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1979 Buick Riviera

The Buick Riviera was all-new for 1979, featuring a new design and re-engineered to front-wheel drive. It shared mechanical details with the Cadillac Eldorado and the Oldsmobile Toronado. The design featured full-cut wheel openings, sweeping quarter panels, and a fully independent suspension. The design had a raked-back front end and squared-off roofline. In the front was a grille that was comprised of vertical bars that sloped slightly outward and was divided into eight sections by slightly wider bars. Quad headlights were in the front and 'Riviera' scripts could be found throughout the vehicle.

Two versions of the luxurious Riviera were available, a V8 coupe which sold for $10,100 and a S Type Coupe which sold for $10,400. The S Type had a turbocharged V-6 engine that was fitted with four-barrel carburetion. It produced 170 horsepower. The V8 engine was a 5.7 liter unit that offered 160 horsepower.

The Riviera had many features, adding to its luxurious appeal, including a Delco AM/FM stereo radio with power antenna, power windows, power brakes and steering, six-way power driver's seat, digital clock, air conditioning, Soft-Ray tinted glass, automatic transmission, side-window defrosters, cornering lights, and automatic level control. Front discs in the front were standard and rear discs could be purchased for an additional sum.

As would be expected, the Riviera could be purchased with a wide variety of options including padded Landau top with coach lamps in roof pillars, electric sunroof, glass Astroroof, digital speedometer and fuel gauge.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012

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The Buick Riviera is a nameplate that was used for many decades by the Buick Company, lasting from 1963 through 1999 with total production reaching 1,127,261. The Buick Company has been in business since 1902 actually David Dunbar Buick had a company that affixed porcelain to cast iron. In 1899 the plumbing business was sold and the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company was formed. The purpose of this....
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1979 Riviera
$10,110-$109,806
1979 Buick Riviera Base Price : $10,110

$5,075 - $6,220

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Buick
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)987,980
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)808,416
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)739,984
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)856,996
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)854,011
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)727,275
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)803,187
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)845,234
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)737,466
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)481,768
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)495,063

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