BUICK RIVIERA (1965-70)
2-door 4-seater fixed-head coupé.
Stylist Bill Mitchell's 'personal' Buick, a straight Ford T-Bird competitor in its second generation from autumn 1965. Ran on 119ins separate chassis, with coil spring ifs and vast, powerful V8 engine. Same basic body as front-drive Cadillac Eldorado, but different skin panels, having characteristic wing crown 'kick-up' over rear wheels. 130mph possible in all models, so front discs (optional for 1968) were essential. Only one body style throughout, with 7-litre engine for 1968, 7.4 litres for 1970 only. Replaced by new style for 1971.