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Wheels in the grass

1972 Buick Riviera

1972 Buick Riviera

Driving down Rt. 5 through Silver Creek this morning I came across this 1972 Buick Riviera. (Sometimes, as you can see, cars are more in the grass than other times.) Boattail Rivieras they called them, for obvious reasons. The pointy back bumper and trunklid, along with the “facing-the-sky” rear window made for an interesting design. This car looked to be in pretty good shape; a little rust here and there, but overall, not too bad.

The boattail bowed for the 1971 model year, and had minor changes made to it the following two years. 1974 saw a more conventional-looking rear end grafted on, which in my opinion made it look just like any other large GM car of the day — pretty UGLY!! A far cry from the original Riviera of 1963, which is still looked on fondly as an automotive styling benchmark.


1963 Buick Riviera

1963 Buick Riviera

Official 1972 publicity photo

Official 1972 publicity photo

Come on back every Wednesday evening as we find another set of wheels in the grass.