Ready To Roll: 1970 Buick Riviera

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Big, green, and just a little bit nasty. That’s what this 1970 Buick Riviera appears to be. It’s a tip from Jonny that put us onto this one, which resides in Newport, New Hampshire. It’s available here on eBay for a current bid just over $3000, with a week left to go in the auction. You might be interested to know that this one’s going for no reserve, so if you get all impulsive late at night and decide to try a bid, you might well be on the hook for the car.

What would you be getting? The Riviera first appeared in 1963, a personal luxury car. That’s personal, not small. This one represents the second generation, which ran from 1966-70. The car featured a redesign for this final model year before a more comprehensive re-do for the 1971-73 model years. The Riviera would ultimately have eight generations, ending in 1999. This early generation car shared a platform with a couple of front-wheel-drive corporate cousins, the Olds Toronado and the Cadillac Eldorado, but the Riv was saved that fate and sits on a rear-wheel-drive chassis.

This car is green, green everywhere, with a vinyl top that’s like the “Mod Tops” of paisley and other patterns available in the era on some Mopars. (The ad claims a “custom roof top,” so let’s go with that.) The paint is faded on top. But who cares? The seller claims that these panels have never had paint anywhere. That means no rust and no accident repair. Patina’s cool, or you can think of this as an easy resto since it hasn’t been mucked up by someone else’s surface prep.

The engine is listed as a V8, called a big block later in the ad, with 83,000 miles on it. One is left to assume that means the original big block, but that’s not stated. If so, it would be a 455-CID monster. The callout sticker on the air cleaner cover does indicate this displacement. The running condition is noted as follows in the ad: “Drives great. Great engine. Gears change as they should.” The brakes stick, but so what? The headliner needs to be replaced, but you get a new one as part of the sale. The rest of the interior is pretty decent. No word on AC, which might or might not be there and work. The underhood area looks about right for age and condition. The tires have the blue stuff on the whitewalls (turned inside), indicating a set of old rubber that’s been replaced. What else needs doing? Honestly, not a lot. This looks like a solid platform for the money, if it doesn’t go crazy in the bidding process.

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  1. Moparman MoparmanMember

    Put the whitewalls facing out, restore the exhaust to rear exit, install the headliner, add some TLC, (maybe live w/ the top) and cruise! GLWTA!! :-)

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  2. Craig Baloga Craig Baloga

    A green Riv with bazooka skirts… it!


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  3. Big C

    Possibly, the ugliest green in the GM paint spectrum.

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  4. Jonathan A Green

    If this was closer I’d be all over it, space for it at my house be damned.

    1970 Buicks are just about the best cars ever made, particularly with the 455…

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  5. CCFisher

    Neither the 1970 brochure nor period ads make mention of a vinyl top like this. I believe the seller calls it “custom” because it is. I’m no fan of the “groovy” late 60s/early 70s greens, but with a green body and interior, this one needs a green vinyl top, which is likely how it was originally built.

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  6. Maggy

    With a reall nice car like this and you want to sell it …wouldn’t you go thru the brakes to make sure they stop as should? Maybe it’s me but it makes no sense not to repair the brakes especially if you might be letting someone test drive it .Exhaust has gotta go too.Blackwalls look cool.Gives it a stealthy look imo.

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  7. Chris Cornetto

    This is one to buy. A 70 455 is boss. I had one of these briefly years back and I wish I had kept it. Smooth, peppy for a big car. Mine was gold with the bucket seat floor shift option. I like these better than the boat tails. The best look and best performance of this body run.

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  8. chrlsful

    this or toranado in 1st gen are the tops for GM (well ’56/60 vette, ’63) in styling in my mind. Then again, I’m an ol man (liked them in the day. Not 2nd gen.s) Always imagined them right off the sales fl touring the Continent w/the offerings they over there. Love to see the looks, chat w/the observers there’n then.

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