March 13, 2019
The 1965Buick Riviera would be the Flint manufacturer’s final version of its first-generation personal luxury coupe. Much has been written over the years about these Rivieras’ looks; many (hand not raised here) consider them one of the most beautiful cars ever built! For 1965, a few outward changes were made — most notably the hidden headlights up front and the movement of the taillights to the bumper from where they used to reside in the panel below the trunk. Under the hood, the standard powerplant was Buick’s 401 cu. in., 325-hp 4-bbl Wildcat 455 V-8 (so-named for its torque rating), connected to GM’s Super Turbine 3-speed automatic transmission. Saw this well-preserved red example a couple of summers ago in Lockport.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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