Wheels in the Grass
by Jim Corbran - posted 8:38 pm, June 23, 2010
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?
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