Buick Riviera Grand Sport

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Description: In 1963 the Launch of Buick Riviera was a defining moment in American automotive design.Ford created a new Automotive Niche,with the Iconic “Thunderbird”—-the Success of this car

In 1963 the Launch of Buick Riviera was a defining moment in American automotive design.Ford created a new Automotive Niche,with the Iconic “Thunderbird”—-the Success of this car saw Volumes of in excess of 70,000 units in 1959 evolve from 1957 at 21,000 units.

GM simply, had to respond with a car able to Capture Thunderbird Sales.The Riviera,or the concept that was to become the Riviera was first offerd up to the Cadillac division and named La Salle 11 !

Buick with sagging sales, was desperate for a Halo Model to lure customers into the showrooms & bring the Buick division Prestige.

The Execution of the 1st Riviera was a triumph of taste & style./GM Styling Guru Bill Mitchel cited the 63-65 Buick as one of the designs he was most Proud of.

His inspiration said to have routes with Designs seen with Bentley & clearly the Grill with a more than passing Resemblance to Ferrari.

The Car is offered for sale having completed a total Nut & Bolt Restoration this is a car, with a very interesting History.

Extremely Rare,quite possibly Unique,a genuine Matching Numbers,original Right hand Drive. Riviera Grand Sport ,1965 —the Earls Court Show Car !

The Car was originally sold by Legendary GM Concessionaire Lendrum & Hartman,who had the UK Licence to Import & sell all GM Cars.The car was originally purchased by Rolls Royce (*for Assessment. A regular occurrence in the 60’s !)Converted to RHD prior to sale.

Alf Gascoigne, the Club President of The Buick Owners Club & third owner of the car, Researched the history to establish the conversion to right hand drive was undertaken for Lendrums by Ruddspeed of Worthing ,a Company which in the 60’s undertook many such Conversions & established a leading position for Quality & superb Workmanship.

This Car the GS Package–(Gran-Sport ) was sold with all the Options !              Air Conditioning, Power seats and  Cruise Control.

For the Riviera it meant the big 425 cu.in engine ,Super Wildcat Horse Power, 465 lbs of Torque (much increased from the stock 360 bhp found in the 401 motor !) with Quad Exhaust & 3.42 rear posi-traction differential & heavy weight Suspension—- all hooked up to Super Turbine Transmission with breathing from Original Four Barrel, 600 cfm Carter AFB Carbs, the Grand Sport really was a Gentleman Hot Rod.

The Car Showcased multiple examples of New-Car Technology at this time -Hide away headlights, bonded in Glass & frameless door windows, all firsts & turning points in Automotive design in the 60’s.

The Riviera was one of the “Coolest Cars of the Swinging 60’s”—- beloved by Jet Set Royalty & the World of Pop— Dusty Springfield & the Earl of Chichester both owners of the Riviera in Period.

Over the last 6 months a dedicated team have removed the Body from the Chassis & meticulously repaired the corrosion to perhaps. a standard such that the car can be declared one of the best in the World !

Resplendent in original Metalic Gold Paint ,no Expense has been spared to Restore the Car to Concourse Condition.

Totally Correct & Original thru- out just three. Performance Enhancing modifications—– have been incorporated, with this Stunning Restoration.

A Beautiful Two Tone Tan interior in Soft italian Leather Brings the Interior to an exceptional level.

The Car is Sold with Original Wheels also & as such presents uniquely offering simple reversion to Original Spec.

The All important History file for this car is extensive & includes a full Magazine feature, done following the cars earlier part Restoration in 2008.

Suffice to say a total re-wire in Parallel with total Drive Train overhaul has been done to complete a potentially Award Winning Restoration.



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