Survivor With Style: 1969 Buick Riviera GS

The Buick Riviera was a plus sized personal luxury coupe built on the E-body platform shared with the Cadillac Eldorado and Oldsmobile Toronado.  But, unlike its front-drive cousins, the Riviera used a conventional front-engine rear-drive setup and weight transfer was a friend.  The 2nd generation (1966-1970) still featured the cool hidden flip-out headlights, and Buick’s signature sweepspear styling (a curved line of trim that runs the length of the car).  Find this 1969 Buick Riviera GS here on eBay bidding for $7,025 with 1 day to go, located in Phoenix, AZ.

The Riviera is a huge car with a total length of almost 18 feet, which is about 2 feet longer than a new Buick Regal, which isn’t a compact by any measurement.  The gangrene colored paint and black vinyl toupee just adds to the street presence of this dinosaur. 

Powering the beast is a 430 cubic inch Buick Wildcat V8 that was rated at 360 horsepower and 475 ft-lbs of torque.  Of course you aren’t going to be expect to do the dirty work of selecting gear ratios and the tire-melting torque is always at your command with its 3-speed automatic transmission.

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