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Wheels in the Grass

1956 Buick Special Riviera 4-dr, Buffalo, N.Y.

This two-toned 1956 Buick Special Riviera four-door was spotted recently in a lot on Genesee Street over on Buffalo’s East Side. The two-toning was typical of the time; Buick did it one better by splitting the two colors into three layers. And speaking of two-tones, I just had to include the brochure photo of the station wagon — how ’bout that color combination?

brochure photo: '56 Special Riviera 4-dr

Riviera was Buick’s early designation for its two- and four-door hardtops. It wouldn’t be used for a separate model until 1963, when it helped usher in GM’s personal luxury category. The ’56 Special Riviera hardtop sedan listed for $2,528, and a total of 91,025 of them were built that year. The silver-and-yellow Special station wagon carried an MSRP of $3,256. The Special was Buick’s lowest-price series in 1956; next up were: Super, Century, and Roadmaster. Like Riviera, Buick would use the Special, Century, and Roadmaster names later on for different sized cars (compact,mid-sized, and “luxo-barge”).

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

brochure photo: '56 Buick Special wagon


  • ken biringer

    Hey Jim,

    I found one for you. It’s a 1950 or 51 Chevy flatbed truck. It sits on Rt 240 just south of Genesee Road in East Concord. It even has a for sale sign in the window

    • Jim Corbran

      I’ll have to check it out next time I’m in that neck of the woods. Thanks.