Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth , Texas
It straddles the line between muscle car and luxury car and its futuristic styling is truly something to behold. This 1965 Buick Riviera is a cruiser par excellence with torque aplenty - it's at the top of its game mechanically and features a plush interior that's been nicely refurbished. You don't see many Rivieras from its era out on the road, and certainly only a select few boasting the strong running condition this one offers.
With its inclined front end, sharply contoured bumper and tall, almost cylindrical headlights, there isn't much chance of this vintage Buick getting lost in a crowd. You can imagine the stir its revolutionary styling caused when it debuted and all these decades later, this is a classic you just can't help but stare appreciatively at. Its Pearl White exterior makes an immediate impression and while it was never intended to be just a show car, but something to be enjoyed on the road, make no mistake - this car is loaded with curb appeal and will no doubt turn heads everywhere you go. Its exterior alignment is very strong - take a lap around and you'll find that the doors, hood and trunk all blend well with their surrounding panels and show nice, even gaps. Displaying a substantial collection of chrome was still very much a badge of honor in the mid-'60s and the exterior fittings here - from that one of a kind front bumper, to the length of trim dividing the hood on back - are all looking good.
The interior has been restored to an impressive condition while holding onto its factory configuration and provides an outstanding driving environment that will take you back in time. Both the wide-backed front buckets and rear bench seat are as comfortable as they come and you won't find much wear on their saddle-colored leather surfaces. The door panels to each side, as well as the carpeting lining the floor, also appear fresh and their darker color provides a nice contrast to the seating. Climb into the driver's seat and you'll immediately feel ready for the open road - beyond the original steering wheel, the instrument cluster features an assortment of crystal clear gauges, the air conditioning is at the top of its game and the seamlessly installed Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo also offers both Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, so you won't run out of audio options any time soon. Given the Riviera's generous proportions, the trunk area in back offers plenty of space, even with a full-size spare.
There's plenty of power on hand to accompany all this style. The 401 cubic inch V8 sitting in the engine bay was rebuilt not long ago - the receipts to prove it come along with the car. The big block is running great - firing up promptly with the turn of a key and idling with impressive smoothness. Should you decide to get a little more aggressive on the accelerator, prepare to be pushed back in your seat - this powerplant is good for a full 445 lb-ft of torque and teams with a 3-speed automatic transmission that shifts with no issues. Power steering makes navigating this half-muscle car, half luxury car a breeze, while power brakes that feature a recently installed master cylinder and brake booster bring this Buick's set of 15" stock wheels outfitted with whitewall radial tires that show plenty of tread to dependable stops. A peek below reveals a very strong looking undercarriage, and from this vantage point you can see the distinctive X -shaped frame rails Buick employed to provide maximum structural rigidity.
This 1965 Buick Riviera is loaded with style and ready to hit the road. Call today!