Time to own the trump card at every survivor show. When was the last time you saw a 1986 Buick Riviera? Now think about one that has its original red paint looking amazing, a pristine white vinyl top, cool interior upgrades, and has averaged less than 500 miles annually. This is a very special personal luxury coupe indeed.
One look, and it truly feels like 1986 all over again. The Flame Red paint retains its showroom shine, so you can tell there has been nothing but care in this Buick’s life. But more than just sophisticated factory paintwork, the luxury is in the details, too. The white pinstriping runs as an unbroken line around the full straight sheetmetal. And this does a great job of coordinating with the white vinyl top to give you a thoughtful uniform appearance. Bi-level chrome bumpers, stylized “R” hood ornament, wire wheel covers, and a waterfall grille, all are great styling cues from the Riviera’s history, but this one has a sleek style all its own. While the public wasn’t ready for the smaller size that debuted this year it meant it wasn’t quite as popular as its other generations. But today that makes this one of the rarest versions out there, and it has a wheelbase that promotes better handling.
These were top of the line Buicks that reached into Cadillac territory, so a rich red velvet-like cloth awaits you inside. The full package still looks amazing, because after all, ultra-low mileage also means little seat time. The handsome bucket seats strike a nice balance between armchair comfortable and individual support. This is a loaded luxury vehicle with power windows, power locks, power mirrors, and cruise control. But as you can see from the pictures, this is more than just great features. There’s cool technology, too. Many of the components are button-operated, and they surround the digital speedometer. Your air conditioning, AM/FM/cassette stereo, and information on the car are all controlled through a futuristic (especially for the day) touchscreen display in the center of the dash. Yes, you can get factory touchscreen controls in a car from 1986!
One of Buick’s most durable and well-developed engines, the fuel-injected 3.8-liter V6 is torquey, efficient, and reliable. This is the original factory engine, and it has been maintained to make sure it delivers the kind of power and poise you expect from a personal luxury Buick. The four-speed automatic overdrive transmission gives it great off-the-line response and pleasant highway manners. Add in a fully independent suspension that’s supple yet athletic, power steering, front disc brakes, and the ideal wheelbase of this generation, and you get a competent car that loves the grand touring experience.
Complete with owner’s manual this Riviera is luxurious, preserved, and above all, quite interesting. It’s time to attract all the right attention in a very affordable time capsule. Call now!!