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YAK Car Pic of the Day

’72 Buick Riviera, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Found this 1972 Buick Riviera boattail sitting in front of a Niagara Falls repair shop one rainy day a while back. One could only hope it was there for paint. A few days later it was gone, and I haven’t seen it since. Boattail? Why’d they call it that? Take a look at the rear end photo below.

there’s yer boat tail…

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…


  • MaxPlanck

    I always thought these cars were an example of GM’s failure to properly supervise its design staff. It’s an excessive machine from any angle and not a very good one, either. Maybe adding the ‘boat tail’ was their way of saying, “Yes, this car is a boat.” Compared to the sheer beauty of the ’63-’67 Rivieras, this one was a real step down in my book, just as Ford did to the T-Birds of the same era,

    • Jim Corbran

      Max, and the Riv’s lower sales figures back you up. The 1971’s were the first boat tails, and sales were down from the previous year, which was the fifth iteration of it’s 1966 restyle. It’s never good news when sales are down for a total restyle.