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Buick Riviera

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Riviera
Vehicle Model

A car produced by Buick.

The 1963-1965 Riviera was designed by Bill Mitchell and Ned Nickles.  It was proposed as the Cadillac La Salle II, but Cadillac declined production.  It was offered to Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Buick, and Buick won the car.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
The 1963-1965 is among "The 25 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time" by Automobile, September 2006

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Images

1994 Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance at Stanford Poster - 1994 Buick Riviera 1994 Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance
Artist: Ken Eberts
Car: Buick Riverias (1994 in foreground)
Event: Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance
Image courtesy CarArt.us
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Thunder Road Cruise Night:  April 14, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Thunder Road Cruise Night:  April 14, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Thunder Road Cruise Night:  April 14, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Thunder Road Cruise Night:  April 14, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
Thunder Road Cruise Night:  April 14, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
July 18, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
July 18, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
July 18, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
July 18, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
July 18, 2010
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1964 Buick Riviera 1964
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
July 18, 2010
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Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Custom 1964
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
July 10, 2011
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Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Custom 1964
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
July 10, 2011
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Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Custom 1964
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
July 10, 2011
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Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Custom 1964
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
July 10, 2011
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Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Custom 1964
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
July 10, 2011
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Custom 1964 Buick Riviera Custom 1964
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
The Cars Time Forgot Car Show
July 10, 2011
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1965 Buick Riviera Custom Mildly Customized 1965
Photo by "Morven"
Taken May 17, 2003
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1966 Buick Riviera 1966
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
October 8, 2006
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1966 Buick Riviera 1966
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
October 8, 2006
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1966 Buick Riviera 1966
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
October 8, 2006
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1966 Buick Riviera 1966
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
October 8, 2006
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1966 Buick Riviera 1966
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
October 8, 2006
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1966 Buick Riviera 1966
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
October 8, 2006
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1966 Buick Riviera 1966
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
2006 Morris Lions Fall Classic Car Show
October 8, 2006
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Buick Riviera Model Car Built by Steve Lohr
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
July 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Buick Riviera Model Car Built by Steve Lohr
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
July 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Buick Riviera Model Car Built by Steve Lohr
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
July 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Buick Riviera Model Car Built by Steve Lohr
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
July 2011 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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1971 Buick Riviera Model Car 1971
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
2006 Milwaukee NNL
April 22, 2006
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1971 Buick Riviera Model Car 1971
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
2006 Milwaukee NNL
April 22, 2006
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1983 Buick Riviera Convertible 1983 Convertible
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Woodstock High School Car Show
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1983 Buick Riviera Convertible 1983 Convertible
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Woodstock High School Car Show
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1983 Buick Riviera Convertible 1983 Convertible
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Woodstock High School Car Show
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1983 Buick Riviera Convertible 1983 Convertible
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
2013 Woodstock High School Car Show
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Buick Riviera Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
September 30, 2007
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Buick Riviera Photo by "IFCAR"
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1999 Buick Riviera 1999
Photo by Stephen Foskett
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Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".
Buick Riviera Photo by "IFCAR"
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Quotes

  • "It was in London, a foggy night.  I was in front of the Claridge, and out of the fog comes this Rolls."  Bill Mitchell, describing his inspiration for the design of the 1963 Riviera

    Recalls

    Model YearsIssuing AgencyRecall #Reason
    1966NHTSA76V160000FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:CARBURETOR SYSTEM
    1974NHTSA73V250000SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:UPPER ARM


    Model Kits & Die-Cast Cars

    TypeManufacturerItem #SeriesNameScalePaintNotes
    Model KitLindberg73059Homie HoppersMidnight Hopper '66 Buick Riviera Lowrider1:25
    Die CastHot WheelsJ3428Hi-Rakers1971 Buick RivieraSmallPurple w/yellow graphicsOversized Wheels, Short Package




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