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In the late 1950s, GM began to feel the need for a personal luxury car to compete with the highly successful Ford Thunderbird—a uniquely styled, two-door, four-passenger car with an image of both comfort and performance. The design that became the first Riviera was created as a Cadillac model, the XP-715. Its styling was reportedly inspired by GM styling Chief Bill Mitchell’s visit to London during the period, when he was struck by the sight of an elegant, custom-bodied Rolls Royce in the fog. He later said that “knife-edged” styling was what he wanted for the new model, but with a lower profile and a bit of Ferrari thrown in for performance. The design itself was penned by stylist Ned Nickels. I came across this nice example of the iconic 1965 Buick Riviera that is in running condition, but has not been driven in some time (it should be completely serviced before extended driving to ensure reliability and safety and with our filming schedule, we’re unable to perform any additional work on this car-sold as is/where is) the engine fires right to life and (after a brief burnout) a short drive reveals a solid car in fairly original condition (except for the dual exhausts exiting the side that produce a deep exhaust note) that would benefit from some cosmetic TLC.
The exterior is in good condition with a finish that is still glossy but showing its age with evidence of some paint work,nicks, scratches and minor corrosion behind the rear wheel openings (see all pics). And if you need to know why not to store a bowling ball on a shelf in your garage see the rt. front fender pics where a bowling ball fell on it in the garage! The interior is complete and in pretty good condition with all of the wood trim present but needing to be refinished. Power seats are in good condition along with the carpet, headliner and door panels (again, see all pics). Underside pics reveal a solid platform with minor superficial corrosion present. This is a rare opportunity to own a good example of the iconic 1965 Buick Riviera!