1963 Buick Riviera two door hard top, AC, Power steering and restored.
This is a beautiful example with all 1963 models being unique from the later model Riviera's with the Buick TriShield button featuring a black background used on the wheel covers and tail light lenses. In 1964 a stylized 'R' emblem would replace these areas instead. 1963 was also the only year that the heater/defroster and optional air conditioning controls would be suspended under the center of the instrument panel pad. The design created a somewhat confusing array of push and pull control levers to direct air flow where desired, a simpler design appeared for 1964/5. Also it is of note that Buick pioneered another industry first with the Riviera in 1963 - flush glass! This was a unique new design in which the windscreen and rear window were sealed directly to the body allowing the glass to fit flush and thereby eliminating the bulky metal and rubber framework required on other automobiles!
The car has no signs of accidents and is rust free , the car has always been garaged and looks extremely impressive with a very nice re-paint in correct C code 'Arctic white' with contrasting 'Black' vinyl interior, which is also in beautiful condition, with all newer carpet, seats, headliner, floor mats and new deluxe wood trim freshly replaced. All chrome work in very good condition inside as well. Under previous ownership every major mechanical component has reportedly either been replaced or rebuilt. Much of the exterior chrome and stainless has also been replaced, re chromed and or polished. New AC Compressor installed along with belts and assorted hoses. Equipped with power steering and power windows (pwr wing windows not working) Radio turns on but has no sound (may be a bad speaker).
A rare opportunity to own a great daily driving and obviously never abused example of a 1963 Buick Riviera - one of the outstanding GM designs of the sixties, reflecting the styling supreme of Bill Mitchell with a masterful blend of curves and razor-edges. Dubbed the anti-Thunderbird and respected by an army of industrial designers as an architectural landmark of the U.S industry and which has high repute amongst collectors for both it's beautiful lines and smooth fast performance for a luxury coupe. "One of the most beautiful cars America ever built" as stated by none other than Sergio Pininfarina of Ferrari design fame on it's debut at the Paris auto show in 1963. This landmark design would continue for only two years until 1964 before a hidden headlight change in 1965, making these two particular years of 1963/4 the most collectible and desirable and with the original early '63 models holding the lead in collector preference amongst most enthusiasts, but with all these 63-65 model cars boasting 'Milestone Car' status.
Performance was an important consideration in the personal luxury car market in the early sixties and the Riviera's power source was the 401 cubic inch 'Wildcat 445' V8 engine with 325 horsepower at 4400 rpm. It developed 445 lbs of torque at 2800 rpm, hence the '455' Wildcat script on the air cleaner. This 1963 engine compartment is nicely detailed and tidy, also features the correct over sized air cleaner painted in factory correct 'Wrinkle Red'. The trunk is lined in black carpet and includes a spare on a matching wheel. The underside is very clean and shows nicely with no signs of rust or ware.