These Are The Best Features Of The 1965 Buick Riviera

This Buick Riviera was borne out of General Motors’ desire to give the Ford Thunderbird, which was getting a lot of attention and applause in the personal-luxury segment, a worthy competitor. In the late ’50s, the first model of the Buick Riviera was created by Chief of Design of General Motors Bill Mitchell; he claimed he took inspiration from cars like Rolls-Royce which is known for grand luxury and elegance as well as the aesthetic and athletic gallantry of a Ferrari grand tourer in designing the Buick Riviera. The result is a sharp-edge styled car with the agility of a muscle car.


The Buick Riviera has been in production in the United States since 1963 and the curtain was closed on its production in 1999. Through its production reign, about 1,127,261 units of the Riviera, cutting across 8 generations, were built.

The unveiling of concept designs named the Riviera by Buick in 2007 and 2013 has sparked a belief of the possibility of the iconic resurrection of the car, but hands remained crossed and lips remained closed on this ever becoming a reality.

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First Generation Buick Riviera (1962 – 1965)


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The personal-luxury car segment was Ford’s creation with the introduction of the iconic Ford Thunderbird series in the late ’50s, and they dominated the segment without remorse. In the early ’60s, having had enough of the aggressive domination, General Motors’ need for a big share of the market spurred the introduction of the 1961 Olds Starfire and the 1962 Pontiac Grand Prix, but both punched way below expectation.


However, General Motors wasn’t ready to leave Thunderbird as the boss of the segment.

The Buick Riviera model was introduced in late 1962. The car is a hardtop, 2-doors Sport-Coupe that was head over shoulder above its competition in performance; cornering, speed and acceleration, braking handling and in many more areas. It was able to advance General Motors’ intentions for the personal-luxury car segment and was able to stand aside the T-bird as a top dog in the personal luxury car segment.

The 1965 Buick Riviera With Its Outstanding Design Cues


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The 1965 Buick Riviera has one of the most innovative designs of its time; angular transitions, well-defined creases with the right proportion of sporting elegance — sharp contours and flaring fenders were masterfully used, making the design outstanding and different from everything available at its time. The 1965 Riviera had concealed headlamps, flush window glass, and exquisite upholstery.


Luxury and comfort was accorded great attention while designing the car — the car’s interior was given an European inspired styling; the upholstery had an all-vinyl, cloth and vinyl, and leather options. The 1965 Buick Riviera also received a power steering wheel, power driver’s seat, air conditioning, a side view mirror that is remotely controlled, and a white designed or painted tires. In the 1965 Buick Riviera, slight cosmetic adjustment were made.

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The 1965 Buick Riviera: A Proven Performer


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The 1965 Buick Riviera sits on a 119-inch Buick frame; Slightly shorter than a standard Buick frame like that of the Buick LeSabre, but longer than the frame of a regular Thunderbird. It sports large AI-Fin (Aluminum Finned) drum brakes, a sophisticated suspension with wishbones, and a top-notch power steering. Lightweight materials were used to give the luxury car a reduced weight compared to other Buicks.


The standard engine on the 1965 Buick Riviera is the 6.6L V-8 engine and can generate 325 hp. Though the Buick Riviera shares the same engine with other bigger Buicks, its lighter weight makes it move with more grace and has a better all-round performance than others. According to Motortrend, with this engine, the car has an 0-60mph time of just a little less than 8 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph.

The 1965 Buick Riviera also received a “Gran Sport” trim. The preceding version of the car didn’t have this trim. The Gran Sport Riviera offered even more impressive driving experience and performance. This trim boasted more impressive options, had more power and agility. The car is powered by GM’s naturally aspirated Nail head V-8 425 engines also known as “Super Wildcat”; the engine can generate 360 ​​horsepower and can power the car from 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of about 130 mph.


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The 1965 Buick Riviera is still well respected today among car enthusiasts, and its design and style is still well respected among car stylists and designers as well; it is considered an American car among American cars. In 1965, to be a proud owner of one of this beast, you will need to fork out $6,191. Today, according to Classic-car-history, to own a 1965 Buick Riviera in good-to-excellent condition will cost around $30,000 to $90,000.


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