September 26, 2017
Speaking of cars you rarely see anymore, here’s a 1970 Buick Riviera which I’ve come across a few times lately in Williamsville — including last week when the owner was thoughtful enough to pull in frontwards so we could finally get this shot of the car’s hindquarters. Model year 1970 found the Riv in a bit of a downward sales spiral, a trend that would pretty much continue until the second downsizing occurred for model year 1979. Of course, another dreadful downsizing debuted for 1986 which pretty much was the beginning of the end for Buick’s personal luxury coupe. After being discontinued after the 1993 models, the Riviera made a brief re-appearance for 1995-99 with what the Philadelphia Inquirer called “easily the most creative, most interesting automotive design of the decade.” Well, this was the 1990s so, read into that what you will.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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