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Wheels in the Grass

'65 Buick Riviera, Lewiston, N.Y.

The restyling cues on this 1965 Buick Riviera focused mainly on the lights. Headlights got moved from in front of the grille to behind pods at the outer ends of the grille, where previously the turn signals resided, while the taillights got moved into the rear bumper. I’m not a fan of the front end of the ’65 Riv, especially with the pods opened (and even more especially when one of them malfunctions and opens only partially — see above photo). The original 1963 Riviera has appeared on many Best Styled Car lists over the decades since it first appeared, and it seems that buyers agreed, scooping up 40,000 units that first year — a number which would continually drop until the totally restyled 1966 models appeared. This example is trying to hide in the town of Lewiston; it’s one of 34,586 which were produced, with a starting price of $4,408.

comfy-looking leather-grained vinyl; just don't poke your eye out on that shifter

restored example

light-hearted humor

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Max Planck

    That’s got to be one of the sleekest looking machines that every came off of GM’s design boards.