The Buick Riviera is a very important and special automobile as it was one of the first projects created under the leadership of the legendary specialist Bill Mitchell. It was an elegant automobile with well-proportioned lines with sharp creases and a minimum of bright trim. These personal sports luxury coupes had bucket seats and a potent Nailhead V-8 engine mated to a smooth Dynaflow transmission.
This particular example is painted in Sapphire Blue with a luxurious interior upholstered entirely in white leather. There are period accessories such as a pair of trumpet horns mounted under the hood, simulated wire wheel covers and a liquid-filled compass mounted on the instrument panel. The prior owners of this car had it in their possession for two decades and campaigned it extensively on the Midwestern show circuit.
This car has a 401 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine with overhead valves and a Carter AFB 4-Barrel carburetor. The 325 horsepower is sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. There are four-wheel hydraulic 'Al-Fin' drum brakes and a double wishbone front suspension with a live rear-axle setup.
In 2009, this first-generation Buick Riviera was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was expected to sell for $25,000 - $35,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for a high bid of $30,800 including buyer's premium.