Big Shoes To Fill: 1966 Buick Riviera 25K Mile Survivor – Sold!

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

From a styling perspective, the redesigned 1966 Buick Riviera had big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of the gorgeous ’63-’65 models.  The longer, wider, and heavier redesign such as the 25K original mile example on Craigslist in Milltown, New Jersey was still a stylish personal luxury car in its own right.   The current caretaker has their low mileage Riviera offered for $9,000, which a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Riviera priced $300 above the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $8,700.  Retaining its cruciform “X” frame and powertrain, Buick launched its second-generation Riviera for the 1966 model year with a longer, wider, and 200 pounds heavier body.  With hidden headlights, concealed windshield wipers, and no side vent windows, the ’66 Riviera had a very sleek and clean look despite being such a large car.

For the interior, Buick replaced the original car’s four-place interior with a choice of bucket seats or conventional bench seats as standard equipment, making the Riviera a full six-passenger car for the first time. Optionally available was a Strato-bench seat with armrest or Strato bucket seats with either a short consolette or a full-length operating console with a “horseshoe” shaped floor shifter and storage compartment, the latter of which the example featured here come equipped with.  Sales for 1966 rebounded to 45,308, a new record.

Here’s a one-minute TV Commercial we found from 1966 describing the redesigned second-generation Riviera:


We love the fact the current caretaker not only brought this low-mileage survivor back from the brink, he proceeded to double the miles on it by taking several road trips with it during that time.  Unfortunately, the seller does not provide any decent full-size photographs of his Riv, however, the pictures he does provide show a very solid example you can enjoy showing and touring with on all but the hottest days in the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) Preservation class.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Purchased four years ago with 12,000 miles and brought back to life. New exhaust dual port master cylinder and booster with proportioning valve water pump and brakes including cylinders. Rebuilt original carburetor and driveshaft also rebuilt by Mr. driveshaft. This low miles beauty has been to Boston and Corona Outer Banks via a side trip to Amelia Va. A pleasure to drive and it turns heads everywhere it goes. Original paint needs work but no rust old Bondo. A true survivor. Asking $9k and well worth it. Highly optioned car. Wood steering wheel, console with floor shifter bucket seats, with headrests first year available. AM/FM stereo with AC Delco antenna booster, Factory mag wheels with all center caps intact, backseat seatbelts(1st year option) deluxe interior with power windows and 17 inch chrome air cleaner. Purchased from a collector in South Carolina who stored it for 25 years. 340 hp 465 foot pounds of torque and 140 mile an hour speedo. Comes with a lot of paperwork and copies of original title. Sorry NO A/C. No brokers no shipping unless deal is made face-to-face then I will be glad to help you. Cash only.

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