February 20, 2019
One of these days, when I see an owner of a car like this 1972 Buick Riviera, I’m going to ask him/her to take me for a spin. I’ve always wondered what kind of an effect those big wheels & tires have on a car’s ride. This was the Riv’s (and just about every car sold in the U.S.) final year for what car fans would call normal bumpers. For 1973 the front bumpers had to withstand a five-mph barrier crash without any damage to certain safety-related components (such as lights and fuel delivery systems); the rear standard was 2-1/2 mph. For MY 1974 the government added standardized height regulations, which resulted in millions of American-sold cars looking like they had battering rams fore and aft. By 1974 the Riviera had dropped the boat-tail look (which would have really suffered with the new bumpers). Saw this one a few years ago in Niagara Falls.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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