The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 21
1968 Buick Riviera

Selling on Friday

1968 Buick  Riviera

CHASSIS NO: 494878H918984

• First year for the 430 cubic-inch V-8 engine
• Clean fully preserved interior
• Believed to have just 42,000 miles and two owners from new

430 cid V-8 engine, 360 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, live axle cool spring rear suspension, front disc brakes and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 119

The name Riviera, Latin for coastline, was chosen by Buick to evoke the allure and affluence of the French Riviera. Introduced in October of 1962 as a personal luxury car, the Riviera was slightly smaller than the LeSabre, but just a bit larger than its immediate competition, the Thunderbird. Completely redesigned in 1966, it became wider and heavier, and showed the world its now iconic hideaway headlights. During this era, it began sharing its architecture with the Oldsmobile Toronado and the Cadillac Eldorado. By 1968, the new 430 cubic-inch V-8 was introduced, along with power disc brakes up front and improved safety systems. Buick sales set a record for the Riviera with 49,284 units sold.

This fine 1968 example is fully equipped with both power steering and power brakes; inside, it was ordered with power bucket seats, air-conditioning, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM radio, and a cool console-mounted shifter. The preserved interior of this example shows a slight bit of wear but obviously has a lot of life left in it. The beige exterior features a matching vinyl top, and both are very presentable, with fine panel gaps and only the type of minor wear you see on a well-preserved classic. Likewise, the chrome, glass, and rubber trim are very good throughout, and everything works like new and wont disappoint. The original spare is even still in the trunk.

Its a solid two-owner example showing just 42,000 miles on the clock; the mileage is supported by the overall excellent condition and is believed to be accurate. It is certainly solid, well-maintained, and ready for the new owner to enjoy. Even famed automotive designer Sergio Pininfarina chose the Riviera as one of the most beautiful cars ever built so, overall, it is a terrific example of one of Buicks flagship luxury cars and a design that will be considered stylish and remain highly regarded forever.

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