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History of the 1966-1970 Buick Riviera
Clean, flowing lines marked the 1966 Buick Riviera as a marvelously pure example of automotive design. The car's 119-inch wheelbase chassis was a rear-drive variant of the new perimeter-frame design used by the contemporary 1966 front-wheel-drive Oldsmobile Toronado. A 340-hp Buick “nailhead” V-8 was standard in all 1966 Rivieras. The Gran Sport option now consisted of appearance and handling items.
With only minor exterior changes, the 1967 Riviera featured a new Buick 430 V-8. The Gran Sport package officially became “GS” equipment. For 1969, AccuDrive and variable ratio power steering made Riviera an even greater road car.
The restyled 1970 Riviera offered a retrospective take on swoopy French cars of the 1930s. This bit of design whimsy resulted in an uncharacteristically baroque Riviera; a fully dressed ’70, with its sweeping moldings and rear skirts. Under the hood was the high-compression 370-hp, 455-cid, V-8. Condition is everything when selecting a 1966-70 Riviera for collector purposes as their clean forms do not suffer blemishes well. Exceptional cars are rare, breathtakingly beautiful and sure to enjoy continued appreciation.
1966 Buick Riviera Info
2dr Sport Coupe
8-cyl. 425cid/360hp 2x4bbl
8-cyl. 425cid/340hp 4bbl
Curb Weight: 4180 lbs.
Length: 211.2 in.
Wheel Base: 119 in.
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