1969 Buick Riviera

With its long, sleek look, concealed headlights and distinct nose, there is no doubt that the 1969 Buick Riviera is a cool looking car.

This particular car has been in the same family its whole life and is mostly original except for one repaint in the original color back in 1998. It is certainly a bit of a time capsule. Originally purchased by a guy that worked in the Buick factory in Flint, MI where the car was built, who also went on to collect Buicks after his retirement - you know this was a loved car.

This view shows the great lines of the Riviera and it also highlights the optional vinyl roof (original to this car costing an additional $128 when new).

1969 Buick Riviera Rear

Stylish rear

As a personal luxury car the Riviera came with power steering and power brakes as standard. 

1969 Buick Riviera Interior

All vinyl interior

Inside is all original including the carpets. The dash is in great shape with the dash pad showing no cracks or ripping - quite rare as they can be quite susceptible to daylight causing the plastic to become brittle. The rear seats look like they have barely been sat in.

1969 Buick Riviera Rear seats

Original rear seats

Under the hood is the biggest engine Buick offered, as was standard in the Riviera, the 430 cubic inch (7 liter) V8. With a 4 barrel quadrajet carburetor and connected to a Turbo Hydra-Matic (TH-400) automatic transmission it managed to output 360 horsepower.

With the hood up you can see the concealed headlights are safely stowed away.

1969 Buick 430 V8 Engine

430 cubic inch V8

In addition to the vinyl roof mention above, the original owner of this car also opted for an AM radio ($88), air conditioning ($421), power windows ($110), power front seat (74) and power trunk release ($14).

It was a great year for the Riviera and it was selling better than ever with 52,782 of them sold for the 1969 model year at a base price of $4,701.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

Recommended Reading

Riviera Performance Portfolio Book

Buick Riviera 1963-78 Performance Portfolio by R.M. Clarke

Road and comparison tests, specifications, performance data and more...

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