Buick Riviera – it’s a car that was produced by the American company General Motors under the Buick brand in early 60s until late 70s. In total, the entire history of long-lasting release 1,127,261 cars acquired its owners. Riviera model is considered the highest achievement of the Buick division in the genre of personal luxury supercars.
In 1965-1966 Riviera was produced with 2-door hardtop body. 1965 Buick Riviera built on the platform of E-body, but were narrower and shorter than the standard Buick cars based on this platform. Under the hood, the engine was a standard Buick V8 volume of 6.6 liters, which in conjunction with automatic transmission Twin Turbine developed the power up to 325 horsepower. The car accelerates to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. Buick Riviera could reach a maximum speed of 124 mph.
In 1965 was presented a new version of Gran Sport, which was completed with the new Super Wildcat 425 V8 engine and Super Turbine 400 transmission. In 1966, after minor changes in the exterior design, a record was achieved – 45,308 Buick Riviera cars of 1965/1966 model year were sold for one year at a cost of about 5 thousand dollars each.
1965 Buick Riviera review
Riviera model – the highest achievement in the genre of the Buick luxury coupe. The car was awarded the extravagant style and tremendous power abilities. The designers were challenged to combine the dynamics of Ferrari and Rolls-Royce respectability. The basis for the luxury coupe served as Oldsmobile Aurora model. At the rear roof lines doesn’t really reminds a Rolls-Royce much, but the front facing, especially checked styled grille reminds Ferraris of the late 60s.
In external Riviera had nothing to do with other Buick models of the era, although the frame was used the same of the most Buick cars, only shortened and narrowed. The model was produced exclusively as the coupé, thus becoming one of the pioneers of the nascent American class «personal luxury coupe» cars.
It is incomprehensible that Riviera has attracted widespread attention and became the flagship of the Buick model line, immediately securing success in the US.
1965 model year Riviera, along with changing the rear lights, had headlights hidden at the ends of the front wings, as was contemplated in the original design. In terms of size of the car, the wheelbase was 118,1 in, total length – 208,5 in, and weight – almost 4000 lbs.
1965 Buick Riviera interior
The impressive dimensions of the model provide the driver and passengers a comfortable accommodation in the lounge. Interior equipment is fully in line with the vehicle class.
The interior of the luxury Riviera 1965 features expensive trimming, lots of chrome and leather. Unlike many other muscle cars, mainly have the simpliest upholstery materials and doesn’t even have power windows and other devices providing comfort.
1965 Buick Riviera engines
The base engine was a 401-ci V8 engine with 325 horsepower, but adding just $50 you can order a 425-ci, developing 340 hp version. The engine is paired with a 3-speed automatic transmission. Refined suspension gave this rather massive car surprising liveliness. Anti-lock system providing effective braking.
1965 Buick Riviera performance
Depending on the choice of the main transmission 3-speed automatic Super Turbine 400, Riviera Gran Sport has a top speed of 115 mpg at 7.8-second acceleration, or 127 mph with acceleration up to a sixty in 8.1 seconds. Both of these options are non-standard and are offered only for the version of Riviera Gran Sport with a 360-horsepower Super Wildcat under the hood.
The first option was the 4-speed manual transmission (like on a full-size Wildcat model), which although has been available for installation at a charge, but was not included in the list of options offered for the Riviera.
The second option was an optional version of the Super Turbine 400 engine settings used on the same Wildcat. Conventional Riviera Sport Coupe completely treated with automatic main transfer 3.23, which made it possible, depending on the engine to reach speeds of 119-124 mph with acceleration to sixty of 8,2-8,7 seconds.