Publish date: 2016-06-07 08:39:01
This beautiful 1972 Buick Riviera Boat Tail was posted on craigslist. The Riviera is a rare classic and a great addition to any collection. With only 31,557 originally built and the design was headed by the one and only Bill Mitchell. He was the one responsible for the classic 1955-57 Chevy Bel Air, 1963 Corvette Split Window, 1963-72 Buick Riviera. The Riviera is easily identifiable with its flowing lines, and the unique boat tail design that earned its name. Finding a Riviera in great condition such as this one is a miracle and you don’t want to pass up the chance of buying it or you’ll regret it.
Chris Raymond from ChrisOnCars.com was the one who was able to buy this rare gem. Chris originally went out to buy with the same size as an English Channel Ferry Boat, but instead found this 1972 Riviera. He later then found out that this 1972 Riviera was a car previously owned by one of this web developer named Brian. Brian and his best friend owned it during their high school days, they worked together to maintain and make upgrades to it. He says that he knows every detail of work done on it, but his best friend sold it late on. Because of the story Brain told Chris about the car, Chris had faith in it and bought it.
It is a beautiful car in its own unique way and the Subaru WRX blue paintjob looks great on it. Sports raised white lettered tires and Cragar SS rims add the beauty of it. The exterior has a classy front 60/40 split bench seat with black with white leather inserts. The body was completely fixed by the previous owner, they also added brand new carpets as well as some awesome chrome Edelbrock upgrades under the hood. The upgrades done made the engines shine and squeeze out more horse power. The cherry bomb mufflers makes it roar like a true American muscle.
The body is in great condition with no signs of rust or dents, it looks like it got the love it deserved. The paint may need some fixing as the old paint looks poorly done and is starting to peel, some areas also has signs of waving and dripping. The exterior looks great and has no visible problems except for the driver seat.
Chris took the Riviera for a test drive and say it’s a great drive. The engine starts with no problem, and has no signs of issues while in idle. The Cherry bombs gives out a great roar. Although the Riviera was not known for its power, it still has an impressive power and can go from 0 to 60 just under 8 seconds which is great for this two and a half ton beast. Taming this beast is a bit of a challenge after the engine upgrades and with some problems with the steering. The steering is a bit lose and the car does not immediately respond to it. The biggest problem is the driver’s seat that does not have any kind of lateral support. You might have some problems staying on the driver’s seat while turning.
But that won’t be a problem for Chris soon as he has plans for it. He plans to make into a personal Grand Tourer. The paint scheme will be a dark grey metallic with the top part including the roof, boat tail and center of the hood painted with a lighter color for accent. The interior will be a medium saddle color and the carpeted rear will become a mahogany wood floor similar to a classic yacht. Chris also want to lower the Riviera 2 inches to highlight the flow lines. Large low profile tires and large chrome mag rims will add to its hot rod beauty. The middle section will be cut of the bumper to show off the full grill turning it into a split bumper car. In the rear, a center body colored fin will be mounted on the rear window to make it look like this Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe.
But those grand plans may just remain as plans, as Chris also plan to sell it for profit. He hasn’t decided yet. For now he just uses it to tour around town in the dark night.
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