1963 Buick Riviera - SOLD
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Hailing from out west, this super straight Riv wears the paint extremely well, with ripple-free bodywork, good gaps, and crisp character lines that make the most of Bill Mitchell's greatest effort.

Attractive older repaint with fantastic original interior. 401 Nailhead V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors from a later Riv. Very solid western car. Recently serviced, runs great, very strong. Isn’t it time you owned a classic Riviera?

The cowl tag says this one was originally code T Fawn Mist, so that's what it's wearing today. Hailing from out west, this super straight Riv wears the paint extremely well, with ripple-free bodywork, good gaps, and crisp character lines that make the most of Bill Mitchell's greatest effort. Finish quality is very good and as far as we can tell, that's all original sheetmetal on the car. The doors open and close easily without a big slam and body lines are good all around. The cool creases on the roof are almost sharp enough to give you a paper cut and if you sight down the sides of the car, you'll find that someone invested a lot of time in blocking the bodywork before a drop of paint was sprayed. The chrome is probably original, and in good condition, but there are a few light signs of age such as some fading on the hood ornament and some discoloration on the rear bumper from the exhaust, but overall it presents quite well.

The code 737 Sandalwood cloth and vinyl interior is simply spectacular. It’s original, so it’s not perfect, but for being 60 years old it’s rather extraordinary. The dashboard is a beautiful combination of black camera-case textured surfaces and brushed metal, a very period look that seems upscale and elegant to us today. The two big, round dials for the driver include a speedometer (with speed alert) and warning lights for the secondary functions. You'll note that this car has factory A/C which energizes but does not blow cold—it’s still R12 and we do not have the ability to recharge it. The original AM radio still lives up high in the dash, although it's sadly not operational, and the ventilation controls are neat aircraft-type sliders under the dash hood. Demerits include a small tear in the driver’s seat, some fading on the door panels, and, of course, the clock doesn't work. On the other hand, the gauges are bright and crisp, the chrome and trim is excellent, and there are floor mats keeping it protected. The trunk is upholstered with a correct mat and there's a full-sized spare and jack assembly just in case.

If you haven't experienced the effortless power of a Nailhead V8, this is a great opportunity. Actually, I should say it's torque that you'll be experiencing, and this big luxury coupe moves like a muscle car thanks to the robust 401 cubic inch Buick V8. Not shared with any other division, this smooth powerplant is the ideal choice for the top-of-the-line Riviera. This one has been upgraded with the dual 4-barrel carburetors from a later “Super Wildcat” V8, and the added oomph is noticeable when you tip into the throttle. It's nicely detailed with finned valve covers and a big chrome air cleaner up top that looks OEM correct. The overall condition is pretty good, perfect for a driver (this is not a show car, but you already knew that) and we can’t argue with the way it moves. It runs quite well, starting with a surprisingly robust bark from the dual exhaust system and there are no disappointments on the road where its torque curve is as wide and flat as Death Valley.

The Turbine Drive transmission is a descendant of the Dynaflow, and it works extremely well behind the Nailhead. It just accelerates without a hitch, pulling the big coupe along on a massive wave of torque. Tallish 3.23 gears in back make it a fantastic highway cruiser that feels like it could run forever without getting tired. Smooth road manners, powerful brakes, and a well-sorted suspension give this car the feel of a much more contemporary machine. The floors are unquestionably original and in very good condition with no evidence of rot and there are air shocks out back to keep it on an even keel. We also see evidence of recent brake work and a new gas tank hangs out back. Gorgeous Buick Road Wheels are the right choice and they carry 215/75/15 Goodyear whitewall radials for the perfect ‘60s look.

Early Rivieras are not going to get more affordable and if I had to pick five cars that were going to be worth more in five years than they are today, this car would be on that list. Great colors, beautiful interior, and pleasing road manners all add up to a first-rate hobby car at a price that just can't be beat. Call today!

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Vehicle: 1963 Buick Riviera
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 120030
Odometer Reading: 88,862
VIN: 7J1028594
Engine: 401 cubic inch V8
Transmission: Dynaflow Automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.23
Wheelbase: 117 inches
Wheels: 15-inch Buick road wheels
Tires: 215/75/15 Goodyear whitewall radials
Exterior Color: Fawn Mist
Interior Color: Sandalwood cloth and vinyl
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