Because it's Monday: Here's a Buick Riviera to Cheer You Up

I think it’s pretty indisputable that the original Buick Riviera is one of the world’s most beautiful cars, and quite possibly the most handsome ride America has ever produced. Its allure reaches across different groups of car nuts, from those who appreciate classic American iron for its original role exemplifying American extravagance to Lowriders who love it for its style and X-frame foundation. That GM innovation created a generation of cars that were lower and sleeker than their perimeter frame predecessors, as well as a perfect basis for adding hydraulics to let the car ride at nearly any height.
That’s just what this 1965 Buick Riviera “Black Tuxedo” has, and whether or not you appreciate the Lowrider aesthetic (I do) you’ll certainly love the look of this Riviera no matter what its altitude. Check it out in al its HD glory right after the jump.
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  1. linkpin Avatar

    Timely…I took this photo yesterday! Always loved the look of these Rivieras.

    1. desmo Avatar

      Opel Diplomat Coupé was a copycat of the marvellous Riviera. Those were the days when germans copied american cars. They even added a vinyl roof because they thought it might look more ´murican and way cooler. It didn´t.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        But they got a 327ci American V8, (and De Dion rear suspension like an Alfa, Aston Martin or Rover P6)

      2. Sean McMillan Avatar
        Sean McMillan

        I’m not seeing the Riviera influence, to me it looks more like a Nova with a Chevelle roof.

        1. Rover 1 Avatar
          Rover 1

          The Opel Diplomat CD by Bitter was nicer, and Eric Bitter’s first car. Note the shared wheels.

  2. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Not an aficionado of air-ride. It’s just a bit… inevitable.
    The rest I dig. I dig hard.

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    Got to hand it to the owner that mostly original looks and that fantastic paint to get lost in are very well done. The lifting bits look a bit like fits, I’d prefer a more organic, citroënesque movement. Or, honestly, just springs and a fully functional boot.

  4. Alff Avatar

    Love this; has nothing to do with the lows.

  5. salguod Avatar

    Coolest hidden headlights ever.

  6. Cool_Cadillac_Cat Avatar

    “Those work?”
    No…no they don’t.

  7. Moparmann Avatar

    I’ve always liked the combination of whitewalls and mag wheels, just for that different look. IMO, the exhaust pipes, even though chromed, add a “heaviness” to the rear that I find unappealing. I feel they should be tucked up out of sight, except for the tips. I’m somewhat neutral on the hydraulics, but the operation is too “herky-jerky” and not smooth as befitting this car. Just my $0.0
    2 worth! 🙂

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