Wheels in the Grass
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:01 am, April 30, 2012
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.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know