24k Mile Survivor: 1969 Buick Riviera GS

This 1969 Buick Riviera GS is a nice 2nd Generation car that appears to have been well cared for. It presents extremely well and has attracted its share of attention since being listed for sale. Located in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, bidding has now reached $21,100, but the reserve hasn’t been met. You will find the Riviera listed for sale here on eBay.

The owner claims that the Riviera has covered a genuine 24,000 miles, and while he doesn’t mention any documentary evidence to back this claim, the general condition of the car definitely makes this claim appear to be feasible. The car looks to be free of any rust, and while the owner does mention a few minor dings and marks, these don’t really stand out in the photos. The car just looks clean and tidy, with the paint shining very nicely.

The interior of the Buick also presents well, with the only real visible fault being some discoloration of the wheel center. The upholstery, plastic trim, and carpet all look to be spotless. The Buick also comes equipped with power windows, power locks, power seats, air conditioning, cruise control, and an 8-track player. That should make it a pleasant place to spend some time while the car effortlessly devours the miles.

Under the hood, you get a 430ci V8 and an automatic transmission. With 360hp on tap, the Riviera GS is a surprisingly spritely performer for a car that tips the scales at 4,354lbs. The fact that it can cover the standing ¼ mile in 15.2 seconds indicates that it is effective at putting the power to the pavement. The owner says that the car runs and drives nicely, and this is another claim that I find easy to believe.

As an original and unrestored Riviera GS with 24,000 miles on the clock, this is a pretty special car. It presents well, and it could be expected to fetch a pretty healthy price. It is extremely difficult to find an original example for under $25,000, while $35,000 or more is not unusual. I like this car, and while I can’t really afford to buy it, I am going to watch this auction with interest. Are you going to watch, or do you like this Riviera enough to bid?

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  1. NotSure Member

    My heart(tiny and cold as it is) is hammering, my eyes are rolling back into my “Space Available “ skull and I’m drooling enough to sponsor a canoe outing. Anyone want to lend me some cash? My mother has been ill, my dog ran away and my favorite bartender keeps mentioning an unpaid tab. But if I have this Buick, my mom will get better, my dog will return home and I’ll be able to drive to a different tavern… Any lenders out there to hear my plea?

  2. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Yea, just… umm…

    Geez, this is a really nice car!

    It would not be the first thing I’d buy if cash were no object, but it would not be far down the list. A beauty!

  3. Ralph

    Very clean, this car the has very rare dealer installed Guide-Matic auto dimmer installed on the front fender. Cadillac was the only one that still offered it as a factory option, but Oldsmobile and Buick dealers listed the option as a dealer installed accessory.

    Though they got this non integrated “War of the Worlds” looking “pod” system where Cadillac had already hidden their auto dimmer since 1964. This was the same system GM would sell to other companies, Lincolns used this same auto dimmer on their cars through the early 70’s, you often see Mark III’s with this same Guide manufactured fender mounted dimmer eye.

    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Good eye Ralph, nice to see it did not get broken off over the years. My buddy had an early Mark, I think a 1971, his was mounted on the parcel shelf.

      • Ralph

        If it was on the rear shelf, you’re thinking of the lamp monitors which told you if the rear lights were working, the Mark’s had the auto dimmer where this Riviera has it but a little closer to windshield.

      • leiniedude leiniedude Member

        Thanks Ralph, a long time gone by. Mike.

    • John Taylor

      Thanks Ralph, not having seen those, what I wonder was a light down here in Australia or New Zealand. So thank you for the education on that. Cheers, John

  4. Skorzeny

    Beautiful, I love Buicks. I would lose the whitewalls and consider a 4 speed though.

    • Ralph

      Though there really wasn’t a 4 speed for the Riviera…..they were all automatic.

  5. stillrunners

    Yep..nice !

  6. Will Fox

    If I were in the market for a 2nd gen Riviera, I’d look no further. color is just right (neutral) and optioned the way I would’ve ordered one. Being a GS is a serious plus IMHO. And it even has the Wildcat 5-spoke mags. yes, I’d leave the whitewalls because ‘that’s the way they were’. I wouldn’t change a thing. Gorgeous!

    • local_sheriff

      I’m happy(read:surprised) I’m not the only one in love with that color! Think it suits this Riv very well, once again it proves my theory on earth-toned cars and survival rates.
      Though the vinyl roof doesn’t look bad this GS would look much better without it

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  8. Paul

    This is a great car….very good looking. This was a well built car for 1969.

  9. Miguel

    It is odd to see these sell for so much.

    For years and years they had no value whatsoever.

    Who knew?

  10. Karl

    Perception is interesting, I look at this HUGE car then see the weight OMG it over 4k pounds, then I think a second my wife drives a Audi A6 nice little car but it over 4k pounds also!

    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      Many large SUV’s trip into the 5K# territory, and some notables are over 3 tons!

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