The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 73
1963 Buick Riviera

Selling on Friday

1963 Buick  Riviera

CHASSIS NO: 7J1032117

• A very early production Riviera with just 75,000 original miles
• Highly original with original spare and jack still in the trunk
• Owned for 45 years by Mrs. Walker, the original purchaser
• Always the most desirable year of Riviera production

401 cid V-8 Wildcat engine, 325 HP, Turbine Drive two-speed automatic transmission, dual-wishbone and coil spring front suspension, rear live axle trailing arm suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 117”

The personal luxury car market was just taking off in 1963 and Buick had one of the most exciting entries into that market - the new Riviera. With sleek styling and a laundry list of options, owning a Buick Riviera meant you would arrive in style at any destination.

This lovely and highly original Riviera in Arctic White features deluxe saddle leather interior, with front and rear bucket seats and nearly every option available in 1963, including power steering and power brakes, clock, AM radio, map and trunk lights, factory air-conditioning, tinted glass, power seats, and even a power antenna. The woodgrain veneer is extensive and, with arm rests all around, one can truly settle in to the roomy and comfortable cockpit. With the new flush-mounted glass, a first for 1963, the Riviera was a true statement of how sleek and streamlined an automobile could be. The original matching numbers 401 cubic-inch 325-horsepower 'Wildcat' engine is extremely strong and powerful, and this particular car drives straight as an arrow with no strange road wobbles, shakes or rattles; it is a 56-year-old car that will give any modern day sports car a run for its money, and fully capable at modern highway speeds. The transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears, there are no leaks and the temperature always remains cool. It stands ready for any touring event you might choose and will certainly be a featured car at any Buick Club or other classic car event.

Records provided with the car show 45-year ownership by a Mrs. Alice Walker, with the factory plaque to prove it still on the dash. It had just over 70,000 miles on it at that point, and today, the original mileage is still under 75,000. Look closely, because the condition of the entire car top to bottom shows the care it has received. Brilliant chrome, clear badges, and lovely paint finishes are all highly original, and you’ll be hard pressed to find any flaws. With great curb appeal and impressive performance, the new owner of this Riviera will have years of driving pleasure and plenty of “thumbs-up” along the way.

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