While the Riviera name was applied as a trim model to Buicks back in the 40s and 50s it wasn't until 1963 that the first Riviera model was born. It wasn't without some work though. The knife edged design was originally being pitched to Cadillac but once they turned it down Buick had their chance to add it to their line. It was released to compete in the luxury market and was met with a lot of praise. These cars had very unique body lines which with slight customizations are really taken to the next level. This 63 Riviera is a really nice custom that was well built. It's beautiful lines are accented by a bright Blue and Silver two tone paint seperated by a single Orange pinstripe. The door handles have been shaved and the rockers customized for a frenched side exhaust which gives it a very cool side profile. Up front a billet grill was added and the headlights relocated to give it the hidden headlight look you see in Rivieras a few years later. In back the original taillights were replaced with thin LED bars for a slick look. The Boyd Coddington wheels suit the car perfectly and are wrapped with Hancook Evo2 low profile tires.
Under the hood is a 401 Buick Nailhead motor and the engine compartment is one of the cleanest parts of this classic. The entire firewall and inner fenders have the same two tone paint job as the exterior giving it a clean cohesive look. It has a lot of chrome and Blue painted accents along with a custom radiator cover so it is definitely something you will want to show off. The automatic transmission behind it shifts well with no problems. It has power brakes with disc up front and drums in rear. The suspension has been rebuilt with a fully adjustable Accuair system. This allows you to drop it to the ground at shows and set it to the most comfortable ride height when it is time to cruise down the road. All of the electrical on the car was done with a Kwik Wire system to eliminate any electrical concerns.
The interior of the car is very nicely finished out using a combination of both stock and custom components. For instance, it utilizes its original center console but all of the faces were modified with carbon fiber to give it a unique look. A lot of the original dash trim was used as well but the dash itself and the sides of the console were repainted in Bright Blue to match the body. On the center of the dash is mounted the ELevel Accuair controls, the Vintage AC/Heat controls and a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/Aux stereo. It has the original gauge set up but aftermarket Omega Kustom Instrument gauges were added in the stock gauges place. They are white faced and it has an all in one gauge for the Fuel, Volt, Temp, and Oil Pressure gauges. The upholstery itself is done in Gray and is in good shape. The trunk has been redone as well and houses some of the air ride equipment and 2 batteries.
- Transmission Automatic
- Exterior Colour Blue and Silver
- Engine Size 401 V8 Nailhead
- Interior Colour Gray
- VIN CODE 7J1064789
- Drive LHD
- MoT Expiry: Month / Year 0