Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis , Missouri
1963 Buick Riviera
Highly desirable first-year Riviera with the same California owner for the last 8 years!
Rare 1 of only 2,601 outof the 40,000 1963 Rivs delivered with the optional, larger engine
Original, numbers matching Riviera Wildcat 465 V-8 (code JW542) engine with four-bbl. carb, displacing 425 CID, making 10.25:1 compression and 340 hp/465 tq with dual exhausts
Engine was a factory upgrade from the base 401 CID V-8
Final year for two-speed Twin Turbine Automatic Transmission
Silver Cloud Metallic (code D) exterior with Custom Interior in Medium Red
Original factory power steering, power brakes, power windows, center console, tilt steering column and original spare tire
Original lined trunk, deluxe steering wheel with wood interior appliqus
Documentation include original owners manual and a Clarion stereo users guide
With its razor-sharp lines and simple yet bold form, Buick had unveiled a stunner. Along with Chevys newly redesigned two-seater, Head Stylist William Mitchell and General Motors delivered a fierce 1-2 punch to the rest of the automotive design world in 1963 with the Buick Riviera and put Fords Thunderbird on notice.
MotoeXotica Classic Cars is proud to present this highly desirable and optioned first-year Buick Riviera. This example was built sometime during the final days of February 1963 at General Motors Flint, Michigan assembly plant. It left the line with the following options power windows, tinted windshield, drivers remote sideview mirror, Sonamatic AM radio and the powerfulWildcat 465 V-8. It was delivered Ullian Buick, Inc., in Framingham, Massachusetts and sold to its original owner on March 8, 1963. It has resided in Chowchilla, California with the same loving owner for the past 8 years.
This is a very special and rare Rivera, its finished in very desirable silver exterior with red interior and most importantly it is optioned with powerfulWildcat 465 V-8 and dual exhaust. Out of the 37,399 Rivieras produced in 1963, only 5% had the optional JW Wildcat engine producing massive amounts of torque! And this particular Buick still has the numbers matching motor!
Dressed in Silver Cloud Metallic (code D), the cars paint and trim are in overall great condition with minor imperfections while the cars windows are in better-than-average shape.
The cars bodywork is straight and its engine bay is very tidy, the battery appears new, the chrome bumpers are in very good condition and they fit tightly to the body. This Riv rolls on Road Handler whitewall tires, size 215/75R15 at all four corners and each tire surrounds a steel wheel topped with a factory wheel cover. Both tires and wheels are in very good order.
Underhood is the cars original, numbers matching, JW542 Riviera Wildcat 465 V-8, breathing through dual exhausts. Buicks marketing department decided to focus on the engines largest number, its torque figure, and post it prominently on the air cleaner. Unfortunately, without a salesman or mechanic to explain it, many people came to believe the engine displaced 465 cubic inches instead of, in this case, 425 cubic inches.
This 425 CID Nailhead V-8 makes 10.25:1 compression and puts out 340 horsepower plus the aforementioned 465 pounds-feet of torque and was a factory upgrade from the cars base 401 CID Nailhead V-8. Driver convenience features include original factory power steering, power brakes, power windows, center console and tilt steering column.
Inside, the Medium Red Custom Interior (code 778) is in overall excellent condition. The front buckets and rear demi-buckets look fantastic with their distinct red inserts and vinyl bolsters, as does the matching red carpet. The contrasting white headliner is in very good order, as is the original two-spoke steering wheel with the cars name spelled out on the hub. The red instrument panel and inner door liners are excellent order, as is the space age center console and floor-mounted shift lever. While there is the original Sonamatic AM radio in the dash, it has been bypassed in favor of a modern Clarion AM/FM stereo with CD player, USB port and MP3 capability.
Custom interiors included:
Cloth and vinyl or leather and vinyl upholstery
Full-length door armrests
Door latches for rear seat passengers
Real walnut trim inserts on door and quarter trim panels
Circular Buick Tri-shield ornaments on door panels
The center console featured a black textured vinyl on both the Standard and Custom interiors for 1963. Wood veneer wasn't used until 1964, and then only with the Custom interior.
The production Riviera was introduced on October 4, 1962, as a 1963 model. Its distinctive bodyshell was unique to the marque, unusual for a GM product. It rode acruciformframe similar to the standard Buick frame, but shorter and narrower, with a two-inch narrower track. Its117-inch wheelbaseand 208-inch overall length were 6.0 and 7.7inches shorter, respectively, than aBuick LeSabre