Blurred Beauty: 1983 Buick Riviera Convertible – Sold?

by | Jul 2021 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

August 18, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

While Lee Iacocca gets credit for bringing back American convertibles at the beginning of model year 1982, Buick gets the nod for being the first domestic automaker to offer a modern, downsized version of the classic land yacht later that same year. A prime example is this white over burgundy leather 1983 Riviera currently originally listed in July 20215 on Craigslist in Amity Harbor, New York (Long Island) with just under 90K miles, rebuilt A/C, and new tires offered at $15,000 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Riviera priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $14,200 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $19,600. Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $12,200 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,300.

Hoping to capitalize on pent-up demand for a true four-seat convertible (while the Chrysler LeBaron convertible technically offered a back seat, the rear was not exactly a roomy place for even one person to sit), Buick contracted with American Sunroof Corporation (“ASC”) to convert hardtop Rivieras into drop-tops.  The end product was a stunner that offered interior room comparable with the coupe it was based on.  Unfortunately, the $24,000 price tag, the equivalent of $64,000 today, limited the take rate to just a few thousand select buyers.

The Osborne Tramain YouTube Channel features this General Motors Halo commercial from 1982 where they feature the Buick Riviera convertible:

This Riviera appears to be a nice survivor quality example with the more desirable V8 engine. However, the combination of what is likely a scratched phone camera lens combined with pictures taken during the middle of the day makes the car appear blurry in the photographs provided. From what we can tell though, the interior leather is well-preserved.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Very nice example of a rare classic all-American large luxury convertible. 4 new Vogue Gold Stripe tires, new A/C, everything works as it should and drives great. Good and trunk have been repainted due to fading. The top is approximately 6 years old and in great shape.

Show or go: what would you do with this Buick Riviera convertible?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Anonymous

    These pics have softer focus than Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting

    • JimmyinTEXAS

      LOL, I thought I wasn’t yet in focus until re-looking at the pictures later in the day…


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