Styling chief Bill Mitchell, the boldly understated Riviera featured a crisply sculptured roofline, low profile, and frameless side glass.

The Riviera was stunningly gorgeous, and initially shared the same 325-hp, 401ci V8 engine found in Buick's larger offerings. The model retained its distinctive styling, with appearance upgrades, through 1965.

1965 brought the introduction of a 'Gran Sport' option, advertised as "An iron fist in a velvet glove". Capable of a 125+ mph top speed, the Gran Sport endowed the Riviera with a potent 360-hp V8 with dual four-barrel carburetors, a posi-traction rear end, and larger diameter dual exhaust, among other upgrades. It is the ultimate expression of the original – and best-looking – Riviera design, and the only year for the "clamshell" headlight covers.

This 1965 Riviera Gran Sport has benefited from over $8,500 of maintenance over the last three years. That work has included the acquisition and installation of a new heater core and new battery (original look), repair of the AM/FM radio, clamshell headlights and power windows, as well as mechanical work including front and rear brake repairs, carburetor rebuilds and routine cooling system maintenance. A binder with comprehensive receipts for this work and the vehicle's ownership history since 1995 are included in the sale, as are an owner's manual and service manual.

This car is consequently well-sorted according to the vendor, and capable of very comfortable long distance, high speed touring: in fact, it successfully completed the Texas 1000 four-day rally a mere two months ago. We are told that it cruised comfortably at 90mph, with all systems functioning as Buick intended.
It has the 425ci/360hp Wildcat engine with factory dual four-barrel carburetors, factory aluminum valve covers, chrome air cleaner, quick-ratio steering box and 3.42 posi-traction rear axle.

The car is equipped with virtually every option available in 1965, including power steering and brakes, a tilt wood steering wheel and speed alert, as well as Option Groups One (tinted windows, power windows, vent windows, seats and trunk release), Two (air conditioning, rear speaker), Three (rear center arm rest), Four (remote driver's mirror) and Five (door guards and front seat belts).

The vendor believes this to be an original California car sporting its original California black plates. One of the most stylish muscle cars of the 1960s, this "Riv" deserves your serious consideration.

Sold on a California Certificate of Title.

Without reserve

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  • Please note that the engine number for this vehicle is 5H908859.
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