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1963 Buick Riviera - No Reserve

1963 Buick Riviera Base

Make: Buick
Model: Riviera
Type: Coupe
Trim: Base
Year: 1963
Mileage: 23,170
VIN: 7J1124763
Color: Tan
Engine: V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: White
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Tilt Steering, Air Conditioning

Description for Buick Riviera 1963

Offered at No Reserve andFeatured here is a very clean and complete, running 1963 Buick Riviera. The Buick Riviera was GM’s response to the popular Ford Thunderbird. Instantly recognized as a design classic, the original Riviera was Motor Trend magazine's 1963 Car of the Year. The svelte 117-inch wheelbase personal luxury coupe was a pet project of GM styling head William L. Mitchell.

This particular car has been in storage for nearly 30 years and came from the arid and dry climate of Arizona. This car runs drives very well. It has great potential for a restoration, be it rolling resto,(drive it while you restore it) or a full on refurb to her once luxurious glory. The car has excellent bones for a nice resto-mod or custom cruiser.

These cars have great investment potential as well due to their place in luxury automobiles. You could eaily get it repainted and restore the interio, enjoy and drive this car and easily recapture your investment and maybe even make a little money as well as indicated by the Hagerty Value guide for these cars..


Here are the details:

Body/Paint: Overall as you look at the photos you can the car is relatively clean rust wise with the worst rust area on the lower passenger rear quarter panel. The floors and trunk are very solid. The panels are straight and should make for an easy restoration.

Chrome/Stainless: I have all the stainless trim for the body and it is in nice shape requiring only light polish and restoration. The car also includes a re-chromed rear bumper.

Frame: Solid with no rust or signs of collision repair as shown in the photos

Engine: The factory 401 V8 it starts with no issue. As you see from the photos the engine compartment is relatively unmolested and in original condition. The fuel system has been flushed and the motor runs and idles well. There is no smoke on start up or while driving. It does have a intermittent lifter tick though when cold. The more we have driven the car, the better it runs and the tick has lessenned.

Exhaust: The exhaust is complete but the muffler is rusted where the pipes come into the muffler body

Transmission: Factory original automatic, fluid is clean and clear. There is some seepage around the pan gasket and it shifts well, however it is a little sluggish when cold. Much like the motor, it operates better and betterthe more laps we put on it going around the block. Operation is firm and it works as designed once it is warmed up a little.

Interior: The factory original white interior looks complete, with great upholstery free of any rips or tears just needs some cleaning and a good shampoo to really look nice. There is no the carpet and the door panel carpet needs to be repaired, however the headliner is in very good condition. It still has the factory AM radio in place and features, tilt steering, power steering and power brakes.

Air Conditioning/Heater: A/C does not blow cold, but the heat works. Air compressor is free and is not froze up. All hosesand the complete system is sealed and intact, including the A/C belt is still in place, when is the last time you saw that? My guess is A/C worked when parked.

Brakes: Power brakes with large aluminum finned drummed brakes on all corners. The brakes have been recently serviced with new wheel cylinders and function as designed.

Suspension: Complete with factory equipped front and rear stabilizer/roll bars and factory power steering.

Tires/Wheels: Previous owner placed some decent rollers, tires that are of the same size (but not same brand) that hold air go down the road wellwhich aremounted on factory 15 X 7 steel wheels with factory wheel covers. Summary these tires probably should be replaced before any serious driving.

These cars have a solid following and are climbing in popularity. This car should not take much to get looking like new again. It is a great candidate for the hobbyist on a budget but has the basic skills to build some sweat equity in it as a rolling restoration. A great handyman’s special you can fix up and recoup your investment at resale.

Please inspect the pictures and ask questions. I have tried to describe this car is carefully as possible but understand the vehicle is sold as pictured, as is, with no warranty, implied or otherwise.