This morning The Colonel is with us, lets see what it is about the Riviera.
Q: Good Morning, you look well tanned.
A: Yes...working outside on week ends will do that.
Q: What is it about the 63-65 Riviera?
A: Lets start with Buicks of that vintage that have always fascinated me for a myriad of reason.
Q: Do you have a few reasons.
A: The nail head engine with the spark plug covers, and marine green was always of interest.
Q: The Dynaflow transmission
A: Not so much, it was hideous at the time compared to an Hydra Matic in Oldsmobile or Cadillac.
Q: Back to the Riviera
A: The 63-65 Riviera's were totally cool in their day, and they still are. Brilliant styling, with a European look about them.
Q: The styling was the first thing.
A: Absolutely, those cars were cool, they looked cool, European, flowing lines, a luxury coupe by today's perspectives. The grille, hidden headlamps, small tailights.
Q: The nailhead
A: Obvious the nailhead, ideally with dual quads merely enhanced the coolness of the car. Remember that 50 years ago nailheads had a hot rodding history too.
A: The dash for its day was stunning with the center of the dash and console, wood paneling, and an almost 4 bucket seat layout.
Q: You could almost put a center screen like today's cars.
A: Precisely...really cool dash for the day.
Q: Its was not a sports coupe.
A: Buicks by their DNA were cruisers, and the Riviera was the ultimate cruising coupe.
Q: We heard rumours that at one time you were looking for a Riviera.
A: Yes...casually looking, and never landing on the right car, the right opportunity, the right deal. Its like the pieces of the puzzle never wanted to fit.
Q: Then life progresses, and other priorities take center stage.
A: Yes...and just imagine old Rivieras in Montreal, and corrosion, need I say more.
Q: But its still a cool car
A: Absolutely, a 63-65 Riviera from my perspective is still a a very desirable cool car.