The Buick Riviera remains one of the prettier cars to come out of Detroit, but they don’t often stay that way as the years wear on. This Riviera comes with the desirable Gran Sport package but has been stored for so long that it’s becoming a bigger project than the price tag might indicate. Find it here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $14,500.
First, the good news: the Riviera appears to be quite solid on the inside, which is a huge plus given the interior is a very nice place to spend time if kept in good shape. Plus, there’s plenty of surfaces and materials that can begin to deteriorate if stored in damp or exposed conditions. The Riviera still strikes me as a high-point in American design and execution, which is why it’s a shame this one has been stored in a barn with a porous roof.
The seller says it will need paint due to the roof conditions, but check out that engine bay – holy heck, that’s a lot of surface rust. I know surface-level corrosion isn’t the end of the world, but anyone who wants to restore this car is going to have to remove many, many pieces of the motor for re-conditioning. And since the engine is the heart and soul of the Gran Sport package, this is one area the next owner will not want to skimp on.
The seller is asking for nearly $15K to own this project, and based on the feedback comments in the listing, it appears some buyers have taken issue with the price. The seller has responded that he’s received multiple offers, but apparently none close enough to the listed number to get the job done. If I were closer, I’d love to see what else is in this storage area and parked alongside the Riviera. In the meantime, what do you think it will take to bring this GS back to top form?