1963 Buick Riviera Sport Coupe
Chassis no. 7J1032117
401ci OHV V8 engine
Single Carter AFG carburetor
325bhp at 4,400rpm
2-speed Turbine Drive automatic transmission
Independent front and rear swing arm suspension with rigid rear axle
4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
*A nicely preserved survivor
*4-owners from new
*74,800 original miles
*A desirable American GT
The Buick Rivieria
Buick's 1963 Riviera was General Motors' impressive response to the popular four-passenger Ford Thunderbird. The boldly understated coupe featured a crisply sculptured roofline, low profile, and frameless side glass. At 117 inches, its wheelbase was a full nine inches shorter than that of Buick's flagship Electra. In addition to using a specially adapted version of the bigger Buick's "X" frame design, the Riviera was also powered by the same 401 cubic inch Buick V-8 engine found in the larger cars.
While successfully taking on Thunderbird, the Riviera also brightened Buick's prestige image. Seeking to ensure exclusivity, then Buick general manager Edward D. Rollert limited first-year Rivera production to exactly 40,000 units.
The Motorcar Offered
This lovingly preserved Riv was bought new by Ms. Alice Walker on December 22nd, 1962. Kept in top shape and driven fewer than 2,000 miles a year, it wasn't until June 22nd, 2000 that the car went to its next owner, a collector in Warsaw, Kentucky, with 70,024 miles on the odometer. Another careful keeper, the car accumulated fewer than 3,500 miles selling it on March 20, 2007 with 73,466 miles to its third owner, a gentleman from Cullman, Alabama. Bought for his wife, who had owned a similar car new, 40 years hence she now found it to be a bit too big for her. It was carefully stored in her husband's hanger before it was acquired by the consignor earlier this year.
Still showing well today and totally unrestored, it has only been driven 74,800 miles in the last half a century. The factory Arctic White finish, which was repainted some time ago, is complimented by an uplevel "Custom" Saddle interior with leather seat trim and genuine wood accents.
The Riviera is equipped with factory air conditioning, power steering, windows, seats, and truck release, and an AM/FM radioa new option in 1963. Underhood, the engine compartment showcases the powerful Buick Wildcat V8 which is mated to an optional automatic transmission.
The car's factory owner's manual and the special plaque engraved with the Ms. Walker's namea touch included in every 1963 Rivieraare included.
This is a spectacular fully equipped first-year Riviera, a nice survivor that may be enjoyed as is. Combining a rare and attractive color combination with originality that is unlikely to be surpassed, here is a Riviera that will always stand out.