1965 was a very popular year for the Buick Riviera. This was the first year of the second generation of the car, and if it wasn’t for the nameplate some people would not think that the 1965 and the 1966 were both Rivieras. In fact, the Riviera was completely redesigned for the 1966 model year to give it a new look that was more current with the times. Though it did retain its cruciform frame, typical power train, and brake style, the 1965 Buick Riviera wore a longer, wider, more curvaceous body that modernized the iconic and basically revolutionary “sweep spear” inspired belt line introduced in the previous generation. This was the embodiment of this look and it was instantly and immensely popular.
For the 1965 Buick Riviera, this generation shared its basic platform with the Oldsmobile Toronado, and, just a year later, with the Cadillac Eldorado too, yet the differences between those three cars was still immensely noticeable. For the 1966 Buick Riviera, the car’s headlamps remained concealed, but new for 1966 they now pivoted up above the grille when not in use by the driver.
The 1965 Buick Riviera was unique in many ways that all added to its popularity. Unlike the Toronado and Eldorado, the Riviera retained a conventional rear wheel drive layout that was popular and affordable. Looking to the inside of the car to see the changes that were made the four-place cabin with front and rear bucket seats and a strong center console was replaced by a choice of either bucket seats or conventional bench seats as standard equipment for the impressive car, making the Riviera a full six-passenger car for the first time ever in its history, and effectively making it one of the first time ever cars that had six passenger seating in a normal, sedan car.
The 1965 Buick Riviera was very popular and was instantly liked and admired by all who appreciated the Buicks of the 1969s. In fact, sales for 1965 rebounded to 45,308, a new record. Now, the cars are easily just as popular as they were back then if not more so. The 1965 Buick Riviera has a great look and an impressive array of options that make it very comfortable and very practical. All in all, a great car and a great choice for any classic enthusiast.
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- Condition: Excellent
- Exterior Color: Tan
- Interior Color: Black
- Transmission: Automatic