We were pleased to find this triple blue 1972 Buick Riviera for sale here on Craigslist in West Babylon, New York where the seller currently has it listed for $14,500. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide, the private seller has his car listed $1,500 less than the #3 “Good” level of $16,000. We note that these stylish third generation Rivieras continue to appreciate in value.
The early part of the Malaise period (1972 to 1984) of the automotive industry still provided nicely styled cars even as performance was on the decline. Under GM Styling Chief Bill Mitchell’s direction, Jerry Hirshberg designed the radically different third generation Riviera with a flowing interpretation of Buick’s signature “Sweepspear” combined with a C2-Corvette inspired rear window integrated into dramatic “boat tail” styling. All of these elements combined to make these Rivieras look like they were moving when standing still and we personally think the styling actually gets better as time moves on. While power was on the decline due to lower compression ratios, the ample torque the standard 455 cubic inch V8 produced still moved the 4,200 pound Riviera from 0-60 miles per hour in a respectable-for-the-period eight seconds.
The private seller reports his 75k mile Riviera is a “very nice driver with exceptional paint and interior” and that his car “runs and drives beautifully, tires are new, brakes are newer.” While he admits the engine could use a detail, we appreciate the seller providing undercarriage photos proving how solid his Riviera is.
The seller reports that every gadget on this highly optioned example works but states that the factory air conditioning could likely use a recharge. He does not state whether his car has been converted from the original Freon to R-134A refrigerant, so that’s something you’ll need to confirm with him.
We absolutely love this triple blue example and won’t be surprised if it sells quickly. This is a stylish early seventies in a great color combination that will get you noticed at every show you drive it to. Good luck with the purchase!