Black Boattail: 1973 Buick Riviera 43K – SOLD!

by | Mar 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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April 8, 2024, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “ClassiFIND” deleted their listing, so we can now call this one “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.

March 5, 2024 Update – The seller replaced their expiring Craigslist ad with a fresh listing.  The pictures, description, and asking price all remain the same.

The Malaise Era (our definition is 1972 to 1984) of automotive design was not all doom and gloom. General Motors designers in particular developed a number of great designs. One of my personal favorites from that era was the third generation Buick Riviera. Produced for only three model years from 1971 to 1973, the “Boattail” Riviera generation is arguably the most avant-garde design of any car produced in the early 1970s. From the exaggerated “Sweepspear” chararcter line flanking the car’s sides to the C2 Corvette Stingray inspired rear fastback window, the third generation Buick Riviera remains a stunning land yacht, particularly from the rear three-quarter view.

This Black over Tan 1973 Buick Riviera For Sale, first spotted on Craigslist in Beverly Hills, California in January 2024, is a reported to be a 42,512 original mile example featuring its original, numbers-matching 455 cubic inch V8, working factory air conditioning, and full power options.  We stop short of calling this Buick Riviera for sale a “Survivor” as the seller notes their car benefits from one respray at some point.

Last offered for $27,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all third generation Buick Rivieras produced between 1971 and 1973.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $18,100 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $28,200.

The 1973 Buick Riviera is a classic American luxury car that epitomizes the design and engineering ethos of its era. Produced by General Motors under its Buick division, the Riviera of this vintage represents a culmination of automotive craftsmanship, technological innovation, and style.

The 1973 Buick Riviera showcases a distinctive exterior design characterized by its long hood, short deck proportions, and sweeping lines. At the front, it features a bold, vertically stacked grille flanked by quad headlights, which were integrated seamlessly into the fenders. The body contours flow gracefully from the front to the rear, accentuated by chrome trimmings and sculpted panels. The car sits on a long wheelbase, providing ample interior space while maintaining a sleek profile.

Under the hood, the 1973 Riviera was equipped with a range of powerful engine options. The standard powerplant was a 455 cubic inch (7.5-liter) V8 engine, which delivered impressive performance figures for its time. This engine was capable of producing around 250 horsepower and a substantial amount of torque, providing brisk acceleration and effortless cruising on the highway. The Riviera was also available with optional engine upgrades, including a high-performance Stage 1 variant, which boasted even more power and torque for enthusiasts seeking an exhilarating driving experience.

Power from the engine was transmitted to the rear wheels through a smooth-shifting automatic transmission. The Riviera featured a robust drivetrain setup designed to deliver power efficiently while maintaining refinement and comfort. The transmission offered seamless gear changes, contributing to the car’s effortless cruising characteristics and overall driving dynamics. Additionally, the Riviera was equipped with a sophisticated rear-wheel-drive configuration, which provided excellent traction and stability under various driving conditions.

Inside the cabin, the 1973 Buick Riviera offered a luxurious and comfortable environment for both driver and passengers. The interior was appointed with premium materials, including soft-touch surfaces, plush upholstery, and woodgrain accents, reflecting Buick’s commitment to craftsmanship and refinement. The cabin was spacious, with ample legroom and headroom for occupants, making long journeys a pleasure. The Riviera also came equipped with a host of convenience features and amenities, such as power-adjustable seats, air conditioning, power windows, and a high-quality audio system, ensuring a first-class driving experience.

In terms of safety, the 1973 Riviera was equipped with advanced features for its time, including front disc brakes, which provided reliable stopping power, even in emergency situations. The car also featured a sturdy body structure designed to absorb and dissipate impact energy in the event of a collision, enhancing occupant protection. While not as advanced as modern vehicles, the Riviera’s safety features were considered state-of-the-art in the early 1970s, reflecting Buick’s commitment to driver and passenger safety.

The 1973 Buick Riviera remains a highly sought-after classic car among collectors and enthusiasts today. Its timeless design, powerful performance, and luxurious amenities continue to captivate automotive enthusiasts, cementing its status as an icon of American automotive history. Well-preserved examples of the 1973 Riviera command premium prices on the collector car market, reflecting its enduring appeal and cultural significance. Whether admired for its design elegance, performance prowess, or historical significance, the 1973 Buick Riviera continues to hold a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts around the world.

The 93Maniac YouTube Channel features this 1973 Buick Riviera commercial:

Based on the excellent pictures provided, this black over tan 1973 Buick Riviera for sale appears to be a nicely preserved rust-free California that needs nothing currently other than a new caretaker to enjoy it.

If you are serious about buying this Buick Riviera, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Boattail Riv featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Buick Riviera Boattail fully loaded
All original car only has 1 respray
Matching numbers 455 4 barrel
Th 400 transmission
12 bolt differential
Disc brakes
Power steering power brakes
Working Ac
Electric seats and windows
No rust Clean title

Show or go: What would you do with this repainted 1973 Buick Riviera for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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