It’s fairly easy to modify a classic to such lengths that it’s hard to recognize the base car that was used but it takes talents to build a car with subtle modifications with outstanding results and still preserve its classic appearance. This features 1953 Buick Super Riviera is one such example. It has modifications that you can barely recognize at first glance but looks incredibly stunning.
It is currently for sale and the seller has said that it has only been driven for around 1,000 miles after it has received a complete restoration. This Super Riviera was completely stripped down to bare frame. The frame was thoroughly cleaned, powered coated and fitted with some modifications to allow the 2-inch drop spindles of the front suspension built by Fat Man Fabrication. It also has a revised A-arm configuration to accommodate the air-ride system that has custom shock mounts.
According to the seller, the air-ride system is controllable via a panel of switches with matching gauges located just under the dash. The tank and compressor for the air-ride system are tucked away in the trunk covered by a false panel.
The body has undergone some subtle modifications such as the subtle fender flares attached to the body to create a seamless appearance. The headlights have also been modified. The taillights and reverse signal lights have been mounted on the original exhaust outlets of the rear bumper.
The hood and trunk have been shaved to have a slender look. Both the front and rear bumper have been re-chromed. The front bumper has been modified to accommodate the Dagmars taken from a 1955 Cadillac. The stainless-steel trims have all been buffed and polished to bring back their shine and fresh glass and weather seals have been installed.
Originally, this Buick came in a two-tone Terrace Green and Ridge Green finish but it now has a House of Kolor Candy Red paint. Cadillac wire wheels fitted with B.F. Goodrich Silvertown radials are installed on all corners to match the shiny look of the Buick.
According to the seller, the Super Riviera is powered by a 322 cid V8 engine taken from a ’56 Buick Century which replaced the original 322 cid Nailhead V8 engine. The seller also notes that the more modern 322 “produces about 90 horsepower more but looks all original, and is backed up by a Dynaflow automatic transmission out of the same ’56 Century.”
The interior is completely noise insulated thanks to Dynamat. The interior was then layered with maroon carpet and pearl white vinyl.
The seller also added that the “gauges have been completely rebuilt and the speedometer was reset to zero.” The Buick also has power steering and power brakes, Vintage Air condition, and a custom stereo set.
This awesome looking custom 1953 Buick Super Riviera is currently in Carson, California and being sold with an asking price of $54,500. “All the style of a classic fifties custom and the amenities of a modern car; driving it is a real pleasure,” the seller added.
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