1964 Buick Riviera Coupe
Chassis no. 7K1124379
425ci OHV V8 engine
Single Carter AFB four-barrel carburetor
360bhp at 4,400rpm
Three-speed Super Turbine automatic
Double wishbone front and live axle rear
suspension with four-wheel coil springs
Four-wheel hydraulic power-assisted drum
-Bill Mitchell's favorite design
-Low-mileage original condition
Under the direction of Bill Mitchell, stylist Ned Nickles created a Concept Car called XP-715 that applied Rolls-Royce "knife edge" design cues to a smaller, less expensive Cadillac line that could be sold under the revived LaSalle name. When Cadillac management wasn't interested, Buick grabbed the idea, named it Riviera, and went into production in 1963. The new Riviera was built on a shortened, narrowed Buick frame, plus used the robust "nail head" Buick V-8 and massive Al-Fin drum brakes. Quick-ratio power-steering, light weight and surprisingly sophisticated suspension make the Riviera not only beautiful, but one of the best-handling American cars ever. The interior is very European, with bucket seats split by a center console, front and rear. Only minor changes were made for 1964 and '65. A total of 112,244 were sold in three years, at prices that ranged from $4333 to over $5000. The Riviera is considered a styling landmark today, and is a Certified Milestone with the Milestone Car Society.
The Motorcar Offered
This particular 1964 Riviera, Granada Red with Black vinyl interior, boasts the 340 hp, 425 cubic inch Wildcat V-8 and 3-speed Hydra-Matic with console shift. It is largely-original except for one repaint, shows no rust and needs nothing much except a good scrubbing. The provenance is unquestioned, with paperwork from the original buyer till today. Where else can you find a genuine Milestone for such a pittance?
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