An elderly gentleman told me that since I was interested in classic cars that he had an old Buick that had not run for ten years. He described it as a four door sedan, all tires flat, mice infested with the head liner eaten by the rodents. Rusty bumpers and trim. Leaking back window with moldy interior trim. No brakes and poor paint. With this description in mind, I was not anxious to drive an hour to check it out.
I would see the owner many times over the next year and finally just to be polite I told him I would stop and check it out. Boy was I glad I did.
The car was a 1957 Buick Super Riviera, two door hardtop in very solid condition. What's a few mice when you come upon a great car.
In short order we struck a very fair deal and the car was pulled out of the storage hut where it had sat for eleven years as attested by the state safety inspection. The brakes had frozen up and the power brake booster needed refreshing. A new headliner, shampoo and deodorize the interior. Re-chrome the bright work, complete tune up, detail under hood and trunk, repair back window leak and trim,new exhaust and a host of other minor problems and we now have a real nice driver. ( photos of repairs available )
This past summer we took the Buick on many weekend tours including a trip from Cape Cod and up north through New Hampshire and Vermont. We covered 1300 miles in four days with no problems whatsoever. The car runs like new, no play in the front end and it cruises well in excess of the posted speed limits. We enjoyed 14 mpg on the highway.
As my wife described it when it came home on the flat bed, it was an old man's car. She now enjoys driving around with me in this old man's 57 Buick Super.
Larry and Vivian Perry
835 Hay Road
Eastham, MA 02642